Hello all, I've been lathing for a few years now but am getting into a broader range of woodworking this year. My question is - what is the best power tool to cut a piece of wood at least 1ft all around (1ft x 1ft x 1ft... just an approx, these will be uneven log or heartwood pieces).... into 1in thick slabs? Without wasting a bunch of it?
See, I usually work with exotic hardwoods, so that chunk of wood could cost me over $200 to purchase. So I really need to minimize wood loss when cutting.... therefore anything that wastes 1/3rd of the wood is out. My goal is to produce things like serving paddles and small stands. But, having little experience with tools other than a lathe and etc, I don't know what could do that. The only thing I could think of was a mill, but they are huge and wayyy out of my price range. So any tips would be amazing!
The tools I have are:
- Drill Press
- Table Saw
- Scroll Saw (new this week, but obviously way too narrow for the job)
- Planer (which will come in handy AFTER the cuts!)
- Misc smaller tools, i.e. drill, belt sander, router, dremel, wood burner, etc.
I could budget up to $250 for another major tool. I'd raaaather keep it under $100, but I'm realistic enough to know that's probably not gonna happen! But I just don't know enough about anything other than lathing to figure out what I need to get this done. So, any advice is very appreciated. Thanks!!