|Forum topic by KnickKnack||posted 01-04-2014 06:32 PM||1088 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
01-04-2014 06:32 PM
Up front I should say I have little or no actual personal experience with a bandsaw, or a tablesaw – but I’ve seen a lot of pictures, and watched a lot of videos.
On all the tablesaws I’ve seen, as the blade spins towards you, the fence is to the right of the blade. The “waste” wood is on the left, and the piece you want is on the right. As you push the wood through, the fence is on the right.
On the router table, although there’s isn’t “waste”, it’s the same basic orientation – you’re pushing the wood through, with the fence to the right of the workpiece.
If you imagine one hand doing the pushing forwards, and the other keeping the piece against the fence – it’s the right hand pushing forwards, and the left hand pushing into the fence.
Yet, on the bandsaw, it seems, the fence is on the left – the opposite way to the other two bits of machinery above – left hand pushing forwards, and right hand pushing against the fence.
Resawing on table saw…
Resawing on bandsaw…
Perhaps the enlightened here in our little community could explain why, exactly, bandsaws are designed to be used in exactly the opposite way to the other machines? Were they invented by a left-handed person and no-one’s ever thought to design a bandsaw that works in the same orientation as the other machines?
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