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COMO

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574 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I would like to buy either a small band saw or scroll saw. Right now I have a small budget and very little space. Mainly I would like to use it to cut small projects to shape like bottle openers and cut pieces for inlay like butterflies. Eventually I would like to buy a bigger band saw after I have more space but that could be a while. I guess I am just looking for opinions on what I would need.
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MJCD

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#1 posted 574 days ago

COMO:

Our Projects dictate our tool choices.

A scroll saw is great for small projects; but is virtually limited to them – other than the ability to cut near-zero turn radius curves, the scroll saw is almost useless for ‘normal’ woodworking chores. A bandsaw has a much broader capability set.

I don’t know that this helps.
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#2 posted 574 days ago

Band saw is the most versatile tool IMO.

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#3 posted 574 days ago

Like MJCD said, it really depends on the exact projects that you want to do. A scroll saw will not cut thick material and has a hard time with slightly thick stuff (Anything over 1.25” thick gets really difficult, thiner for some materials)

You mention inlay, which is a great use of a scroll saw. there are different types and detail levels in inlay. If you want detailed/fancy stuff a scroll saw awesome. For some of the simple stuff a bandsaw could suffice.

I love my scroll saw, all of my projects are made with a scroll saw.

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#4 posted 574 days ago

A scroll saw will do “inside” patterns and such, where the BS has to cut itself a path into and out of the piece.

FWIW, I have successfully scrolled 3/4in Soft Maple and UN-successfully scrolled 3/4in White Ash (too hard for the thickness). The Ash, tended to wander too much, especially between the grain/rings. I have an old 21yr+ 16in Delta “pinless” scroll saw.

All that said, I think you may be correct in that a small 10in BS might be your best fit.

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