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CarveWright CW005 Version C Woodworking System

3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Virtually unlimited project capacity yet still small enough to fit on a desk
  • Inexpensive way for anyone to create complex carvings
  • Onboard computer makes using the machine quick and easy, memory card slides right into the machine
  • Point-and-click format of the software easy to use
  • Manipulate and combine elements from extensive 3D pattern library
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The team that revolutionized home woodworking in 2006 has done it again in 2010 with the new CarveWright Version C, an even more robust successor to the original groundbreaking table-top carving machine. The CarveWright Version C, which features the new CarveTight Spindle system, is not a cosmetic update -it's virtually a whole new machine from top to bottom. The compact personal fabricator has had many components redesigned to dramatically improve rigidity, durability, and stability. The new CarveTight Spindle is the tough-as-nails spindle system upgrade. It's made from one solid piece of hardened ground steel to significantly reduce vibration, improve run out, run quieter, and enhance the overall quality of the CarveWright machine. This item is standard on the CarveWright Version C machine. The system comes with everything you need to get started including the Project Designer software for both PC and Mac systems, which features easy to use point and click design capabilities in a format that is both full featured and familiar to most basic level computer users. A 45-Minute instructional video supplemented by CarveWright's extensive online Learning Lab tutorials will help you to quickly get up to speed on the how to use your new system. Additional advanced software and accessories are available to build a system that fits both your needs and your budget. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced woodworker, the CarveWright is the ideal tool for you.  The CarveWright's easy-to-use, point-and-click software, coupled with the machine's on-board computer, allows even the novice to achieve professional results.  For the skilled craftsman the machine will open a vast, new arena for creativity and embellishment.  The CarveWright, with its compact size, low cost, and ease of use will be equally at home in a dyer garage, hobbyist woodshop, artist studio, technology classroom, or professional woodworking shop.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 80 pounds
Product Dimensions 29 x 20.2 x 19 inches
Item model number CW005
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B0042XAMSG
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3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #625,190 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#180 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Milling Machines
Shipping Weight 80 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 29, 2010

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This is going to be a balanced review. Clearly, reading the other reviews, everyone either loves or hates the Carvewright. I will say that it is not problem free, that you (as owner) will need to learn some new tricks. But that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile.

The Carvewright machine ties in with its software. The software is easy to use to do simple projects, but there are depths within depths in that software. To create complex patterns or projects, you will need to take time to learn to use the software. Carvewright maintains a very active and engaged forum, one that you will go to probably with every project and problem. There is a learning curve to using this system and much of the learning needed will come from other users. (Thanks, Bud, btw) There's tutorials online. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you'll muddle through and figure out the software as you go. Its too complex for that. But it is cool and you can do some pretty amazing things with it; you just need to learn how.

Upon purchase, I had to wait several weeks for the machine to arrive. The company seems to sometimes be backordered as the machines themselves are heavy, bulky and expensive. Once it arrived, it was very simple to put together and I was (and am still) pleased that it came well tuned right out of the box.

The first project that I did was a simple one, a variation on one of the tutorials on the system. It came out beautifully, though it was simple. It was a pattern, with words in a single plane that was carved from the surface of a board. I was ready for more complexity.

Unfortunately, I had a tough time. The next 6 carves didn't work out for a lot of reasons. Almost all of those reasons were operator error.
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The Carvewright is the most useful tool I have ever owned. And that's coming from a 35 year retired Auto Tech. And a hobbyist woodworker. If someone would like to trade one of their unhappy machines... I have a Delta Contractors Table saw. It is my old one, 3-piece cast iron top, 52" Delta Uni-fence with 48" Uni-t-fence upgrade. You cover shipping!! Seriously though. When you purchase a high performance piece of equipment, like a CNC router. You HAVE to expect high maintenance. But it isn't like you have to drain oil and make a mess. Keep the machine CLEAN!! Make sure the bits are sharp, the rails and bearings clean and polished, make sure your bits are tight, Make sure the wood you use is flat and squared, and most of all, have patience! All but one problem that I have had was not my fault. The power supply was damaged in shipping. It was a reconditioned model. So the first owner blamed CarveWright, and Carvewright blamed Fed-ex. The owner sold it in frustration. The second owner just figured he got burned... so he sold it to me. I paid way too much money for a broken unit. But with help from the nice people on the forum, I had it going in no time! The learning curve is never ending with this machine. Which could be perceived as a bad thing. But if you have the patience to keep learning, you'll soon realize that it's possibilities are endless. It can handle boards 14.5 inches wide by 12 FEET!! Even the $3000 dollar models can't do things that long. You can make entire projects, with this being the only power tool you own! It will cut, miter and bevel. It will edge route and plunge route. It will even drill holes! But even with all of that, what it does best, is carve. I have made carvings that literally astonish people, as well as myself. With a little patience and a lot of learning, you will soon be making things friends and family, and taking orders for profit!
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The macine is a great idea but is JUNK. Have had the machine since October 2010, it has less than 70 hours on it and it has been down for over 4 weeks. Even though I have maticuously maintained it and added a dust collection system to it that isn't even offered by Carvewright and is a necessity, it is not reliable and falls out of setting easily. The software is full of glitches and bad programming. Customer service at LHR, for the most part,is a joke. I wish I had purchased the Rockler unit instead. Now I'm out over $2500 with all of the accessories and a machine that does not work. I should have believed all of the other negative reviews I read before buying. Amazon should stop offering it!
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I bought my CarveWright C version about a year ago and have had no problems with it at all. If you were to get one of these machines you have to be ready to maintain it properly. There is plenty of information on the web site about maintanance and tips and tricks that I recomend you go over. The best way to keep the machine in good health is to use good straight wood like select pine and oak. Making sure the wood is not warped is very important because the board must ride smoothly on the rollers and belts. Another good practice to get into is when cutting or routing along a path you should make sure that you have set your max pass depth.

You could put a board up to 14.5" into it, do any length as long as you had supports, the rollers and belts which feed the board in and out. It has a servo motor which is much better for speed and accuracy than the stepper motor you will find on other CNC machines. The carving bit looks like a pencil shape and travels back and forth to achieve the detail. The cutting bit follows the contour of a path.

The software uses raster images or jpg and png files specifically. You can capture an image off of the internet or any thing on the screen to the clipboard. Bring it into Designer via the Import Image Dialog box, hitting Next to get the 3D preview, and then you can set the depth. The designer software which comes with it is where you can set up your board size. You can easily turn and spin the board while setting up your job. You can easily find any pattern that you have imported in the pattern list, and simply clicking it, then click on the board to place it, after which you can move and resize it. You can invert a pattern and also turn the board over to utilize a two sided carve. The standard software uses height map raster images.
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