A few questions, as I'm trying to develop a new machine, and maybe a little informal market research. (NOTE - I am NOT trying to sell anything. I'm trying to develop this little machine in my own basement, and am a LONG way off. I'm just trying to get a sense of what "serious amateurs" to "smaller professionals" think of the idea.)
A) How much are y'all frustrated by the current situation -- that is, that you need a jointer to flatten one face, and a planer to make the other face flat-and-parallel to the first?
(And - you need two machines that do *just* about the same thing, but take up 2x as much space, and one's heavy as heck, and both need their knives sharpened and then adjusted.... Oh, and a jointer's usually 6" whereas a planer's 12.5" or 13" -- unless you take the safety guard off the jointer and do 2 passes....
(And, the planer snipes, and both of 'em scallop your wood...?)
B) What do you think about a single machine that'd look a lot like a Performax-type drum sander, only about 1/2 to 3/4 size, that'd perfectly flatten even a cupped/warped board on one side, then flip it and it'd plane the other side perfectly parallel? No snipe, no scalloping. (And, unlike a drum sander, a smoothly PLANED, not sanded (fuzzed, micro-scratched) surface.)?
C) And, suppose it cost somewhere in the $250-450 range, and would do boards up to about 13"?
Is that something people'd be interested in? Please help this amateur inventor!