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Sanding/ Jigsaw/ Router Question

Three Questions- I didn't want to make separate threads.

1) I want to take some old church benches and make them into a workbench. Right now they have black paint on them. I think they are pine, definitely solid wood. Is sanding them the best way to get the paint off? is there a better way? is there a reason to leave the paint on?

2) I am looking at getting a Porter Cable Jigsaw.

Has anyone had this model? Does anyone recommend a different model? I want to spend between $50 and $75?

3) I am doing some free hand lettering with my router on a uneven sanded log. I am using a 1/2" core bit. Any recommendations for this. Some of my lettering comes out great but other times the bit catches the wood the wrong way causing the router to jerk and mess up my letter. Any way to avoid this?

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A heat gun might work well on the paint. Be sure to wear mask in case of lead..

I have that same Jigsaw and like it well enough. So far it's held up fine.
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If your building a workbench for the shop, I probably wouldn’t worry about the paint. After it’s built, if you wanted to paint the workbench a different color, you can always scuff sand it and paint it.
The P C jig saw looks fine. I prefer the Bosch personally but the price point is higher.
As for free hand routing, it is very hard to control 1/2” cut. You have more control when you cut narrow and shallow and less control when you go deep and widen.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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1) Depends on how old the paint is. You can use a citrus-based stripper, which is much safer than older-style strippers and it ought to bubble off pretty easily. You can also use a heat gun which will loosen up the paint. It also depends on the profile of the wood you're using. Is it flat? Are there curves? Stripping and scraping the surface is much easier if it's flat.

2) I've never used that particular jigsaw but it should be fine, again depending on what you plan on doing. Before ordering anything, I'd try to hold one in your hands to see how it feels. Lowes has them in stock at the same price, you might want to check them out there first. Home Depot probably has them as well, I just didn't check.

3) You could always look for a signmaker's template set like this one: There are plenty of others available.
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Thanks Peter
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