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Turning Left Handed???
Oct 4th, 2021 at 9:14pm
 
Hi,
      Just learning to turn on a Delta Midi Lathe, and...

Wondering if being left handed is going to be a problem?

I guess bowl turning more than spindle???
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Re: Turning Left Handed???
Reply #1 - Oct 4th, 2021 at 9:26pm
 
Personally, I don't think so.
I routinely switch back and forth from one to the other depending on what I'm turning, what's more comfortable, what gives me better access, etc.
I'm sure there are some lefties on gear that can offer some tips they've learned along the way.
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Reply #2 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 10:17am
 
Some lefties prefer to turn outboard, on the back side of the lathe. Not sure if that would help you or not. Main thing I would suggest is that your arms stay close to your body and tool control comes from your body movement, not arm/hand movement. Thi Chi 101....

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Reply #3 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 11:43am
 
robo_hippy wrote on Oct 5th, 2021 at 10:17am:
Some lefties prefer to turn outboard, on the back side of the lathe. Not sure if that would help you or not. Main thing I would suggest is that your arms stay close to your body and tool control comes from your body movement, not arm/hand movement. Thi Chi 101....

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Hi,
       Thanks, will remember that, not a big deal Spindle turning, but...

Was thinking about, Bowl turning!
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Reply #4 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 11:46am
 
I am seriously left handed but I turn either way depending on how I need to approach the wood.

So with that in mind... as you are starting out, forget about left or right... address the wood as you need to make the proper cut.

I have turned from the back side of the lathe and it does help getting into the left side of the bowl..especially under cutting the rim.

Throw some practice wood on the lathe and try it both ways and see how each way feels. Smiley


No problem with bowl turning either way...at least for me.
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Reply #5 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 12:01pm
 
Ok, how serious a Lefty are you? Most of us lefties can use either hand for most things. Turning is no different. Don't worry about left vs right. As mentioned above it's the cut that matters as well as your safety. Main thing to be conscious of is staying out of the line of fire.
Personally, I couldn't tell you if I'm cutting left handed or right handed.

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Reply #6 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 12:06pm
 
"Personally, I couldn't tell you if I'm cutting left handed or right handed."

Me, neither!!



I am left handed, kick left footed, use a camera with my left eye, but as my Father was a mechanic and I was "volunteered" to help him in the shop, I learned how to use tools and reach into tight places with either hand.

No matter how I try, I can't write my name with my right hand. Roll Eyes


Oh.. i play guitar right handed. Mostly because no one was teaching it left handed when I was a kid.


My favorite thing to do  is to give a right handed person a pair of left handed scissors!! Shocked Grin

There! Now you know what I  had to go thru most of my life!! Smiley
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Reply #7 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 5:24pm
 
Hi,
     Thanks Gentlemen, Yea, I'm a serious Southpaw.

Good ideas and info!!!

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Reply #8 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 6:11pm
 
My wife is left handed in that she writes left handed. Almost everything else she does right handed, I imagine because things like golf clubs and softball gloves are easier to come by right handed.
She claims to be ambidextrous - I tell her she's just clumsy  Cheesy

- well, I did once anyway
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Reply #9 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 11:14am
 
I use both hands better than most. Played handball for years, and there were days when the left was better than the right.

Now as for left handed scissors, I found out that they are all left HANDLED, and not left handed. Big difference in seeing the cutting line.... Taking right handed scissors and putting left handed handles on them.... Seriously???

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Reply #10 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 12:59pm
 
I tried "left handed" scissors once and could not get them to cut. had to go back to right handed so I could cut paper.

I eat, write, throw balls left handed.

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Reply #11 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 3:17pm
 
I'll try to keep this as clean as possible.

The only way to determine if you're actually ambidextrous or just equally uncoordinated is to immobilize one hand at a time and use the facilities.
you'll soon discover which hand is dominate.

Anyone who has broken an arm or had an injury of some kind on their dominate side goes through an unwanted learning curve.

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Reply #12 - Oct 7th, 2021 at 6:24am
 
Ed - you're right, there is a learning curve for the "undominate" side. But in my case, it was a challenge instead. A severed lower bicep tendon prevented the use of the right arm in handball for a few months. So I just used my left. Amazing improvement on the left side. Still playing - 45 yrs.
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Re: Turning Left Handed???
Reply #13 - Oct 7th, 2021 at 10:58pm
 
I am left handed and the other one is a useless appendage.  However, only on the lathe does it now have a use. Using both on the lathe comes in real handy and seems very natural.

Start with your left but if a cut seems uncomfortable become a switch hitter

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Reply #14 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 10:57am
 
As I read all the "left" comments I cannot help but think back to my childhood. I am old enough to have experienced having my knuckles smacked with a teachers wooden ruler for writing left handed. If the teacher had known how stubborn I was they would have not bothered. May have even tried using my right hand.  Smiley

I also am ambidextrous on the lathe and numerous other things in life also. The world being primarily set up for right handed people forces us lefties to learn to do some things the wrong way.  Wink
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