I had slight buyers remorse about ordering a small (250mm throat, 120mm depth of cut) bandsaw like the Record Power BS250 and I think I may well end up taking Olly’s advice and buying a larger one after all, so I’ve decided to wait until I am considering a project that actually needs a bandsaw, rather than buying it with the expectation that it would be better than either my jigsaw or my circular saw mounted in my power tool table.
I’m also unsure whether a planer-thicknesser would be more use than a bandsaw at this point – I had been considering using a router with a spiral cutter for planing, but the more I thought about it the more I worried that I’d be unable to create an adjustable fence which worked in this mode.
I’m wondering whether I should keep things simple for my first attempt at a router table and just aim for normal a split fence. Perhaps I’ll make two different outfeed sections (one 1mm thicker than the other) or come up with a system for shimming the outfeed or something …
To mollify my unsated consumer urges I’ve ordered a few bits and bobs from Axminster, including a glue bottle set that is much cheaper than the equivalent item in Rutlands’ sale and a few toggle clamps for eventual use on my router table/fence/jigs, which seem to be cheaper at Axminster than anywhere else.
If they’d had the radial drill in stock when I ordered I may well have bought that too, so it’s probably best that I have a bit more time to think about my options!