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In my opinion a jig saw is the way to go for a first purchase. There are too many times that I personally have been working on something that was too big and bulky to take to my bandsaw so out comes the jig saw.

Band saws are great but if your going to cut close to the line then finiish off with a belt sander a jig saw will do just fine.

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I personally wouldn't get a table top band saw. At least the Delta I had was worthless for anything but the most basic cut into 3/4" material. Maybe it was me, but I didn't like it at all.
I'll second that. Those little Deltas are maybe good for the hobbiest who's cutting quarter inch balsa for doll furniture.

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I use my 10" Rockwell to make radii in 2x4s for building benches. Because I am building several I also made some templates out of 1x4 and after I rough cut the curves on my 2x4 I will attach the template and use my router to trim the piece. This may not be the best way to do it but I found it works well for me especially since I only have a palm sander. I find I am getting better at cutting my curves with the band saw but I still like the result I get by finishing with the router.
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Curves are great, they are what separate the men from the boys, and if it wasn't for curves I would not have a business. Take it slow, get a jigsaw, and I have a couple Boshes they are the best one out there, and there blades are great. A bench top band saw is not going to do what you want, start little and go from there. For shallow curves you can add a curved plate to your belt sander, tight stuff gets a spindle for your drill press.
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Curves are great, they are what separate the men from the boys, and if it wasn't for curves I would not have a business. Take it slow, get a jigsaw, and I have a couple Boshes they are the best one out there, and there blades are great. A bench top band saw is not going to do what you want, start little and go from there. For shallow curves you can add a curved plate to your belt sander, tight stuff gets a spindle for your drill press.
i definitely think I am going to go the jigsaw route for starters given my budget and space....i was going to start out to see if i can find a decent used spindle sander right off the bat.........any recommendations on spindle sander?...i see Ridgid has a decent combo machine....
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I just gave a friend my rigid, I kind of with I hadn't for the money it is a great machine.

I really liked the fact that it could run 4v24 belts.
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I'll second the Ridgid. I have it and it works great. The belt sander is a HUGE plus.
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