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#1 posted 11-03-2012 01:18 PM

For most cabinet saws, the extension table is right of the blade and fence rails run to the right of the blade. I’m sure you could put extension rails running left of the blade and get a tape that reads right to left and mount it. If it’s a small saw, then I guess the rip fence wouldn’t matter.

Comfort and safety is the most important. If you’re not comfortable pushing wood from one side or the other, then it can create a real safety problem.

I’ve always been “bad” about how I stand behing my saw. 99 percent of the time my fence will be right of the blade. I usually stand a little to the left of the blade, so when I’m pushing the wood I have more of a tendency to push the wood towards the fence. I can see my wood, my hands, the blade and the face of the fence at all times so I feel more comfortable with the cut. I have a tendency not to pay as much attention to where I’m standing as far as a kick back is concerned. In 27 years of full time woodworking, I can only think of kick back twice. The first time the board hit me in the belt line ( it left a mark!). The second time the board took the my hand back across the blade ( that left a mark and a lot of stiches).

I don’t think it matters at all which side we work from as long as we feel comfortable doing it and pay attention to what we’re doing. Just be safe.
BTW: I can still count to ten and don’t have to borrow anyone’s finger to do so.

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