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    Fence question

    I am in need of advise from all the friendly and knowledgable people here.
    I purchased an Incra fence system for my saw and plan on installing a router table with it as well.
    I am right handed and mostly attach my current fence left of the blade to work, moving it out of the way to use the miter gage. No particular reason, just seems natural to advance the workpiece into the blade while keeping snugly against the fence. I notice in the Incra demos videos the operator is doing the opposite of what I usually do. But he may be left handed. So the question is how do you work, why, and what hand are you. I don't want to install the system more than once and will certainly appreciate your input.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    You are the second person I have heard of that runs the fence to the left of the blade. As you notice, tablesaws are built for use in the opposite manner of what you are doing. This probably explains why the video shows the fence to the right of the blade; that's the way tablesaws are normally designed/used. If you want to use the saw with the fence to the left, that's fine. Most of your books on technique, aftermarket accessories and so forth will assume the saw is being used as designed so you can just reverse the examples. The Incra fence makes many accessories a no-go anyway so this may not be a concern. In the end you want to do what is best for you.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 07-25-2012 at 06:04 PM.
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    It all depends on which way the blade tilts. You want the blade to tilt away from the fence so you can do thin rips. If you tilt the blade towards the fence, your rip capacity decreases as the blade angle increases. Also, there's no way in hell I would put my fingers between the business end of the blade and the fence. No. Thank. You.

    Left tilt saw, fence on the right. Right tilt saw, fence on the left.

    But the entire right/left tilt is a can of worms anyway...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Welcome Dennis !!!

    Plus 1 to what David said. My blade tilts left so my fence is on the right. It doesn't make any difference if you are right or left handed in this case.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    So. Florida
    Most table saws get set up with the fence to the right of the blade. For right handed operators it seems that there is more control for feeding against the fence. As for which side of the blade to position the fence, it can be moved to either side for the bevel cuts to tip away from the fence.


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