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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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All the tools acquired over my 49 years were destroyed in a garage fire in August. A rag with linseed oil - left on the floor by an ignorant and inexperienced weekend woodworker a.k.a. ME - started the fire. No real structural damage though. The contractor hasn't started repairs thus there is an impressive pile of brand spanking new tools in my living room. The replacement table saw - a 10" 3HP Delta Unisaw is where I'll be building my router table, onto the left extension using Incra's LS Super System and a dedicated Milwaukee 3.5hp router. I bought a Woodpecker precision router lift for it but that may be overkill as this model router has its own lift capabilities.

I am very open to ideas from you all concerning router table design and building, and any other thoughts you may have about setting up a new shop. I'll eventually have photos to post.

BTW, the fire inspector is a woodworker and encouraged me not to shy away from linseed oil because of my bad experience. He advised to simply throw the rag out on the driveway to let it dry out over night. It was the complete lack of circulation in my garage after closing up that created the environment for disaster.

BTW #2, the Unisaw is NOT in my living room. Tools-R-Us in Montclair, CA will deliver it after the repairs to the garage are finished.

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Hmmm. I'd think that a new UniSaw would make an excellent coffee table in the living room. As long as everyone was willing to stand, that is.

Sorry about the fire, though.

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Welcome Gary,

I do recall a member had his saw in the living room when he first started.....

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my heart TRULY go's out to you for a fire.
had one in the HOUSE last year.
{electric} Lost pretty near everything.
ended up TOTALY gutting the house to the studs removing all
the floors upstairs. all new plumbing electric gas insolation so
Its better an safer then it was befor fire.
I strongly suggest all new wiring. and smoke decetors.
as for rags diper pale filled with water I don't even like leaving
solvent soked ones outside
cuz ya never know whatcha don't know ya know.

BTW i think power tools in the house is sexey.
whats wrong with a table saw in the diningroom.
makes for a real conversation peace.
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Wow. So sorry you had to go through that torture. We really got lucky and it was still so traumatizing. I agree about the tools in the living room. They look pretty damn good, but a 500 pound box-o-tablesaw may cause disagreement in the household.
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Hey Gary.. welcome to the community... glad to have ya...

I've got the big milwaukee in a PRLv2 with the Incra rig.... you're gonna love it!!
All the power you're gonna need. unmatched accuracy and repeatability..

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Thanks, Bill. NOW I'm getting excited about it. I went on the cheap side and opted for the old "V1" lift as they're blowing them out for $199. I thought I probably wouldn't need a lift but couldn't resist at that price. I hope I like mine as much as you like your V2. It's out for delivery on the UPS truck right now. The Incra rig may end up being overkill but I went this route because of one thing the computer and software industries taught me about myself: I don't like paying for upgrades. Example: I'm a semi-pro photographer and my digital camera is 6 years old. The next digital camera I buy will have an image file type that can't be opened in my current version of Photoshop. Because I have already purchased too many UPGRADE versions (at $199 each), I'll HAVE to buy the new FULL version of Photoshop - AGAIN - just to be able to use the new camera. The FULL version of Photoshop is $699.00. end rant
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Gary.... nuttin wrong with the lift you choose to get. and for the price, a solid investment! Some would agree that the Incra rig is a bit of overkill. SO WHAT *LOL*.. I love it. the thing is dead nuts on and solid as a rock. The ability to zero in by the .001's of an inch is crazy accurate. When I began putting together my cabinet/table a few years back, I made a conscious decision to do all the research I could, make informed decisions and shop for the best deals I could find on the equipment I wanted. For me, the router is just "another" tool in my warchest albeit an incredibly versitile one. I've barely scratched what this setup is capable of doing. Keep us up to date once you get up and running. It's always a good thing to hear another opinion about equipment.

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