Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Central Coast California
I'm trying to get by with neither a chainsaw nor a bandsaw. (Why? Because I'm a beginner, and I didn't want to over-invest in tools until I found out whether the hobby agreed with me.)
For logs, which I've only recently started working with, I've been getting by with a tablesaw and some homemade jigs and sleds for handling irregular objects. Two 3" tablesaw cuts, plus a handsaw and/or chisel to finish things off, has been able to get me through most of the stock I wanted to work with. But it's time-consuming, and during the jig-R&D phase it was not as safe as I generally want to be.
Speaking of safe: has anyone tried getting by with a Sawzall instead of a chainsaw? I see there is such a thing as a 12" pruning blade, which I would think can make all the bowl-blank-prep cuts I actually need.