Tom Holloway from old tools outdated blog a real darn shame its ceased like all great blogs and great contributors who have gone with the wind states.
“Here is a picture. You -should- laugh at the art, but the
>> illustration should be clear enough. With the vise on the right side,
>> our guy can close in tighter and lean all manner of ways. Left hip,
>> left arm, left knee. With the vise to the left, grasping the cutoff
>> portion is about all he can do and still operate the saw. He’s a
>> ballerina in open space.”
How true is this, I have often found it frustrating sawing on the left side of the bench, I know Bob Rozaieski made the switch from left to right went he built his new bench. So what’s the answer, you plane from the right to left but sawing is better on your right. So why not have two vices? Food for thought.
Shooting board tip
How many times have you shot an edge out of square and was stumped as to why. I know I have and have gone backwards forwards shimming and adjusting the fence until this morning when the obvious hit me. This is obvious and apparently nothing new as always, this has been part of woodworking since its invention. You chop out a dado for your fence to sit in, wow it’s that simple, problem solved for the time being.
My shooting board is made from MDF and hardwood fence, MDF is really soft and I will find out soon enough if the pressure on the wall will give in and throw it out of alignment. If so then I recommend the only alternative is to use a hardwood solid enough to withstand this working pressure. Just merely screwing the fence in is not enough and will move from the pressure being applied to it.
Your work is as good as the tools you use, so always check that everything is working as it should be.