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11-30-2010 03:54 PM

I am wondering would I ever need a bandsaw? So far I been doing woodworking for years without one. For curve cutting I just use my jigsaw.

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 04:03 PM

when you get one

you will wonder
how you ever did without it

having more ways to do something
is always good
breaking down a set tool
to do one forgotten cut
is no fun

and re-sawing can stretch your wood
and do book-matching

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 04:03 PM

As a woodturner I would be lost without my band saw, I use it to round blanks before they go on the lathe. I think the bandsaw is a must in any shop if you are cutting any thing with a curve.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 04:06 PM

I guess a bandsaw is something I can use.

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 04:20 PM

Here is a test to see if you could use a band saw.

Do you cut tenons for joints?
Do you need to rip a 1/8” thick piece off of a 6” or 8” wide board (resawing)?
Do you need smooth cuts?
Do you have problems with dust?
Are you working with wood that is longer than 12”?
The list goes on but if you are looking at your jigsaw at this point, you may be able to justify a bandsaw. If you know someone that has one, ask if you could try it – this is the best way to see if you need one. Either way, your decision will be an informed one. As a point, if you do have a friend or local business that has one and is willing to let you use it until you get one for your shop, ask them what blades they use and offer to get them a spare. This will also help you to expect the costs and find suppliers of good blades.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 04:21 PM

Charles, I only have a small bandsaw, but I use it for all sorts of things. I am eager to upgrade to a better one that will be even more useful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 04:29 PM

David, I have use a bandsaw in shop class, All the above David. I also been building boxes lately and I am finding a bandsaw comes in handy.

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 04:50 PM

If you do resawing, or prep blanks for woodturning, a bandsaw is a critical piece of equipment… If neither of those are you, then you may or may not use a band saw…

I use mine all the time…

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 05:01 PM


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#9 posted 11-30-2010 05:19 PM

A thought—
There are some things in putting this new toy in your own shop. Get a couple of inexpensive blades—cheap—and different sizes, get a couple of 2×4s and 2×6s. Learn how to change the blades (without getting cut), setup the new blades, and the saw so that it cuts true. Make lots of sawdust until these blades are dull before putting a good blade and good wood through it. Every saw is different, every blade is different, and this saw is not setup by someone else. This way you know how your saw will work and will be able to tell when the blade gets dull or out of alignment.

Good luck

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 11-30-2010 05:28 PM

Cutting wedges, whether they’re for wedged tenons or something else are easiest and safest on a bandsaw. Small crosscuts are much safer and more accurate. As others have mentioned, sawing a curve is safe and simple on a bandsaw, especially for small pieces that would be difficult for a Jigsaw to balance on.

If you’re so inclined, you can even cut the pins and tails for through-dovetails on your bandsaw.

I do the majority of my rip cutting on a bandsaw as well, since I don’t have room for a good table saw.


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#11 posted 11-30-2010 05:38 PM

Its nice to have a bandsaw. Lots of opportunity comes with it. Check the ads on Craig’s List and Ebay. Lots of good prices on used and new ones.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 11-30-2010 05:38 PM

As with most big woodworking power tools.. you can live without them and make due, keeping your projects focused on the tools you do have. BUT once i got a second hand bandsaw, even though it was in bad shape I repaired it monthly… I grew to LOVE having one. When the old one finally died… I discovered an empty space in my heart and had to get a new and better one. The uses are almost endless, from cutting a stack of wood for the fireplace, cutting logs in half, cutting circles and templates… detailed veneer cuts..

The best thing is Bandsaws have a one direction blade feed.. no kickback… no bouncing.. total control. And I can easily change the blades for metal, plastic, or wood… best power tool I own.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#13 posted 11-30-2010 05:45 PM

They’re mighty handy.

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#14 posted 11-30-2010 05:52 PM

A band saw is a great thing. What I like is all of the simple things they can do for you with just the stock miter gauge and fence that come with em. And with those two items and a moderate size blade they are always ready to go to work for you at a moments notice. For example I was putting some small ledges inside of rivergirl’s tool box so I needed some 1/4×5/8 pieces of s4s stock. I had a piece of 1/4 inch stock laying around so I just ripped them out of it with the rip fence, stacked ‘em up in 4’s, locked ‘em in my vice, and planed the rough edge right quick with my smooth plane. It would have been dangerous for me to rip these on the table saw. I’m always using my bandsaw for odd ball stuff like this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 11-30-2010 06:07 PM

Been looking at getting a use Delta 28-245 1/2hp bandsaw.

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