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Forum topic by Ivan posted 11-20-2009 06:00 PM 6011 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ivan

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11-20-2009 06:00 PM

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Morning all, I’m looking into a CNC Router for the shop, thinking of doing carved initials and such, maybe some decorative elements and was wondering what the main differences are between the Shark system sold through Rockler and the Carvewright (or via Sears, Compucarve) which looks more like a ‘lunch box’ planer.

I have a small shop so space is a concern, is the shark really that much better?

Cheers,
Ivan

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."


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Mike Pientka

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 09:13 PM

I bought a Shark Pro a year ago and summarized my experiences in this article I published on my website: http://www.original-approach.com/html/reviews.html

-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO, www.original-approach.com

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 09:38 PM

I saw the Carvewright demoed a number of times and the one thing I came away with was how rough the wood looked where the design was cut. And on some of the intricate designs I have no clues how you would go about sanding that to make it look good, it really looked bad. Don’t know how that compares tot he Shark, haven’t seen any examples of its work close up. Maybe next time Rockler demos theirs I’ll meander over there.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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ssflyer

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 10:37 PM

I don’t have either, but I do have a ShopBot 96”x60” PRS Alpha – The comparison is the difference between a printer and a real CNC machine. I apologize to those who have the Carvewright (or Sears Compucarve – same thing) but the quality is simply not there…

The Shark is better equipped to handle future upgrades, as are any other options that offer open xyz movements with an open choice of bits, spindles, etc…

-- Ron, Pope Valley CA - www.winecountrycustomcarving.com

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ssflyer

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 11:02 PM

Depending on what you are really looking for – simple lettering or really nice 2.5D reliefs, you might want to check out the ShopBot Buddy system – An amazing amount of support, including weekends, and forum, along with the Vectric forum, that won’t quit. If you are new to CNC, I have to recommend them, as I have never seen better support.(BTW – You get 2 Vectric software packages when you buy a shopbot – -Cut3D and Partworks)

I am not affiliated with them, other than being a customer, but have had many years as a software engineer, an know the ins and outs of support…

Here’s a small example of a small backsplash I did for a master bathroom:

-- Ron, Pope Valley CA - www.winecountrycustomcarving.com

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Ivan

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 08:49 PM

Nice, thanks for the replies. I’m not currently able (financially) to make this purchase and I found a mill about 45 minutes north of me that has a CNC. so I think I’ll try them first and see what comes about.

I did notice that the Compucarve finish was less than desireable and sanding all that seems like it would be easier to carve it out with a sharp chisel.

Cheers,
Ivan

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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