Why put fence on the right side on table saw?
A simple question, why do we always put the rip fence on the right side of the saw blade?
I've watched hundreds of YouTube videos, and I have not seen any video in which the guy's cutting wood with the rip fence on the left side of the blade! Well, there actually were a couple of videos, but those were not type of cuts where the saw blade was protruding through the wood, i.e. dado cuts or rabbit cuts.
I think using the table saw with the rip fence left side of the blade will be a little bit safer. Since I try not to stay directly behind the space between the blade and the fence (unless I have to, like cutting a wide plywood sheet) I usually keep my body left side of the blade. Being right handed, it's a bit awkward to keep my body on the right side of the blade and fence because that way, I would really have to reach in to use my dominant arm.
If I keep the fence on left side of the blade, I can keep my body along with the fence. I can use my right arm to push the wood through, while keeping it tight against the fence, without having to reach over the spinning blade(!) to complete the cut like I normally have to with conventional rip fence and my body orientation.
Is there actually a reason that we MUST keep the rip fence right side of the blade?? The only situation when this can be unsafe I can think of is when making a cut with the blade tilted. As the most of modern table saws tilt the blade to left, if we put the fence on the left then I can cause some jam. However, other than that, what would be a problem?
There's an added benefit for doing this for me; with this new fence location I would be able to use my magnetic jointer finger board on my cast iron table saw top! :smile3:
If I had enough guts, I would've actually tried it out to see how it worked out. But since I am always intimidated by these power tools, especially likes of table saw, I thought I should ask around first.
Have a nice day!
Last edited by Yamster; 02-05-2016 at 11:56 AM.