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    Howdy,
    Don't know what to buy. I am making some Christmas decorations for this Holiday season. Mostly yard reindeer. Some intricate work in the antlers but not too much. Have to cut out legs, body etc. Do I buy a band saw or scroll saw...any advice greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    Depending on the type of decorations you make would be the main factor in your choise of daws. I use to use a jigsaw with a scroll blade ( the type made for jig saws) when I did the yard decorations.For small indoor type I would get a scroll saw.
    Sharon

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    • #3
      I agree with Sharon. Yard decorations are usually pretty good size so a band saw with the proper blade should be just fine. Also, Most scrolls saws are more limited as far as the throat size is concerned. If cutting something over 16" or 18" wide, you would probably have to resort to a spiral blade if using a scroll saw. And that's a whole nother chapter.
      Mike

      Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
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      • #4
        For the larger projects I would use a saber saw with a good saber saw scrolling blade.
        I also like using my Rotozip with the wood cutting bit. It takes a little practice to follow a line but it has pretty much replaced my saber saw.
        Rolf
        RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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        • #5
          Sounds like a jig/saber saw is the tool for this job. Handling large sheets of plywood on a bandsaw or scrollsaw is difficult at best and the throat capacity of either tool will limit you. With a jig saw, you lay the sheet on sawhorses at a comfortable height and just move the saw. Good luck and have fun making sawdust!
          Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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          • #6
            A little tip for the saber saw. Get yourself some thick foam insulation and lay it on 2X4s on your saw horse and then the plywood on that. If the foam is thick enough you won't have a problem with pieces you have cut falling off and perhaps splitting
            Chuck D


            When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
            Jean De La Bruyere...

            l
            Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw

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            • #7
              Chuck,

              That is a great tip! My saw horses all have blade nicks in them.
              Dan
              Dan

              -Just do'in the best I can every day

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              • #8
                The foam can be used over and over and mine has lasted me probable a couple of years. Problem is finding a place to store it.
                Chuck D


                When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
                Jean De La Bruyere...

                l
                Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw

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