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Forum topic by MyWayChipCarving posted 04-20-2013 02:49 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MyWayChipCarving

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04-20-2013 02:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: micromark table saw

I am a woodcarver, chip carver mainly. I set up at shows throughout the year and I have not found a box blank that I like. All the blanks I have found have finger joints. This makes it hard to chip carve a good box. Since I can’t find a box I like, I thought I would make my own boxes with mitered joints.

I have looked at many different table saws and to be honest, the bigger ones, scare the daylights out of me. Plus I don’t have room for a floor model. I saw the MicroMark table saw and was wondering how good it was. I would not be cutting anything thicker than 3/8” to 1/2” and it would be basswood.

Has anyone used or know of anyone that has used a MicroMark table saw? Any suggestions/advice would be great.

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 03:29 PM

I bought a micro-mark mini-tablesaw at auction along with a bunch of blades a couple of years ago just because everyone else was too busy laughing at it to bid. I tried it out when I got home using thin 1/16 and 1/4” wood. It cut cleanly and was actually pretty solid. The fence was square to the blade. the little miter gauge was cheesy but effective. I didn’t try it on 1/2” hardwood. 1/2” (and in softwood) really is the maximum height – there wouldn’t be any pushing it not even to .50000001” .
Once the novelty wore off a couple days after the auction I sold it online for a nice profit. They look to be very good saws if you’re doing models – big ships and planes etc. The blades come in all types for cutting metal or wood in very small sizes. If all you ever will do is basswood, and never big pieces (the top was smaller than a sheet of paper) you might get away with it but if it was me I’d find one a just a wee bit bigger and leave the micromark to the modelmakers.

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 05:13 PM

The thing to do is find a woodworker to make them for you, the way the want them.

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 05:32 PM

I have a Proxxon table saw that is much like the MicroMark (older Proxxon model was much like the same, except the colour). I use it regularly for ship modeling and it can cut hardwoods like apple or pear (I rarely cut anything thicker than 1cm). Be aware that, despite the size, it is a tool that needs all the usual table saw safety rules being applied.

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