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#1 posted 12-13-2013 02:02 AM

Band saw!

Before that, all my curved pieces had to be cut rough first with a jigsaw, then I had to make a pattern out of mdf (also with a jigsaw), then clean that up by sanding, then clamp it to the rough-cut piece, then run a flush trim bit. PITA! That was all to avoid flare-out of the jigsaw blade around curves.

I can also cut some of my tenons on the band saw now which is easier sometimes. But perhaps the hugest benefit of the band saw for me is resawing. I resaw close to the desired thickness, then either hand plane or run through the planer without killing myself (or the planer).

I can make ogee bracket legs now. Can cut curves in stock thicker than 1” now, etc. Absolutely love it. It’s a Porter Cable.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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