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06-30-2012 10:00 PM

I am currently in the market for a CNC machine and I wanted to get some of your opinions. I am leaning toward the Carvewright but have looked a few others and I am torn with the reviews. Help anyone?

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 10:23 PM

What do you want to do with your CNC? What are your tolerances you hope to fit into? Have you purchased software for modelling yet? Do you want to do mostly 2d, 2.5d or 3d?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 11:29 PM

I would pick up the latest version(? or the one before) of WOOD magazine. It has a really good article about different CNCs on the market.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 01:28 AM

I love my carvewrights that’s right plural I have three of them wouldn’t trade them for anything. Good machine, good company and a great bunch of guys to help you along on the forum.

-- Richard,, rccarvings facebook

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 01:35 AM

The CNC is the last part in a long line of steps you need to take. You need to learn design software, toolpathing, stock preparation, how to properly use bits before you fire up the machine and start cutting/carving. Anyone who tells you that all you have to do is plug the machine in and your off and running is not telling you the whole truth. You might be able to cut one of their samples but that’s about it.

I researched for over a year before I settled on the machine I have (not important what it is). I looked hard at what I wanted to do a the machine (short term), what possible future things I would want to do with a machine (long term), cost of maintenance, what type of maintenance had to be done, dust collection (they make a LOT of chips and dust), availability of spare parts, company support, community support (forums), cost of bits, accessory options, etc. It is a long list of things you will want solid answers to before you pull the trigger.

Check out this primer on CNC router bits. It will give you an idea of the learning curve just for this part of the process.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 02:22 AM

Thanks all for the good info; my plan is to begin engraving names, ranks, and insignas on military shadow boxes I make. Additionally, I would like to start adding some decorative detatils to other projects.

Thanks againg for the info and I will continue my research.

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