File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 65

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Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 17:25:45 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?

Scroll saws are great for fine details, but trying to do simple cuts quickly through 2-3 inch wood, you're likely to break a bunch of blades.
Unless you're cutting complex shapes, you'll probably be better off getting the band saw.

Look for used ones on craigslist or ebay, I think in this wintry economic climate, people with tools they don't use are looking for some cash.

B. Shur

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> Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 16:38:59 -0400
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?
> Hi all.
> I'm shopping for a band saw, and find it becoming more and more difficult.
> Availability and choice is very scarce in the price range I can afford 
> (200$).
> I know it's not the best quality at that range, but that's what I can 
> sacrifice on my next contract's budget.  I need the tool to do the project 
> properly. I will upgrade to a better model as soon as I can.
> I'm starting to wonder if a scroll saw might be better for what I intend to 
> do, since I see more choices, and lower prices, in that category.
> My main need is to cut 2" or 3" thick wood (soft and hard, real wood and 
> plywood, the occasional plastic and foam), to make puppet articulations 
> (tongue and groove) and marionette controllers.
> Would a scroll saw be suited for this, or should I really go for the 
> bandsaw's durable blade?
> OR... would an entirely different tool be just what I need?
> Like, is there such a thing as:
> . a power tool that moves in the same way as an electrical meat cutting 
> knife, for cutting wood in fine detail?
> . a hand-held scroll saw?
> Thanks in advance for your help. 
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