File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 73

Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 08:44:09 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Band Saw, Scroll Saw, other?

A bandsaw is indespensible.  I'd get that first.  My Sears bandsaw
from 1979 trucks on and on and I think I might have paid $300  for it.
 You can sometimes find them used. There are better brands, but the
sears one has been fine for 30 years.   The scroll saw only does  a
fraction of what the band saw can do and it takes a very fine blade
when you need  it.   Are you wanting the scroll saw for interior cut
outs like eyes, because that is something the scroll saw does that a
band saw can't.   Before I had the band saw I bought a used dremel
scroll saw which was great for fine jewelry work. I might have paid
$20 for it and it is still working great as well.  Now that you
mention tools, I'd be nowhere without  my stationary belt sander for
that matter.

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 5:29 PM,  <> wrote:
> 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.
> =A0And band saw blades are not always the most durable things, either, if you
> try =A0for tight curves. I work with the biggest bandsaw on the common market,
> and cut =A0through 3" HARD hard woods. I may not get all the curves perfectly, but
> I use my =A0Dremel to cut them to perfection.
> Perhaps:
> _
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> Alice
> In a message dated 4/4/2009 3:36:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> Hi =A0all.
> I'm shopping for a band saw, and find it becoming more and more =A0difficult.
> Availability and choice is very scarce in the price range I can =A0afford
> (200$).
> I know it's not the best quality at that range, but =A0that's what I can
> sacrifice on my next contract's budget. =A0I need the =A0tool to do the project
> properly. I will upgrade to a better model as soon =A0as I can.
> I'm starting to wonder if a scroll saw might be better for =A0what I intend to
> do, since I see more choices, and lower prices, in that =A0category.
> My main need is to cut 2" or 3" thick wood (soft and hard, real =A0wood and
> plywood, the occasional plastic and foam), to make puppet =A0articulations
> (tongue and groove) and marionette =A0controllers.
> Would a scroll saw be suited for this, or should I =A0really go for the
> bandsaw's durable blade?
> OR... would an entirely =A0different tool be just what I need?
> Like, is there such a thing =A0as:
> . a power tool that moves in the same way as an electrical meat =A0cutting
> knife, for cutting wood in fine detail?
> . a hand-held scroll =A0saw?
> Thanks in advance for your help.
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