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bbasiaga

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#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.

-Brian

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


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