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Forum topic by Grumpy posted 07-03-2008 02:31 AM 2730 views 0 times favorited 78 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2008 02:31 AM

OK all you lefties, now is the time to come out of the woods & show yourselves. Mart raised an issue regarding left handed drills & biscuit jointers.
Well how about a list of all those things lefties have to put up with just because the righties did not consider them.
Like writing with a fountain pen $#&*&&(
Eating your sweets with a spoon & a fork #

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 07-03-2008 02:52 AM

Working on a right-handed traditional woodworking bench (i.e., tail vise on the right, shoulder vise on the left) is a frustration. That’s why I’ve designed a left-handed bench that reverses the position of the two vises.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-03-2008 02:59 AM

Being right handed I sometimes feel sorry for you lefties. They should make more tools for you guys.

Things like screwdrivers, hammers, handsaws, chisels and so fourth. Even little things like pencils. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 07-03-2008 03:05 AM

What’s the problem with a fork and spoon??? Or those pesky knives? You guys need to conform. Of course, I can say that knowing that someday soon I won’t be a part-time left-hander. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 07-03-2008 03:56 AM

I finally found out why you’re grumpy!

Took long enough. You think that’s what’s been bothering my brother all these years?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-03-2008 04:14 AM

Fortunately for me I am more ambidextrous. Writing is more comfortable left handed, but most other tasks I can do with my right hand.

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 04:17 AM

I’m left handed but I prefer a right handed circular saw. I like being about to peek over the blade to see where I’m cutting.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 04:26 AM

I am the same with the right handed circular saw. I like to see the cut line. The cordless drill is a constant source of irritation. I am always grabbing my old makita for that reason, underpowered as it is. The plate jointer bugs me some as well. I have gotten out of plenty of work for the lack of left handed shovels and rakes. I know they make left handed tape measures but haven’t bought one yet.


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#8 posted 07-03-2008 04:46 AM

All the years that I’ve been working wood (left handed), I’ve decided that some of the things that I know were made for right handed people just don’t make sense. Take the table saw for instance. Why would you cross cut a board with the miter gauge on the left of the blade? You’ve got all of that wood(the part you want to keep) hanging over the left side of the saw and the small little cut off has up to 3 feet of table top to support it. I don’t know if it’s a lefty thing, but I’ve always used my miter gauge on the right side of the blade, so it was supported by the large part of the table.
I’ve taught a few people that art of wood working and I’m proud to say, I taught them to do it from the lefty point of view.

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 05:15 AM

Gary, thats a good idea of yours. They could also make left handed plumb bobs & left handed axe handles.LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 07-03-2008 05:19 AM

Betsy, a lefty (or lots of us) hold a spoon in their left hand. The fork is also held in the left hand, as in knife & fork!.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-03-2008 05:21 AM

It’s those damned scissors!!!!

I agree with Mike about circular saws. To me, a right handed circular saw makes perfect sense for a lefty.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-03-2008 05:21 AM

Lee, I am glad I am a lefty, its just old age that’s made me grumpy.LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-03-2008 05:30 AM

I’ve learned to work with either left or right handed tools. I use my left hand only for writing and very fine control on hand tools.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#14 posted 07-03-2008 05:47 AM

One advantage of being a lefty, I use my right hand to control the computer mouse & my left to write & key with.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 07-03-2008 06:26 PM

I’m so confused. What is it about a biscuit jointer or a cordless drill that is frustrating for a lefty? They are almost completely symmetrical. The only difference I can see on the biscuit jointer is the dust collection port and the only difference I can see on the cordless drill is the direction you push the switch to reverse it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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