|Forum topic by Richard Miller||posted 04-08-2012 02:46 AM||4555 views||1 time favorited||51 replies|
04-08-2012 02:46 AM
Ok, let me preface this whole thing by saying…I am very much an amateur wannabe. I have built a couple of things, my router table, my workbench of which I think I did pretty well on them, they are basic though. I’ve done a few small boxes which is what I’m trending toward, doing smaller items. I’m sure I will expand in the future but right now, that’s where it’s at. And let me reiterate, at this stage, it is more of a hobby but is serious. I don’t need something that will stand up under “production” use. Right now, I can visualize the largest wood I would be resawing or planing would be maybe 6-8 inches in width, thickness, depth, however you look at it and maybe up to 18-24 inches long. Like I say, smallish boxes and stuff like that.
I have the funds to purchase a low end planer or a bandsaw but not both at this time. I have looked at the Porter-Cable PC305TS and the DeWalt DW734 as my options since I want to get them from a close by source, Lowes or HD. The DeWalt is definitely the better of the 2 but is a few bucks over what I can comfortably cough up.
I know next to nothing about bandsaws but there are a few that fall within my budget and planer knowledge is about the same. Since the pieces of wood I’m visualizing using would not be more that 2 feet long at a time and no wider than 6.8 inches. I understand that wood run through a planer should be of a minimum length and then you have the snipe to worry about, more from the PC than from the DeWalt. As much as I would like to get the DeWalt planer, that’s probably pretty much out of the question at the moment so it’s between the Porter-Cable and a bandsaw.
Even after planing, I’m going to need to sand and then there’s the wood lost from snipe. I’m thinking that resawing may be what I want to do at the moment. I can go from cutting a board in half to shaving off 1/4 or 1/8” (I’m presuming) and then sand to finish. You know, the more I write this, the more I think I’m answering my own question. The planer is pretty much a single purpose item whereas the bandsaw can have many secondary uses. I guess if I go bandsaw, low end, bench top or floor stand version would be the question.
Any and all advice would be appreciated and considered.