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Miter Saw Stop Block --- left or right?

I'm currently working on a miter saw station, and I'm at a point where I can choose to have my long stop block positioned to the right or left of the saw.

I'm curious, since I don't have as much practical experience as some of you, is there a preference?

In my current garage and space, I have more room to the left of my saw than the right. Meaning i have a hot water heater to the right that I would run into sooner than I would run into the door to the far left. So this is making me think about putting my longest part of the bench, and the stop block, on the right.
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I like the stop block on the left side. When I cut one-off's I find it easier to eyeball the blade to the mark from the left side of the blade. By setting my stop block on the left side for multiple pieces my routine is the same for initial setup & reduces chances for error.


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I'm currently working on a miter saw station, and I'm at a point where I can choose to have my long stop block positioned to the right or left of the saw.



I'm curious, since I don't have as much practical experience as some of you, is there a preference?



In my current garage and space, I have more room to the left of my saw than the right. Meaning i have a hot water heater to the right that I would run into sooner than I would run into the door to the far left. So this is making me think about putting my longest part of the bench, and the stop block, on the right.


I have my stop block to the right. I can use it to cut up to 4 foot. So if I'm cutting 12 inch pieces off of an 8 foot board, the long end hangs off to the left. I rarely need a stop for longer the 4 foot so I just measure and cut anything longer


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I'm for the left since I'm right handed. I can run the saw with my right hand and use my left for holding the wood against the fence. Easier for me to see too. Laser guides are usually set up for cutting to the right as well.


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Left side preferable to me also but I built my miter saw stand to be able to have a stop block on either side if needed.
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If you are right-handed the stop should be ideally on the left, material is held with left hand, dominant right hand for the saw. The cut-off is removed with the right hand so you are not passing your hand across in front of the blade, guards tend to hang up occasionally so you may have an exposed blade.

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Just depends upon what I am doing. I want to capability to use either side. Fortunately the devise that came on my saw allows for this.

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all great thoughts, thanks
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all great thoughts, thanks


I am left handed so that is probably why I prefer the other side as well.


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I would consider which way the board usually faces when you are making any cut.

I am right handed, so I pull the tape measure with my left hand and mark with my right. That naturally makes the board point to the right. So my stops are on the right side of the saw.

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Left side preferable to me also but I built my miter saw stand to be able to have a stop block on either side if needed.


I did the same, although I pretty much only use my stop block on the left.


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Just depends upon what I am doing. I want to capability to use either side. Fortunately the devise that came on my saw allows for this.

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+1: with George. I want the ability to place the stop on both sides. Why wouldn't everyone want this?
My stops swing up out of the way when not in use.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I also have the ability to use a stop on both sides, as I'm sure others do, but we stated our preference, as requested by the OP.


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I also have the ability to use a stop on both sides, as I'm sure others do, but we stated our preference, as requested by the OP.


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If only one side must be chosen, I would place the block on the side where I have the most length in my shop. Some moldings are 12' long.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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If only one side must be chosen, I would place the block on the side where I have the most length in my shop. Some moldings are 12' long.
I would place the saw so I had the longest bench to the left.
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where's the motor?

The motors on both my sliding miter saws are on the right side of the blade, Bosch 10" and Dewalt 12". You can not see under the motor when making a cut, so you have to set up the cut before hand. Unless you have a kerf in your fence, you don't know where the cut will be unless you set the blade down on the work first, power off.

How will you hold down the cut off on the right side of the blade if your left hand is holding down the left side piece... you can't. You don't want a cut off against a stop on the right side where it may jiggle around and catch the blade. You want the right side to fall free, safely away from the blade.

For me, the stop and the long side are on the left side of the blade where I can hold the work and see the cut, especially when shaving off a small amount.
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The motors on both my sliding miter saws are on the right side of the blade, Bosch 10" and Dewalt 12". You can not see under the motor when making a cut, so you have to set up the cut before hand. Unless you have a kerf in your fence, you don't know where the cut will be unless you set the blade down on the work first, power off.

How will you hold down the cut off on the right side of the blade if your left hand is holding down the left side piece... you can't. You don't want a cut off against a stop on the right side where it may jiggle around and catch the blade. You want the right side to fall free, safely away from the blade.

For me, the stop and the long side are on the left side of the blade where I can hold the work and see the cut, especially when shaving off a small amount.
In that situation, that makes sense. I think I'm just going to track both sides, one will likely be longer than the other, but I can uses for both sides. And each side will have a stick on measuring tape...
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In that situation, that makes sense. I think I'm just going to track both sides, one will likely be longer than the other, but I can uses for both sides. And each side will have a stick on measuring tape...
That sounds like a plan, by the way you mention a long board would run into the door on the left, not a problem, just open the door.

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That sounds like a plan, by the way you mention a long board would run into the door on the left, not a problem, just open the door.
precisely, but it would take a LONG board to reach the door.
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