What kind of saw should I use to cut curves with on bigger pieces so I don't have to use my scroll saw. I'm going to use my scroll saw for smaller projects but I'm not sure what kind to use on bigger ones.
For bigger than what would fit on a bandsaw or scrollsaw, a jigsaw would be your best bet. It's a great tool to have around anyway.
Don't skimp on one; get a good one, and good blades, like bosch. The newer bosch jigsaws get good reviews, as does the makita, which I like. The makita also has an led. The new festool carvex jigsaws look pretty nice, but $$$$.
I use an older Festool Ps300 jig saw. It's very smooth and
superior to a Bosch I had. The Festool has little guides
down close to the throat, kind of like band saw guides,
and they are made precisely. You can get a used on on
Cutting curves in large piece on the band saw can be a bit
tricky. You can learn to do it and the saw cuts easier
than a jig saw, but it can be trickier to follow a line
closely on the band saw. With a jig saw you can get
right up on top of the line.
For milder contoured shapes, band saws can be set up
with a template copy jig. It's real simple and can make
cutting out multiple parts a snap.
Another alternative to Loren's suggestion is to create patterns that can be used over and over again from tempered hardboard. You use either one of these tools cut the pattern. Rough cut leaving the line then fine tune with sandpaper, files, or whatever you got for a perfectly smooth pattern. Use the pattern for lay out on your work piece. Rough cut the wood with either of these tools leaving the line. Apply pattern to wood with double stick tape and use a flush cut or pattern cutting router bit to create a perfect piece that matches your pattern
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