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My question today is in reference to a scroll saw. I have a half inch blade on my BS that works well for 90 percent of my need to own a BS.

However, there are a few times that I need to install a 1/8th blade when I need to cut some curves such as making template for an inlays etc.

Changing blades on the big 17" BS takes time and is a job that I do not relish, so I'm thinking about just buying scroll saw, so that I won't have the hassle of changing blades on the BS.

My question is of course is, does this approach make sense, and if not, what would be a better approach outside of buying a second BS which is what I had been thinking of doing until I thought of the scroll saw.

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I can't help ya, Jerry. I am in the same boat. I have a 3/16 inch blade on my saw and want to install a 1/2 incher. It seems every time I get ready, something comes up and I need to cut the curvy stuff.

My biggest problem is I don't have floor space for another big tool. Even the scroll saw would take up room unless I could figure out a way to store it on a shelf and pull it out when needed. IMO, the band saw would be much faster to use.

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My question today is in reference to a scroll saw. I have a half inch blade on my BS that works well for 90 percent of my need to own a BS.

However, there are a few times that I need to install a 1/8th blade when I need to cut some curves such as making template for an inlays etc.

Changing blades on the big 17" BS takes time and is a job that I do not relish, so I'm thinking about just buying scroll saw, so that I won't have the hassle of changing blades on the BS.

My question is of course is, does this approach make sense, and if not, what would be a better approach outside of buying a second BS which is what I had been thinking of doing until I thought of the scroll saw.

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Jerry, Bandsaws are not ideal in making closed cutout templates. Scroll saws are better,or a jig saw. I have a new Makita 12v. lithium jig saw and with the bosch blades it eats up 3/4" thick material. I have real problems cutting anything on a scroll saw over 1/8" thick. I break blades like crazy,so bought this little jig saw.
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Jerry, Bandsaws are not ideal in making closed cutout templates. Scroll saws are better,or a jig saw. I have a new Makita 12v. lithium jig saw and with the bosch blades it eats up 3/4" thick material. I have real problems cutting anything on a scroll saw over 1/8" thick. I break blades like crazy,so bought this little jig saw.
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Your input does help a lot. Not having any experience with a scroll saw I would not know aobut issue of breaking blades as you described. Can you make fairly tight curves with the jig saw?

I have an old Craftsman jig saw that came with that first batch of used tools five years ago. I have never got the hand of using it, when I turn the saw to follow a line, the saw turns and the blade does not follow the same amount. So you have to turn the saw more than you think tht need and hope that the blade turns the right amount which it never does. I have not ashed canned the saw but sure have not love for it.

Ihope that the answer to the problem is that it is just junk and a good jig saw like what you are talking about would be a good choice.

Give me more feed back, this is sure what I have asked about, thanks.

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I can't help ya, Jerry. I am in the same boat. I have a 3/16 inch blade on my saw and want to install a 1/2 incher. It seems every time I get ready, something comes up and I need to cut the curvy stuff.

My biggest problem is I don't have floor space for another big tool. Even the scroll saw would take up room unless I could figure out a way to store it on a shelf and pull it out when needed. IMO, the band saw would be much faster to use.

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When you say faster, do you mean that the BS would cut faster. Due to my inexperience with cutting curves and my vision issue, I cut curves very slowly as it is, but what Herb has pointed about about the scroll saw is sure causing me to shy away from going that route. I might fall back to buying a second BS that I can just keep a narrow blade on all of the time. Space is not problem in my large shop.

The 14" Grizzly is the one that I have had my eye on for about $500 plus freight. But it sure would just be a luxury not a need. I'm going to look closer at the jig saw after I get some feed back about the matter from other members.

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Jerry, Bandsaws are not ideal in making closed cutout templates. Scroll saws are better,or a jig saw. I have a new Makita 12v. lithium jig saw and with the bosch blades it eats up 3/4" thick material. I have real problems cutting anything on a scroll saw over 1/8" thick. I break blades like crazy,so bought this little jig saw.
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Is this the saw that you have?

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-VJ01W-1.../dp/B009RNJO9O
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Jerry, I have to agree with Herb about the jigsaw. I too had an "elcheapo" jigsaw, even cheaper than the Craftsman you have. While it DID cut, it was always a struggle as it did not cut well, or fast. I've since upgraded to a Bosch jigsaw.... what a difference!! A more powerful motor, better constructed base, and better quality blades have all combined to make a real nice cutting saw.

As to your original question, I do have a scroll saw which doesn't see much use since I got the aforementioned jigsaw. I also have (had?) a cheap small bandsaw. I blew a tire on it a while back and haven't decided to fix it or scrap it. Honestly, I haven't missed it.

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I will agree,don't go cheap on the jigsaw,I bought a cheap one for one job thinking I would never use it again,since found multiple time I could use it but it is a piece of xo%£ so I cannot get a good cut
Herb says the Bosch is good,if it's like there routers,it's the best

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When you say faster, do you mean that the BS would cut faster. Due to my inexperience with cutting curves and my vision issue, I cut curves very slowly as it is, but what Herb has pointed about about the scroll saw is sure causing me to shy away from going that route. I might fall back to buying a second BS that I can just keep a narrow blade on all of the time. Space is not problem in my large shop.

The 14" Grizzly is the one that I have had my eye on for about $500 plus freight. But it sure would just be a luxury not a need. I'm going to look closer at the jig saw after I get some feed back about the matter from other members.

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The 14 inch Grizzly is the band saw I have. Flash back to 1983 (or thereabouts). I was cutting out craft stuff, specifically 3 1/2 inch letters out of 3/4 white pine that my wife would decorate and sell. I got the bright idea to buy a scroll saw. Back then, all I knew about was Sears, so I bought one. That lasted about 15 minutes. I hated every minute of it. It vibrated badly, broke blades and was the slowest cutting thing imaginable.

It was definitely not for me. I wound up giving it away. I bought a Craftsman 12 inch band saw and cut a lot of wood with that thing, even though I was limited to the 12 inch throat.

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Is this the saw that you have?

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-VJ01W-1.../dp/B009RNJO9O
Yes, that looks like it, I use only bosch or makita blades. I also have a craftsman scrolling corded jig saw and I have the same problem you have. I hear the Bosch jigsaws are very good too.

Jerry, a bandsaw will not cut the centers out of templates unless you cut your way into the center.
I have a 14" bandsaw for my big saw and a craftsman 3 wheeler for my little one I use for making jigs and wacking off the end of a piece. Remember a 14" saw only gives you around 12" throat. The Grizzly is a nice saw, my cousin has one.

Back to making templates. you said for inlays .That means you need a saw to cut a hole.

Someone else will have to recommend a scrollsaw, there are good ones out there.I am sure.

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