Woodworking/band saw


My son (almost 30 has taken a great interest in wood working and has made some small projects, candle stick holders, picture frames, (he is also a drummer) and wants to make drums ... this is only a hobby but he sure seems to love it - He has been asking for a band saw - I might as well go into my local home depot blind folded because I have no idea what type, style, etc etc I am looking for as I want to buy one for him. I dont want to sell my soul to buy it - but I want it to be something he will have for years to come and not something cleap... Would you be able to make some suggestions - I am local to home depot - Lowes and menards - and I do buy on line as well. Much Thanks

Hi Nina, sorry about the late reply, for some reason I was not notified of your pending question.Unfortunately, the stores you mentioned will not have a true professional grade tool, which is what I suggest if you're serious about buying him a tool that will cut accurately, adjust easily, and have enough power to do all the cuts required from such a tool. Such a tool will also cost a substantial amount, but in the long run, you do kind of get what you pay for with this type of machine. The important points are the motor size, quality of the parts and castings, heft of the machine, and blade guide system. Bearing roller guides are a must, and good ones are not found on cheaper machines like the Craftsman from Sears or the like. I would be looking at Rikon, Grizzly, Jet, Delta, and such as a starting point. I have a 14" older Rikon model, which I bought used as a Demo product, and it has proved to be very good at everything except the heaviest resawing chores. A 14" machine is the starting point where you'll get the decent, robust bearing blade guides, coupled with enough heft and horsepower to handle the typical bandsawing chores.They all have subtle differences, but a lot of reviews and info can be found with some simple Google searching.....but you'll definitely need to establish a budget to work with in the $500- $1200 range to entertain the idea of a worthy tool. Having said that, there are many used tool dealers around the country, and perhaps that is an option as well. A band saw is an essential tool in any woodshop, but it doesn't pay to buy an inferior tool.I hope that helps a little, please post back if need be, and good luck-Regards- Greg


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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