June 9, 2015 at 11:34 am #1845962augcamposParticipantJune 9, 2015 at 11:34 amPost count: 4
I’m a right handed but left eye dominant, so when I try to saw a straight line, almoust alway i skip the line :(.
Any advice on this?
AnonymousInactiveJune 11, 2015 at 5:39 amPost count: 1
I have the opposite problem: I’m lefthanded but right eye dominant. Just starting with hand sawing. Need any advice too.
BillParticipantJune 13, 2015 at 1:56 amPost count: 72
I am certainly not an expert woodworking teacher, but I have a lot of experience teaching folks to shoot. Eye dominance can cause issues in shooting, just as you are experiencing problems sawing. I think the fix used in shooting could work for you.
When I was taught to saw, I was told to sight down the plate with my dominant eye to keep the saw at a right angle to the work and sawing to the line. I’m right handed, right-eye dominant, so that’s what I do. That simple act could well be impossible for folks with an eye dominance issue. One would have to contort the body to the point of ruined saw technique to get one’s dominant eye behind the saw.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution. Close your dominant eye and use your non-dominant eye to sight along the saw plate. This is the same solution used when learning to shoot a gun while suffering the same type of eye dominance issue. A shooter can sometimes turn their head to use their dominant eye when shooting a handgun, but they cannot do so when shooting a long gun. Thus, they have to either switch to their non-dominant side to shoot so they can use their dominant eye, or learn to use their non-dominant eye behind the sights. I think you may be in the same boat.
It may feel quite odd to shut one eye, particularly your dominant eye, while sawing, but you can get used to it. Your other option would be to learn to saw left-handed….I think for most of us, keeping the saw in our dominant hand would yield much better results.
Just my two cents – hope it helps you.
MetalworkerMikeParticipantJuly 11, 2015 at 10:42 pmPost count: 4
Bypass eye dominance
I don’t know what my eye dominance is, but it doesn’t matter because I don’t ‘sight down the saw’. I look at the reflection in the saw-plate and make sure that the board and its reflection are in a straight line, and that means the saw is vertical and you are cutting squarely.
Seeing the line can be done using both eyes providing the line is on the left-hand side of the saw, so if you make sure that your off-cut is to the right, then you can see the line, and cut square every time.
If the line has to be on the right side of the saw then I’ll defer to the suggestion of others: close your left eye and look with your right.
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