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Much depends on how big a piece of cedar (or any other wood piece) you want to cut and what kind of cut you are intending to make.
There are no practicl limits with a hand-held jig saw (sabre saw) as far as the width and length of the stock goes. With a bandsaw, you can cut almost any length, but you're limited in width to the throat of the bandsaw... in other words, a 14" bandsaw only has approximately 14 inches between the blade and the body, a 9" has about 9 inches, etc.
Regarding depth, the band saw is surely the winner as even with a little 9-inch, you can cut better than 3-1/2 inches deep, with the only concern being the power of the motor and the hardness of the stock that you are cutting.
Likewise, a bandsaw will cut a much narrower kerf (blade path) and considering that there is little to no vibration, the cut will be more precise. In addition, you can cut rather small and intricate pieces which would be impossible with a jig saw.
I use my band saw 95%+ over a jig saw, (hand held sabor saw). and my band saw is a smaller band saw.
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Buy all three, bandsaw, scroll saw and a jigsaw. Use the bandsaw for resawing your cedar or when you want to work quickly. Use the scroll saw for intricate work. If you really just want to have some fun, use the jigsaw and remember to whistle when you use it.
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Personally the jig saw is my least favorite tool. When I made a set of adirondack chairs I got a band saw to avoid using a jig saw. Turns out I use the band saw way more than I thought I would, one of my favorite tools. I am even re-sawing with it. Dont get me wrong, the jig saw is very handy and can get into places a band saw cant. I only use the jig saw when I have no other option.
If space is an issue a table top band saw could be nice. But if you dont have a jig saw yet you may want to get it. While I like the band saw much more I think a jigsaw is a more essentail tool to have on hand.
The only time I will use a saber saw is when I can't take the work to the bandsaw for whatever reason, or the cut is just impossible on the bandsaw or some other tool.
If your BS is gathering dust, maybe you need a better bandsaw.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)