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View Poll Results: what side is your kiln on andf is it the same as your most used hand?
Right handed, kiln right side 98 42.98%
Left handed, kiln left side 17 7.46%
Right handed, kiln on left side 96 42.11%
Left handed, kiln on right side 14 6.14%
Kiln on both sides....I kick butt making beads 3 1.32%
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Old 2007-11-18, 5:04pm
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Default What side of your work space is your kiln on?

I know this seems odd but I was wondering what side you have your kiln on and are you right or left handed (to see if it makes a difference) I was looking at studio pics and didnt know if it made a difference.

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Old 2007-11-18, 5:07pm
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I am right handed. One kiln sits to my right, and one is about 10 feet behind me. Then if I am using it, I have the crock pot there somewhere too.
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Old 2007-11-18, 6:15pm
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ooooo, right now it's a 50/50 split!
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Old 2007-11-18, 6:42pm
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Right handed and on my left side. Strictly a "the cord is only so long" decision for me.
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Old 2007-11-18, 6:50pm
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Mine is on my left side and I am right handed. But that is only because the outlet is on the left of me. I can't wait to get my basement studio started where my first requirement is lots and lots of outlets!
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Old 2007-11-18, 7:09pm
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I was just wondering this same thing. Great minds think alike! I'm right handed, kiln on left cause bead door handle is closest to me that way. Wondering if it can be moved to other side?
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Old 2007-11-18, 7:15pm
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I am right handed and my kiln is about a foot to the left of my torch on the same work table.

I figured I would burn myself too much if it was on the right as its a much longer reach to the handle..
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Old 2007-11-18, 7:52pm
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Hehe, let me mess up the curve.

I'm right-handed, and my kiln is on the right, but I'd PREFER it to be on the left. It's only on the right because that was the place I could put it, not where I'd have liked to put it.
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Old 2007-11-18, 8:17pm
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I'm right handed, and my kiln is on the left. I like to open the kiln door with my left hand while putting the bead into the holder in the kiln with my right hand - works for me!
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Old 2007-11-19, 3:33am
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left handed and the kiln is on the right. i like it that way i can stretch and put my bead in the kiln with the hand that is holding the mandrel. i hold my mandrel with my right and apply glass with my left
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Mine is behind me right now and not in a great place but it is the only place I have for it. When I move and set up the studio it will be to my right. So I vote Right!
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Old 2007-11-19, 5:21am
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technically to the left, but it's also a couple steps away.

I want it on the bench with me, but I haven't figured out how to reconfigure my workspace to do that, not lose any glass space (bench is a mess!), and still stay under where my hood is.

Maybe if I move the oxy tanks..hrmmmmm.....After the holidays
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Old 2007-11-19, 7:20am
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You did not give a choice for straight in front. That is where my main kiln is currently. I love having it so close.

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Right handed, on the left. However when we get out second station set up, it will be right handed on the right. Either way doesn't make much a difference to me.

I have a rolling drafting chair, so I just roll over to it.
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Old 2007-11-19, 10:27am
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Our kiln is a couple of steps from the torch - so it really doesn't matter which side since we have to get up and walk to it anyway.
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Right handed, to the right of one torch, to the left of the other, on top of the glass rack. Aka between the two benches!
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Right handed, would prefer it on the left 'cause it's easier to open door with left and reach over and insert bead with right. Unfortunately kiln needs to be on dedicated circuit so it is to my right.
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Another curve ball... Due to moving soon I have a temp set up and mine is about 20 feet away in another room from my workspace. According to my studio design though it (Chili Pepper) will be in the middle of two torches. My firefly will be on the right for PMC (when I get it)....
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Old 2007-11-19, 6:21pm
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This made sense to me. If my bead is in my dominant hand then the kiln needs to be opposite it so my non dominant hand can open the door without reaching over the torch.

So for me left hand right side. But I tend to go about everything backwards.
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Old 2007-11-19, 8:38pm
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I am right handed and my kiln sits in between my two torches.
I primarily use the torch on the left so my kiln is on the right side of me.
the handle for the bead door is on the right side of it so it would be awkward to use my left hand to reach across to open it. the mandrel is normally in my left hand so I open the door with my right then swith the mandrel to my right hand. I can then bend down to the left to look into the kiln for placement while placing the mandrel with my right hand.
I find when it is on my left it is too far to reach right handed.
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Right handed-lefty kiln.
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Right handed, kiln on right side. Simply cause the outlet is on my right side too. I still need both hands to put a bead in the kiln. I also have to stand up to reach it. Not too practical but thats what happens when you bild a working table with enough hight and depth for your other needs!
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Mine is on the workbench BEHIND me, slightly to the right when I swivel around in my chair. So I couldn't vote.
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I am right handed and have my kiln on the right side, but I never considered my handedness when I decided where to put the kiln. I actually use my left hand to put my beads in - go figure...

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Old 2007-11-20, 10:27am
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the one I use is behind me and a couple of steps away. the one I don't use sits on my bench in the left hand corner. I'd use it if it were not sitting right on my bench.

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Julia,

Mine is in the same position. This means that I can swivel on my stool, lift the door with my left hand and then pick up something from the kiln with either hand. This is very useful when checking the fit of pieces, one from the kiln and one coming off the torch.

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Old 2007-11-20, 2:40pm
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Mine is also directly in front of me.
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Neither! My kiln is right behind me
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Right handed, kiln on left. Just easier for me to open the kiln door with my left hand and put the mandrel in with my right.
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mine is strait in front but I go around my desk on the right.
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