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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Beerfish, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. dugg

    dugg TDPRI Member

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    Grizzly rules. I tried a 14" laguna at my local weekend warrior woodhouse and it was not better than my GrizzG555 'ultimate 14", though it's much more expensive. But, getting a bandsaw just to cut out solid bodies is not really necessary, you could just as easily use a jigsaw or router. That being said, the bandsaw is by far the most versatile and creative saw you can own and indespensible for resawing. I own a nice router, but haven't used it for a guitar, ever. Maybe it was all those years of cabinet making, I'm just sick of hearing it. Now, I use hand planes and chisels. For an old woodworker like me, being able to use nice hand tools is a plus, not a setback.
     
  2. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You could do it with a jigsaw ............ but not "just as easily". Cutting 1 3/4 in. wood with a jigsaw is not an easy task.
     
  3. twangcaster1

    twangcaster1 Friend of Leo's

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    About medium size bandsaw.
     
  4. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    I just want to testify - how true this statement is!! I finished cutting out the Mini-Strat-Tele neck rough from kiln dried 1.75" poplar, and it was all my poor little anemic B&D jigsaw could do. It took nearly an hour to make all of the cuts, and man is the bottom side out of whack. Look later for a photo of the roughed out neck. I'd love to find a great deal on a 12" bandsaw. I've got guitar-build-itus, baaaaaaddddd.
     
  5. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Let me also say not all jigsaws are created equal. You don't want to purchase a 29.99$ walmart special for cutting 1 3/4" hardwood. Those little guys are essentially made to cut thin paneling and thinner particle boards. You want to invest in a nice big Bosch, Milwaukee, or something or similiar quality and strenous size. Same as with a bandsaw, the little one just isn't made for such work. Eventhough, the bigger nicer jigsaws will cost a lot more than the little bandsaws, you will get more in return on quality, longevity, and portability.

    I saw a nice 12" bandsaw at sears today. It had a bigger table and more throat depth than my 14".
     
  6. Tom S

    Tom S Friend of Leo's

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    All my large tools, the bandsaw, jointer, and table saw are Jet. I seem to recall that when I bought them, they where priced very similarly to the competing Delta stuff, in some cases a little cheaper. I thought the Jet equipment was slightly superior. Have the Jet prices gone up a lot? When I bought the bandsaw and jointer, for instance, it was when Jet first introduced the white cabinets. Mine where some kind of special editions at the time, and I think I paid about $525 each for them. This was maybe 12 years ago or so.
     
  7. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Jets least expensive 14" bandsaw is about 600$ and there 6 1/8" jointer is about 750$. In comparrison, I only gave 150$ for my Central machinery 14" bandsaw. At the time, we did not have a home depot, but Craftsman and Delta were around 350$. One of these days when I build a proper wood working shop, I am going to upgrade my equipment to Jet.
     
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