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Forum topic by ArtCam posted 12-03-2015 04:42 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ArtCam

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12-03-2015 04:42 PM

My big old aircraft carrier rigid tablesaw allows for the fence to be used on the left comfortably.
My new Kobalt table saw (outdoor summer saw). Has the optimal fence position and extension on the right.
Since I am right handed I feel a bit awkward with this setup….and…. my body has to face the wood directly.
So if I need to get out of the way slightly, then I need to use the weaker less adept hand: my left.
I am under the impression that most people, sorry lefties, are right handed. Any thoughts? and I hope I am clear on this.
Happy woodworking. Derek


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#1 posted 12-03-2015 04:54 PM

i am right handed and it feels backwards to use the fence on the left side. I guess it is just what you are used to?

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 05:08 PM

I am left handed, but I agree with you. Having the fence (and my body) to the right of the blade while pushing with my left hand seems like the safe and natural way to go. But. like Alexi said, I guess it’s all what you get used to.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 06:04 PM

I’m right handed and since I bought my first table saw in 1973, I’ve always had the fence on the right.
After all these years, having it on the left would feel awkward.

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 06:30 PM

Think, guys. If a righty uses the fence on the left and learns to push with the left hand you will not have a problem learning to write with your left if you dedigit yourself. Duh.

My fence is 99% on the right. I am a righty. The only times you need to break this that I can contemplate is certain bevel cuts / bevel cuts that are not through cuts.

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 06:51 PM

Yep: Its what you are used to. Especially after 20 years of using the fence on the left.
Thanks

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 06:57 PM


Yep: Its what you are used to. Especially after 20 years of using the fence on the left.
Thanks

- ArtCam

i am shocked that you have always used the fence on the left. I thought everyone used it on the right unless they absolutely needed it on the left of the blade. I have never seen a TS that has just as much or more fence capacity on the left than the right. I guess i live under a rock

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#7 posted 12-03-2015 07:08 PM

I thought everyone used it on the right unless they absolutely needed it on the left of the blade.

I think it depends on the direction the blade tilts. Making bevel cuts on a saw with a right-tilt blade and the fence on the right can be dangerous and/or impossible.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 07:16 PM



i am right handed and it feels backwards to use the fence on the left side. I guess it is just what you are used to?

- Alexl


Ditto

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#9 posted 12-03-2015 09:02 PM

It’s what your used to for sure. Can you move your fence rails/extension to set the saw up for using the fence on the left? On my saw, I could easily flip the rails so the fence extends to the left, maybe you can too? I’m not familiar with the Kobalt saws so I dunno.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 12-03-2015 09:11 PM

I’m ambidextrous, now I’m confused on where to put the fence.

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#11 posted 12-03-2015 09:18 PM

I’m not ambidextrous, but I do like half stuff left hand and the other half right handed. What really sucks is I turn left handed which is a real pain in the butt.

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 09:44 PM

What really sucks is I turn left handed which is a real pain in the butt.

Au-contraire, Gixxerjoe04 … you have no idea how many right-handed turners would like to be able to turn left-handed! I’m lucky … I can go both ways, a trait which I apparently inherited from my Dad.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 11:15 PM

I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

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Daruc

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 11:45 PM


What really sucks is I turn left handed which is a real pain in the butt.

Au-contraire, Gixxerjoe04 … you have no idea how many right-handed turners would like to be able to turn left-handed! I m lucky … I can go both ways, a trait which I apparently inherited from my Dad.

- TheDane

I don’t think you should blame your dad :>O
Now I’m really confused, if you stand on the other side of your lathe, wouldn’t it be the same as being left handed?

Try this! Switch hands and sign your name backwards, works (kinda)

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#15 posted 12-03-2015 11:48 PM

I am right handed and I keep the fence to the left of the blade and reach over it with a push stick. I do not want to be in the
way of a kick back.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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