Byrnes Model Machines

I’ll admit it: I’m a tool junkie. When I stumbled across Byrnes Model Machines I knew I had to up my workshop game.

Byrnes makes small precision tools for hobbyists. I picked up a 12″ table saw and a 4″ variable speed sander – plus some accessories for each. These are high quality tools so they’re not cheap – but they perform beautifully and service was excellent.

Table saw with precision fence.
Reconfigured with the sliding table.
4″ variable speed sander.
Another view. Note the tight clearance to the disc, even when the table is tilted.

One issue that arose was mating the dust ports on these tools to my Festool dust extractor: The Byrnes machines are built to imperial measurements with 1.5″ ports, while Festool uses metric and has 27mm hoses.

In discussing this with my friend Chris Abbott, I learned that dust collection is a wild west of competing systems. Many companies seem to develop proprietary connections that only work with their own tools to encourage customers to shop within a single brand. (e.g.: If you’re buying Company A’s track saw, it only connects to Company A’s dust collector – but you can also buy Company A’s sander, jigsaw, table saw, router, etc….)

That kinda sucks when adding specialist tools like these to a workshop. However, I am not complaining. I mention it here because I found a solution:

A trip to my local Lee Valley Tools turned up the Mirka Deco Sander Adapter. The flexible rubber cuts easily with a knife and because it’s a true cone – not a stacked set of stepped rings – it nicely does the job of bridging imperial and metric.

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

7 thoughts on “Byrnes Model Machines

  1. I bet there is a 3D printable adapter out there somewhere! I think that as more people acquire access and the basic skills, attempts to profit from these sort of unnecessary incompatibilities will fail.

    Oh, and a figure painting guy like you clearly needs a printer for bases, terrain and such. 🙂

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  2. I love my Byrnes table saw. I upgraded to a slightly bigger table base because of my larger scale. You’ll never go back to cutting styrene with a knife!

    With some proper push sticks I’ve been able to cut .020″ thick styrene as thin as .020″.

    His customer service is also outstanding as well.


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    1. Just be aware that the thinner slices you make, the more dust. So there’s a balance.
      I’ve found the .030 kerf 100 tooth range blade works the best for .060 and below. The standard blade that comes with it works good for bigger stuff like .125.

      If you cut styrene on a regular basis this plastic edge scrappers work really good to remove the plastic burrs.

      Here’s a couple projects that have been entirely cut using the table saw from thick .125 chunks down to .020″ thick.


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    2. I bought my Byrnes saw last year and I absolutely love it. I bought it primarily to be able to accurately build my coal mine tipple support structure. You can see the results of it here:

      There is no way I could have done that with a razorsaw with a mitre block or the NWSL Chopper. The Byrnes Sliding Table miter sled was critical to my success. I am very sensitive to loud noise, and I love how I can use the Byrne machine without hearing protection. I used the 100-tooth blade; the default one shreds styrene and ABS, because it is meant for wood.

      I am building some interior details for that support structure and decided to use the Byrnes saw for cutting 0.040 styrene sheet for the first time, this week. I have a full-size table saw, where I am used to using pushsticks. It became immediately apparent that I need to make one (or more) pushsticks for my Byrnes. Could you share a photo or a link that shows how you made yours? We all need these if you use this machine.

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