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    What are the different uses for a table saw and a band saw

    Im kind of new to band saws so I was wondering if anyone can tell me the main purpose of using a band saw over a table saw. What is the main purpose of this tool.

    Thanks all and Im sorry for such a boring question.


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    RE: What are the different uses for a table saw and a band s

    That crazy Sonny told me I didn't need a table saw unless I was building tables. The guy next door told me he was going to put together a band, so I offered..............nevermind.

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    RE: What are the different uses for a table saw and a band s

    hehe, thats pretty funny...

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    A long ago post...

    .... in a galaxy far, far awayyy....... ;) I have posted this before in other words }>[hr]OK...let's look at this logically :)
    The basic "cuts" that most woodworkers do to make furnuture,
    cabinets, shelves, toys, boxes, etc are;
    (1) Rip
    (2) Crosscut
    (3) Joint
    (4) Plane
    (5) Dado
    (6) Rabbet
    (7) Miter
    (8) Resaw
    (9) Compound miter
    (10) Mitered rip
    (11) Raised panel (and cove)
    (12) Contour edges
    (13) Spline
    (14) Tongue and Groove
    (15) Kerf (for inlay or bending)
    (16) Mortise
    (17) Tenon
    (18) Half lap
    (19) Sliding dovetail
    (20) Box joint
    (21) Curves

    OK...let's look at "standard" jigs and accessories for the Tablesaw and Bandsaw;

    Tablesaw[ul][li]Miter gauge[li]Crosscut sled[li]Miter
    and compound miter sled[li]Tall and "specialty"
    fences[li]Dado blade[li]Moulding head[/ul]

    Bandsaw[ul][li]Auxiliary table[li]Fence[li]Miter
    gauge[/ul]

    Alrighty...let's look at each tool and match them to the listed cuts....Please remember that this is ONLY my opinion...YMMV.

    Tablesaw

    "Excels" at[ul][li]1[li]10[li]11
    (I like the look and the flexibility of making cove type cuts of ANY size)[li]13 (can make a deep slot in one pass)[li]14 (unless you have a matched set of bits for the router and are cutting 3/4"
    stock)[li]15[li]17[/ul]
    Additionally, "Can do" or "is able to" [ul][li]3 (sorta kinda)[li]5[li]6[li]8[li]9[li]12 (with molding head)[li]18[li]19[li]20[/ul]

    Bandsaw

    "Excels" at[ul][li]8[li]21[/ul]
    Additionally, "Can do" or "is able to"[ul][li]1[li]2[li]7[li]9 (Really poorly!)[li]10 (same comment)[li]17[li]18[li]20 (very limited)[/ul][hr]

    Hope this helps a little....

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    RE: A long ago post...

    "OK...let's look at "standard" jigs and accessories for the
    Tablesaw and Bandsaw;

    Tablesaw[ul][li]Miter gauge[li]Crosscut sled[li]Miter and compound miter sled[li]Tall and "specialty" fences[li]Dado blade[li]Moulding head[/ul]

    Bandsaw[ul][li]Auxiliary table[li]Fence[li]Miter gauge"[/ul]


    The Bandsaw list should look more like this:

    Bandsaw[ul][li]Auxiliary table[li]Ripping Fence[li]Miter gauge[li]Re-saw Fence[li]Circle Cutter[li]Duplicutter[/ul]

    I think it should be stated that basically a bandsaw is good for cutting accurate curves in thick woods and resawing, while a tablesaw is suited to straight/miter cuts, and joinery, and it also really depends on what you will be making in your shop; for instance I find a bandsaw much more useful for what I do, if I had a table saw I'd probably never touch it.

    [link:www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?page=30053&category=1,41036&SID=&ccurrenc y=1|This is a duplicutter if anyone is wondering]

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    RE: A long ago post...

    http://www.leevalley.com/images/item.../47z0501s3.jpg

    I'll update my list.... thanks :)

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