Praying Hands Plaque

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Carved Maple hands on 8” x 10” board. I can’t recall the species of the plaque – can anyone out there name that species? The hands were carved on my CarveWright machine – the plaque was routed on my router table. The hands are mounted to the plaque by screws, from the back side.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 04-25-2007 08:52 PM

Very nice. How long does it take to set up the machine to do this kind of work?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-25-2007 09:45 PM

Thanks for sharing this, do you start out with a model ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-25-2007 10:21 PM

Bill, this is great. Cannot figure the species of wood on the plaque, but the hands are well done. I think Sears has one of those machines or a version of it.

Maybe the wood on the plaque might be a Pecan(?).

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 04-25-2007 10:42 PM

That’s pretty neat, Bill. What are the hands made of?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-25-2007 11:27 PM

WayneC – The carving time on the hands was about 1 hour.

Dick Cain – I’m ashamed to show my machine carvings after seeing your hand work. I guess those that can carve, carve and the rest of us use a machine. Yes, I purchased the model for the hands from VectorArt I take the model and import it into the CarveWright’s Designer software and create my project. It is saved to a PMICA (sp) card and then imported into the CarveWright machine for carving. The learning curve on the Designer software is fairly steep – but once you figure that out, the sky is the limit. It can carve up to 12.5” wide by an almost infinite length.

PanamaJack – yes, Sears is selling the same machine, under the name CompuCarve. The wood is not Pecan – I think it may be Gonco Alves (sp), but I can’t remember.

CharlieM – The hands are made from Maple.

I saw a Coat Rack in the Projects section and decided to try it on the CarveWright. Below is a picture of what it would come out of the machine looking like. Keep in mind that it will actually cut out the piece from the board. In this case the board’s dimensions are 12”x36”x.750” The little circles along the bottom edge are actually the holes for the Shaker Pegs. I had the machine pre-drill them at .250” x .250” deep.
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-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 04-25-2007 11:48 PM

I guess I’ll have to keep carving the old fashioned way. Trying to learn Sketchup is to much for me.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-26-2007 01:40 PM

It’s still a beautiful project. Thanks for showing us your secret. I’d bet Dick could do that by hand and you could’nt tell the difference. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-26-2007 03:30 PM

they make a machine that can do this??

Still impressive, if you ask me!!


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#9 posted 04-27-2007 12:57 AM

cajun. It’s not Goncalo Alves. the wood that I have has a lot more brown and it can have black stripes.

But does it feel very waxy. Goncalo almost doesn’t need any finish because of the internal oils.

I was thinking maybe basswood. if it is soft., harder than balsa wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-28-2008 03:29 AM

Hi Bill

The CarveWright is quite the machine! Never knew there was such a thing. Of course me being a cabinet builder I visualize kitchen door designs, wildlife scenes in gun cabinets, organizations emblems and seals in the front of desks. I will definitely have to look into this machine after I get the shop up and running.

Thanks for the welcome!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 11:27 AM

However you got there the end product is very nice.

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#12 posted 01-30-2008 02:43 PM

I have got to learn how to carve. There are so many carved masterpieces in LJ I am truly amazed and intrigued :) Beautifully done :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 03:37 PM

Appears you are more of a tech guy and others in this thread appear to be hands on in carving? Looked at this machine when it first came out. Said to myself “oooooooooeeeeeeeee!” “Want one!” Stopped short when I read critiqes about problems owners were having. How long have you owned it? How often do you use it? Work OK?


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#14 posted 09-22-2011 08:05 PM

Thanks Doc for your astute observation. I am a bit of a techie. I have had my Carvewright since 2006 and honestly have had very few problems with my machine. Having said that, there are others that have had a bunch of problems with their machines. I would feel more confident in buying one of their machines today. I don’t use my machine that often, but when I do, I have had very few problems with it.
It will do a fine job carving, but it is also wonderful for making parts for projects, jigs, etc.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 11-03-2013 10:59 PM

This is simply beautiful!!!! Great JOB!!!

-- Dana

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