Doug Carlson

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About Doug Carlson

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  • Birthday 10/09/1974

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    St Paul, MN
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    Furniture building, cabinetmaking, turning.

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  1. Here my. 02 cents. I wouldn't get either of them. I have yet to hear any woodworker say "I'm so glad I bought a jointer/planer combo". I used to work at a ww supply store and we had a Jet combo unit on the floor. I only ever sold that to beginners who couldn't afford to buy the two machines separately from each other. I don't know anything about the models and maybe they'll be fine, but for the price I'd go with two dedicated machines. Planer footprints are usually pretty small so you won't lose a ton of space. Whichever way you go, good luck and report back with the results!
  2. FWIW, Rockler also offers sharpening for blades and saws of all types. It is done by way of a vendor (at least it is at the store I work at- Minnetonka, MN. And I assume it works the same at all other locations) where it takes about a week to get your order back. For handsaws, pricing is based on the length and tooth count of the saw.
  3. I am behind a draconian firewall at work that doesn’t allow for YouTube – or any video for that matter – so I will have to check it out later. One thing I was going to mention though is that - if you WERE to find some reclaimed beams, you probably wouldn’t have to worry about them pretzel’ing up! If they are relatively straight and true, odds are they will stay that way – and a couple passes through a planer and they may look good as new! Not that you haven’t considered this already, but just thought I would mention it. Take care sir.
  4. @Chestnutcan probably speak to this better than me (I believe he's an engineer) but I know that in a lot of modern construction, there has been a move away from using solid beams for structural support, instead using laminations of multiple 2X6's, 2X8's or whatever the appropriate size is for the building/deck/whatever is being built. I would think you can probably find 6x6's readily and easily (As @Minnesota Steve mentioned in his reply) but to go bigger than that, I don't know if there is a lot of demand for beams that size.
  5. If it helps, @Mick S, I feel older than dirt a lot of the time...
  6. 6 of one, half dozen of the other.
  7. Thanks. I don't have any crowns but I follow you. Thanks for explaining!
  8. Howdy @Mick S - can you explain the dentist's trick you are referring to? Thanks!
  9. @Mick S Agree, agree, agree. My shop is a detached garage, probably 30 ft from the house and it's almost reached the point where I have to wait to do any planing until my wife isn't home, because even inside the house, with all windows closed, she still complains about the noise. I can only assume that the rest of the neighborhood loves it just as much as she does. @Chestnut dangit, now you've made me jealous! That is a beautiful machine and a very nice investment, sir. I look fwd to hearing from you about its performance.
  10. One suggestion for aligning the top - and this assumes that you have a flat workbench, or large table to do the glue-up on - but you can use the surface of your bench/assembly table to align the top simply by flipping it upside down. So in the diagram you have provided, if the sidegrain that is showing is meant to ultimately be the top of table, you can flip it upside and then the surface of the bench will act as a registration surface. then if there is any disparity in the width of your work pieces, the uneven plane will be the bottom of the tabletop and the top will be flat. I hope that makes sense. This is hard to explain in writing, but is a fairly simple concept. Please keep us informed as to your progress!
  11. Thanks @bmcminn What you're showing there is a face grain lamination where the side grain is left exposed to make up the table top. Screws are even less necessary here. Which is to say that aren't needed at all, provided your work pieces are clean and tight, and fit together without any gaps. This is how many of us build our work benches. You absolutely don't need screws. I don't think they'd hurt, but they're def not needed imo. thanks for clarifying.
  12. My experience has been when I first started gluing up panels about 12 years or so back, I had it in my head that I needed to wrench on those clamps. And I would see issues with, not complete failure, but sections of the joint not being bonded as securely. Once I started going more moderate, and not squeezing out 80% of the glue, that stopped happening. All I was trying to do was advise him to not wrench on the clamps as tight as he possibly can make them. Which I stand by. That's all.