When I first bought my CarveWright and posted about it on another woodworking forum I got quite a few disparaging remarks. Of course most of those messages came from folks who had no personal knowledge about the machine. They based their comments on posts they had read.
I think the low opinions were sparked up by owners who found the learning curve too steep and long or they saw the machine as too complicated. Well, it is complicated. It’s a CNC computer operating inside a small cabinet and running a routing head going over 20,000 rpm.
Maybe they ought to warn people that they have to be ready and able to meet the demands placed on the owner before they’re allowed to buy! ;-)
Because of its relatively small size, its seen as just a toy. Here’s proof that it can handle large work, too.
Here’s a closeup.
This horse silhouette is scrollsawn.
The sign was carved into MDF and sealed with two coats of shellac and two coats of white primer sealer. The finish colors are professional sign painting 1Shot™ enamels.
The client opted for this material because the cost of the next best stuff was too high. MDF carves well in this scale but once the face is opened by cutting the interior is soft. Shellac reseals and stiffens those surfaces.
Oh, what’s the other, more costly material? HDU, otherwise called High Density Urethane foam. It’s weatherproof, needs no sealer and goes for well over $300 per 48×96 sheet plus shipping. This job didn’t need that much material, so much of it would have been mere overhead.
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