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    I have just started a painting class, and am interested in cutting out my own patterns of decorative items (just an outline) such as snowmen, witches, etc. very simple woodcutting. what kind of saw is used?(litterally, ha ha) My budget is 200.00 or less. is that possible? any suggestions for brand, etc. is appreciated. thanks

  • #2
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    what are you planning to cut them out of? Plywood? My first thought is a bandsaw...if you are talking very small items, you may want a scrollsaw. If I get the right picture of what you are going to do, I would suggest a bandsaw. You won't get anything worth taking home for 200.00 unless you can find a good one at a garage sale, the closest would be the grizzly Go55 bandsaw............all this is imho! (believe the grizzly is just under 400.00..385? but don't quote me!) :-/ :

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    • #3
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      thanks Hi-ho Silver. Sounds like I might have to wait and save up a while. I think that it would probably be a pine or other soft wood. I would want the edges smooth and about 1 to 11/2 ' thick. It is so costly to buy the items already cut and I want to be able to cut my own. It would give me more variety. I imagine it would pay for it self in time. appreciate your answer, Lonnie

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      • #4
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        My thinking was right then on what you were going to cut, I know that is more money than you wanted to spend, but if you spend say 200.00 for something that is junk, and it is no fun using, you have wasted 200.00 and no products and later still have to go spend more money for a GOOD saw! but if you get a good saw and enjoy what you are doing, and in addition the saw will last for years.....this is all from experience, have gone the cheap tool route....just doesn't work! best wishes in whatever you do!

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        • #5
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          Lonnie, we've had some good discussions on these boards about scrolling and band saws. Hi-Ho's right about the band saw. You don't want to try scroll-sawing 1 1/2' thick stock to make those parts. A scroll saw that big would be a lot of $ and still not as useful as a good bandsaw.

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          • #6
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            I forgot to mention, you can get an 1/8 inch blade for a bandsaw, they don't cut as tight a radius as a scrollsaw, but pretty tight........now with that said, if you want to do that! Get a GOOD blade, like a wolf from suffolk machinery, I tried a 1/8 in cheaper blade and it lasted about 10 minutes!! ??? :

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            • #7
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              I agree with Hi Ho and MD, A good Bandsaw will do the job. I have both a band saw and a RBI 220 commerical scrollsaw. Both are equally used, depending on the application, which saw I use.
              However.I have seen some real nice yard peices done with a Roto Zip. Have one, but only with lard application that I can use the band or scrollsaw.. Chips fly everwhere with it.

              A good saw backed up with a good blade is unbeatable.
              Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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              • #8
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                That should have read,'Have one, but only with 'large' instead of 'lard' application that I can use the band or scrollsaw.
                Fingers don't type what my mind tells them too. :
                Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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                • #9
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                  If these items aren't overly large, you can cut them out with a coping saw until you save up enough for a good bandsaw. The coping saw will be a little slow, but will work surprisingly well, just take awhile. But, you'll be saving money for the bandsaw. One additional question; How much room do you have? Big equipment is not well suited to an appartment or bedroom. All that said, bigger is better - always. Life is full of trade offs, darn it.

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                  • #10
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                    Thanks for all the info! My dear husband surprised me with a Dewalt 788 for Christmas. Too cold outside now to use it, am anxious to get started!

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                    • #11
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                      I haven't been back to this post for awhile but suggest you get hold of Mike at the 'flying dutchman' site (he is also on here as 3_m) I haven't tried them yet but hear they are to a scrollsaw what the wolf blades are to a bandsaw...invaluable!!

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                      • #12
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                        Lonnie,

                        A year ago or so I bought a nice little benchtop bandsaw off of eBay for $80 or $90. The brand name is Rand. This little saw works very well on 1' to 2' stock. I have since bought a 14' saw for my larger projects but still use my Rand for the small stuff & keep a thin blade on it for just this purpose.

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                        • #13
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                          I've had luck using a scroll saw to cut 3/4 inch stuff, it works great for me, its a Ryobi brand that I bought at home depot, its also variable speed maybe thats the difference.
                          Mel
                          The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

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                          • #14
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                            For something as you are suggesting you might want to look at the Delta scrollsaws which you can get at Lowes. I think a scrollsaw will give you better adaptability with what you want to cut out. Now that I read your further comments about cutting 1&1/2' thick wood you are better off with a bandsaw. Again I would look at the Delta saws. You aren't going to get much for $200, but a (' saw would be good for what you are doing. JTTHECLOCKMAN
                            John T.

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                            • #15
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                              Go to sears for $200.00 I can get a bandsaw, scrollsaw, & jigsaw. One of them will cut what you want.
                              A DAY LATE-DOLLAR SHORT ALWAYS

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