File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 67

Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 17:29:00 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?

You will need a band saw. Scroll saws are not meant to go through 2" thick  
wood, be it hard or soft. I have tried to cut 1" wood with a scroll saw. No go. 
 And band saw blades are not always the most durable things, either, if you 
try  for tight curves. I work with the biggest bandsaw on the common market, 
and cut  through 3" HARD hard woods. I may not get all the curves perfectly, but 
I use my  Dremel to cut them to perfection. 
In a message dated 4/4/2009 3:36:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

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 
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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