Reply by bbasiaga

  • Advertise with us

Posted on What to buy and when?

View bbasiaga's profile


1243 posts in 2443 days

#1 posted 03-15-2016 06:30 PM

Good advice from William.

I think ultimately you will find ways around not having a bandsaw as there is a lot you can do with that jigsaw and a fence and some patience. If you find yourself doing that a lot, or end up getting roughsawn lumber or stuff you need to resaw, then a bandsaw will be handy. Until then…save your money.

A drill press is a great tool that I think you will use on a lot of jobs. I did just fine with a benchtop from HF for $50 for a long time. Hard to go wrong there. As my projects got bigger, I did run in to some power and reach limitations. When it finally died after years of good service, I did replace it with a floor standing model to get more depth and reach. Drill presses can be used for: driling, sanding, light lathe type work (see Youtube). Doesn’t sound like a lot, but with tilting tables and jigs you can make a lot of holes that are really hard to do with a hand drill. Plus it is a lot easier to keep them straight. There are tools you use on every project, and the drill press is a lot closer to that list than a bandsaw, at least for me. Now if you make a bunch of bandsaw boxes….see William’s advice above.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics