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Thread: I'm so frustrated right now.

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    I'm so frustrated right now.

    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?

    Tom

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    If it fits your budget, go 17". You will love the decision.
    Otherwise, a nice 14" (Jet, Grizzly, etc.) will serve you very well. I have the Griz G0555 14 incher and will be putting a riser on it to cut over 6" pieces.

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    I'm so frustrated right now

    I know how you feel.Like said,even if you have to wait a day or so to save up for it,get the best you can afford.To me this is one tool in the turners shop that you don't want to by cheap,as you will regret it later on.You may want to check Craigs list in your area.I have seen some good deals there.Good luck.

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    Tom, Frank gave you good advice on the bandsaws. Now if you just want to get back to turning,take your chain saw and cut off the corners.It woun't be as good as a bs will be, but it's a lot better than a square blank. If your blank isn't real thick i'll use my 12" miter saw and cut the corners off. Hope that might help get ya started, and please post pics.
    Steve

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    Sorry for the frustration, but you've gotten good advice so far, Tom. The Grizzly G0555 and its brethren are good saws, and especially with a riser, are likely to be able to handle the sizes of blanks you're likely to be turning. As others have said, bigger is better, and used tools can be a good deal, too.

    For now, I'd go with Steve's advice and knock the corners off with a chainsaw and spin up some of that walnut. Once you have curlies flying all over the place, you'll almost forget about your bandsaw troubles.

    Here's an example of a few "chainsaw round" blanks that went straight onto the lathe. I only rounded the blanks that were bigger than I wanted to wrestle onto the bandsaw. (For scale, that's an 18" bar on the chainsaw)...

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I guess the chainsaw will have to do for now. I've looked around tonight and do not see anything decent for sale in my area so I will have to just keep looking. I would not mind buying used, if I can find something in good shape.

    Tom

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    Tom,
    Have to agree with advice todate.. go big on the BS if you can.. I have a Delta 14" without a riser yet, it's frustrating trying to put big blanks under it.... I do use my chainsaw to set up most of my bowl blanks...

    Vaughn,
    Those are some honking bowl blanks you got set up...
    Chuck
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    I did find this. Can anyone tell me anything about it good or bad. I e-mailed the owner for info. What about the price?
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/tls/1285934602.html

    Tom

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    I'm so frustrated right now

    WOW,hope you get it.That looks looks like one heck of a good deal for 350.00.I would grab it up in a heartbeat ifn I were close enough.I'v heard a lot of good talk about em.Good luck.
    Last edited by Ken Ward; 08-21-2009 at 02:30 AM.

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    Yep, like Ken said, Griz makes good bandsaws. This looks to be a pretty good deal.
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