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Forum topic by Josh posted 02-13-2012 01:30 AM 1699 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2012 01:30 AM

Anyone know much about the Carvewright system? I’m interested in a small system about this size but not sure if there is a better one out there…

-- Josh, Columbus, GA

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 02:51 AM

There is an excellent article on this machine compared to other similar size machines in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of American Woodworker. American Woodworker performed 3 side by side comparisons of the CarveWright Version C, the CNC Shark Pro Plus, and the ShopBot Desktop.

I received my copy of the magazine as a giveaway at the Woodworker’s Show in Dallas, TX. You might also look at,, and Legacy CNC for other types of “desktop” type CNC machines. Good luck.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 12:51 AM

they also make the sears compucarve (same machine, different nameplate). i own the sears version. it has it’s place for doing decorations, but it’s not a practical piece of woodworking machinery. they advertise it for doing ripping and jointing boards. it might be possible to make those cuts, but it would be a nightmare for those applications. the biggest drawbacks are noise and time. that little sucker SCREAMS. it’s by far the loudest machine i own. it’s louder than my planer and dust collector running together. as far as time, about every carving i’ve done has been at least 45 minutes. i’ve had the carver about 4 yrs, and used it maybe 10 times. i don’t think i’d buy it again if i had to do it over. i could see it being more useful in a shop that does some kind of specialty work. what kind of projects do you see yourself using it for?

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 05:19 PM

@bent – the new CarveTight Spindle reduces the noise considerably. It is still not “quiet”, but doesn’t scream anymore.

Carving is still it’s main purpose, but because it was built with the hobbyist in mind, they made it possible to do jointing & ripping. If you have those tools for those purposes, use them. Save the CW for carving. If you don’t have those tools, they can do those functions.


-- Connie Ratisseau - Sales & Marketing for the CarveWright System & STL Slicer

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