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post #21 of 31 Old 06-13-2013, 06:09 PM
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I'm with the majority here. I've used both left and right tilt saws, and still cut mainly with the fence to the right, but there have been times when cutting a 45 with melamine or plywood where I've had the fence to the left of the blade to eliminate chipping.
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How does standing on one side of the blade or the other relate to avoiding kickback (or more appropriately, avoiding being HIT by kickback)???

If you are ripping, are you just not supposed to be on the side of the blade that the fence is on?

If you are crosscutting, then I am assuming you would be standing on the side that the miter gauge is on.

(Is it obvious that I don't actually own a table saw yet?)

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+8 for ripping on the right side.. Crosscuts with miter gauge is always on the left. With my new Incra fence, ripping on the left side is not an option.
With my sled, it crosscuts can be done right or left, but the fence is removed.

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post #24 of 31 Old 06-13-2013, 08:55 PM
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How does standing on one side of the blade or the other relate to avoiding kickback (or more appropriately, avoiding being HIT by kickback)???


On a narrow rip, say "1" wide, you can easily step to the left of the piece in case it may shoot backwards.

If you are ripping, are you just not supposed to be on the side of the blade that the fence is on?

Yes, for the most part, and with large panels or rips over 12" or so wide. You have to be behind the work in order to give enough feeding pressure and inward toward the fence.

If you are crosscutting, then I am assuming you would be standing on the side that the miter gauge is on.

Yes.

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No, these are reasonable questions and my answers are based on my experience. Other may not agree. Leverage, human factors and physics all play a role in the safe operation of the machine.

One of the best safety accessories is an outfeed table the same height to catch and support the pieces as you push them through the saw with the push stick or if wide enough a final push to clear the blade and fence. Trying to catch a piece reaching over or around a spinning blade is just foolish.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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With my new Incra fence, ripping on the left side is not an option.
It should be. I have two Incra Mitre gauges. They come from the factory setup for right side of the blade but unscrew and the track can be moved to the other side.

I have one setup with my addition of a wood block to be a zero clearance on the right side of the blade.

I use the other on either the left or right side of the blade depending on the mitre cut and the stock.
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+8 for ripping on the right side.. Crosscuts with miter gauge is always on the left. With my new Incra fence, ripping on the left side is not an option.
With my sled, it crosscuts can be done right or left, but the fence is removed.
It's the fence that is mounted on the right, nothing to do with a miter gauge.

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I am trying to think of the last time I have used the miter slot on the right side of the blade, it just seems natural to use the one on the left for cross cuts, box joints etc.
The fence is almost always to the right of the blade for ripping.

I think it is what you get used to and feel comfortable with, when I move over to the bandsaw it does not seem odd cutting the opposite way.

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I build mostly case goods. I have a Biesemyer fence set up 12L, 52R. I make almost all fence guided cuts with the fence on the right. This allows wide cuts, and supports sheet goods better.

The exception is when I cut most rabbets, and dados. I keep a sacrificial fence attached to the right side of the fence. This way it is pretty quick to cut the rabbets for the back, bottom, and top stretchers, with the full side of the box supported on the tablesaw.
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Rip right. Cross cut left. The sled goes either way but if the cuts are longer than 24" I can use the fence as a stop and cut right. I have a Unisaw with a Uni fence. The saw tilts right so I flip the fence on the left if I tilt. It's the only aspect I don't like on the Unisaw.

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Question:

How does standing on one side of the blade or the other relate to avoiding kickback (or more appropriately, avoiding being HIT by kickback)???

If you are ripping, are you just not supposed to be on the side of the blade that the fence is on?

If you are crosscutting, then I am assuming you would be standing on the side that the miter gauge is on.

(Is it obvious that I don't actually own a table saw yet?)
The best way to avoid being hit by kickback is to not stand behind the piece between the blade and fence. Regardless of which side you're fence is on.

When cross cutting, the fence is usually taken off..unless I'm using a saw that the fence can be pulled back clear of the blade.
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It should be. I have two Incra Mitre gauges. They come from the factory setup for right side of the blade but unscrew and the track can be moved to the other side.

I have one setup with my addition of a wood block to be a zero clearance on the right side of the blade.

I use the other on either the left or right side of the blade depending on the mitre cut and the stock.
I was not talking about the INCRA MITER GAUGE, it is the Incra FENCE that will not allow ripping on the left of the blade.

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