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jamsomito

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 07:06 PM

The suggestion to think about what you need for your next project and get the tool that project needs, is a great one. It doesn’t sound like you have one tool you’ve been craving on every project you’ve done so far (which would be the best way to go), so the one you need for the next project is going to be the best way to go. Chances are if you need it for the current project, you’ll need it for future projects.

If you’re really having a hard time deciding, I might seriously suggest one of the benchtop oscillating spindle/edge sanders. You probably won’t get a great bandsaw for $200, at least it would be hard to get one that does better than some skilled jigsaw work. So, use the jigsaw you already have and then take it to the spindle / edge sander to clean it up back to your line. Don’t have to worry about blade drift or hitting the line on the jigsaw and you still get the figures you want to cut in the wood (straight, inside, or outside curves). I have to do the same starting at the bandsaw anyways, so I think this is a great option. But, it’s the tool I’ve been needing on every single project I’ve done so far, so for me it was an easy choice as my next tool. Check out the Wen 6523 or the Ridgid EB4424.

I would not recommend a biscuit joiner. I have a cheapo I got as a hand-me-down. I’ve done glue-ups with it and I’ve done glue-ups without it. Both have come out the same. It helps with alignment on big glue-ups, but it is far from a necessity.


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