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    right handed or left handed use of planes question

    Can someone tell me please. How do right handed individuals hold a bench plane? With which hand on the tote?
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    right handed and rt hand on the tote.
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    Okay I get it. Right hand on tote, plane toward the left. Left hand on tote, plane toward the right.
    thanks Larry

    what about chisels? Do right handed people hold the chisel or the mallet in the right hand?
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    I'm right handed and I hold the chisel with my left hand unless I need to get to something the other way. But most times that ends up with a hammer hand introduction
    Which is better than a hammer face introduction. And yes I have done that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Can someone tell me please. How do right handed individuals hold a bench plane? With which hand on the tote?
    Being a contrary guy, I use either hand on either end (although I use a low angle jack a lot more than a bench plane). This give a slight angle to the blade, which sometimes is better in one direction than the other - like on the edge of a drawer, planing dovetails, or with figured wood.

    I go one farther. Sometimes a get a longish board clamped up in my shop and it would be easier to pull the plane than to get around behind and push. I checked with some of my friends who work for Lie Nielsen, and they thought it would be fine to pull a plane - God probably wouldn't strike me with lightning for pulling rather than pushing.
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    Well Charlie i dont think you contrary, the Japanese pull their planes and i think that its more comfortable than the push. Same goes for their saws as wel most know they cut on the pull rather than the push.
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    I don't know if this will get me the "Ol' Evil Eye" but I don't EVEN own a hand plane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    ...what about chisels? Do right handed people hold the chisel or the mallet in the right hand?
    With a few exceptions, it's the same as driving a nail. Typically the dominant hand runs the hammer, while the other hand holds the nail.

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    Being a lefty, it's left on tote and left on mallet.
    I really wish that LN and LV would make some more lefty tools...

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