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Stipe80026

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I have been very happy with my Byrnes.



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mark james

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Second the Byrnes. Not for everyone, but what it is meant for it does well. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Many complaints from those that never have used it... 🤔 Many compliments from those that have! 👍👍 Go figure!
 

jttheclockman

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Have no idea what your name is but you ask a question that needs more info. What is it you want to do with it?? If you want to cut blanks there are far cheaper options than a Byrnes saw that cost $600+ Yes it is a well built saw but my complaint is twofold and yes I have used one, first is the cost for something with limited use and second is not a tilting motor. Needs addition costly items. You can get a good tabletop saw or even a good hybrid saw for that price. This way it can be used for far more things. A few jigs and you can do anything you set your mind to. The Byrnes saw was designed for model workers and thus the small footprint as needed. Pen making can fall into that catagory too so if you have the funds and this is your desire than go for it. I have a friend who is into model railroading and actually builds scenery and buildings and uses the saw alot. You would not believe the detail and precision he can do. Yes there are sites where you can get alot of building materials from that replicate many buildings and it is a whole hobby in itself. Talk about a costly hobby.;)
 

Stipe80026

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I am a pen turner. I do a lot of segmenting. I want to go to the next Level in pen design. I am trying to put a dovetail of maple in a pen blank of walnut. Need something to make small cuts.
 

jttheclockman

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I am a pen turner. I do a lot of segmenting. I want to go to the next Level in pen design. I am trying to put a dovetail of maple in a pen blank of walnut. Need something to make small cuts.
We all are pen turners here:) I too do alot of segmenting and I use a Delta contractors 10" saw for all my cutting. I just make jigs to do small cuts. You can use a router to do dovetails too. I made this pool table pen box using both my tablesaw and also router table. I had to make small mortise and tenon joinery as well as very thin pieces with compound angles and was fine with large size tools. The only thing a small mini saw will do is limit your kerf because of the thin blades so you save material but I can do any cut with a full size saw as a mini saw can. Just something to think about.
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Mikeyt

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I also love my Byrnes table saw. I have a band saw a full size table saw and 2 chop saws I use my Byrnes table saw 90% of the time. It is accurate and I know I can get each cut just how I want it each time. It maybe expensive but it is worth the extra money. It is small and may not cut more then an inch but I use it for my segmenting cutting pen blanks and other things I need it to cut. I often wonder why I did not listen to those who had a Byrnes table saw sooner. I was using my other saws to cut pen blanks would spend time making jigs or trying to get a good cut for a thin piece of wood. Often seemed more difficult for the results I got.
I am very happy with the small saw I can’t cut sheets plywood with it but I can cut accurately smaller pieces of wood. Like a drill is for making holes a sander for sanding. A Byrnes table saw is for accurate cuts on smaller pieces of wood and works great.
I say if you are planning on doing pen blanks and segmentation then this will be worth the time and money.


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TonyL

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Bynes with many of the trimmings. Just be aware of its cutting height limitations. Excellent support too. I do not have any experience with any others (other that a Delta portable TS). Therefore, my POV is limited.
 

mredburn

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Micro Mark also makes a smaller version of a table saw,
https://www.micromark.com/mini-powertool/-saws/table-saws
I have this one, I also find a 10 inch benchtop saw.( one of the plastic bodied ones) with a 7 inch thin kerf 40-60 tooth blade works just as well.
I used a 3/8 thick flat piece of any kind of stock as a fence and clamp it where I need to, It will cut up to 7/8 depth on the makita model I use and I eventually made a system to mount a metal fence too that is faster than measuring and clamping. It also is only 3/8 tall. I find I can handle the smaller pieces easier with the shorter fence. I still use a variety of push sticks and other things to keep my hands away from the blade.
 
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