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Which is better for making playscale (Barbie, G.I. Joe) furniture, a scroll saw or a band saw? I need to have the ability to make straight and curved cuts in order to make Chippendale and Queen Anne chair seats, arms and backs. I also need to be able to make cabriole legs, which I have seen some miniaturists use a drill press for; is that the tool of choice? If so, why? Can I use a scroll saw instead? Or do I need both to get started? Thank-you in advance for any knowledge you can throw my way.
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OK call me confused.... This post was done in August?

But in my opinion I'd take the scroll over band any day because its more versatile and can do intricate cuts where the band saw is too limited. But band saws definitely have their usefulness.

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Hi Laura

I would say the band saw,it can do more than the scroll saw but the same as the scroll saw.... .

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Which is better for making playscale (Barbie, G.I. Joe) furniture, a scroll saw or a band saw? I need to have the ability to make straight and curved cuts in order to make Chippendale and Queen Anne chair seats, arms and backs. I also need to be able to make cabriole legs, which I have seen some miniaturists use a drill press for; is that the tool of choice? If so, why? Can I use a scroll saw instead? Or do I need both to get started? Thank-you in advance for any knowledge you can throw my way.



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I would first go with the scroll saw, but there are some small bandsaws that would go well in conjunction with it.

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BJ the band saw can't fret cut like a scroll can but a scroll has a harder time with thick wood. If I were doing barbie furniture I would use both in conjunction with each other

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I'm not sure why you would do any fret cuts for barbie furniture


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lol BJ you're "talking" to a person who does nothing "normal" for one and secondly a scroll is more versatile in its use. I've used a band saw and loved it for straight cuts but for sharp and detailed cuts I prefer the scroll. Not knocking the band saw at all but for Barbie furniture if you want it to look elegant I think a scroll would work better

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Yes it was, Barb. It was caught up in the forum "spam net" and I just released it.

I sent a PM to the OP to get them to check back.

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