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Hi everyone!

I'm interested in making the giant wooden lawn animals, like moose, deer, bears, etc. I've only made one set here or there & have always used a hand jigsaw. I'm looking to expand & start making large quantities of them. Anyone have any advice on what would be the best tool to invest in to accomplish this? I make them out of 1/2" plywood & the largest body is around 3 feet long.

Here's a picture for those who don't know what I'm talking about. I don't know how well I explained myself!!

Thanks so much!!
 

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For the size you are talking about a jigsaw is
ideal for the job. :thumbsup:
 

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Although you might think about a router. I am doing some similar things but much smaller and I trace around my template, jig saw close to the line, and then clamp the template to the plywood and router the shape out. For me it's faster.
 

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And.... are you using plans you found on the internet for those moose, bear, etc? My wife has asked that I make some of them for her and I'd appreciate a link.
 

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Awwww so many opinions! :huh:

Well here's another. Do not use a jigsaw for your application. Use a high quality jigsaw and forget the bandsaw or router for this specific application especially the size and need for this relative precision.

My prefernce for this exact application (yes I have produced the Christmas/seasonal income patterns this way) is the Bosch barrel grip jigsaw.

But any quality jigsaw here will do.
 

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