In the last few months I have put together what I thought was all the tools to start turning decent size bowls and such. I have purchased new gouges, a chuck, a lathe, and spent most of last weekend cutting up a large amount of walnut wood that was given to me. I've been feeling kind of foolish because I've spent so much time and effort in gathering all the stuff I needed but I wasn't turning anything. Well tonight I thought I would give this new wood a spin and so I took my first real good size piece of walnut and marked a circle on it. I then took it to my small band saw just to cut off the corners a little and WHAM...POW...my little 10" Craftsman bench top band saw flies apart. I never liked this saw anyway but I had hoped that it would at least cut, even a crooked cut would be ok. BUT NOOOOO.... So I went ahead and mounted the block (very square) on the lathe but it beat me up trying to cut it down so I gave up. I tried to use a circular saw but not much luck. SOOOOO.... now I need to find me a decent band saw. I'll have to search the threads here for recommendations. I would assume that I need to buy as large as I can afford but finding quality is going to be important too. I would guess something in the 14-inch range?