Compucarve machine and cabinet

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Project by xcalibr1 posted 1859 days ago 4612 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Compucarve machine sitting on the cabinet that I made for it. The drawer front and doors were carved by the Compucarve machine. I was pretty impressed with the machines capabilities especially since this was my first attempt at using the machine. I built a dust collection chute into the cabinet to mate with the bottom of the machine. I then attached a 4” angled dust collection flange on the back. It works pretty well. The cabinet was made mostly from a free sheet of MDF that a friend gave me. I made the face frame,doors and drawer front from birch. Pocket screws were used to hold it all together. I then bought nice big dual-locking caster wheels on E-bay that lock from rolling and turning to keep it from moving when in use. I will build a similar cabinet next for my Dewalt planer. I just have to wait for another free sheet of MDF to come along with a future plywood order at my buddy’s cabinet shop. Nothing beats free materials and MDF works just fine for something like this.

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#1 posted 1859 days ago

Very cool carving thiese machines can do some nice work. well done.

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#2 posted 1859 days ago

Great looking cabinet, how long did it take you to learn how to program the machine to create the pieces you did?

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#3 posted 1859 days ago

Very nice job, you should be proud.


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#4 posted 1859 days ago

Nice job. It seems to show lighter and darker on some of the first pictures. Is that a shadow, finish or is the mdf actually have different colors as you go through the layers?

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#5 posted 1859 days ago

The face frame,doors and drawer front are all birch. No MDF. The software does have a learning curve. I actually had this machine for over a year (yes I said over a year) before I worked with it. I bought it before I found out my workplace was closing. I lost interest at that point. Then my friend gave me the free sheet of MDF a few months back and I built the cabinet and started messing with it. Im glad I did. But to answer the question about the software, it does take a bit to learn, but its actually pretty easy when you catch on to it. I had been messing with the software on and off for over a year. I could program something similar to the doors and drawer in probably less than 10 minutes now. But the machine actually took over 4 hours to carve both doors and another 4+ hours to carve the drawer front. It carves with a 1/16” bit. All the carving patterns and fonts that I used are already in the software. Plus, you can download free patterns as well as purchase other patterns on-line.

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#6 posted 1859 days ago

Nice machine. You’ll be able to do a lot of interesting things with it. Even better than this project which is very good.

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#7 posted 1859 days ago

Nice carvings. How smooth does it leave the finished carving? Does it need some very intricate sanding or can you apply a finish on it as is?

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#8 posted 1859 days ago

Thanks guys. The carvings are somewhat rough. Mostly the end grain has little fuzz on it. I did take little pencil size sanding stick and get the fuzz off. But since its not a piece of furniture I didnt take it any farther. I only cleared the drawer front so far with a heavy coat. I havent done the doors yet. I may sand the clear a little, but again, wont be too particular on this. Just wanted to see what the machine was capable of. Compucarve cabinet doors close-up

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#9 posted 1857 days ago

X – that is great work. I am a novice and I have a lot to learn. I bought my Carvewright system from DealMonger about a month ago.
If anyone was looking for one, I got mine here:

It came with a brand new bit set and Scanning Probe.

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