Carvewright; to buy or not to buy

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08-03-2008 01:01 PM

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Trying to decide whether or not to add a CarveWright to my shop. Looks like a great way to add some special detail to projects. Reviews are very mixed and it seems the reliability & durability are issues.

Looking for trustworthy feedback from other lumberjock comrades.


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#1 posted 08-03-2008 03:34 PM

I have no experience with it… just personal opinion.

To me, it seems like one of those gadgets that amazes you with what it can do. But I’m afraid that after playing with it a while I would get bored with it, because the computer was doing the woodworking, not me.

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

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#2 posted 08-03-2008 04:03 PM

I would have to agree with Charlie,and after reading reviews about this it does not seem to be very reliable.

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 04:31 PM

I’ve looked at it for a while and haven’t quite committed to buying it. Like you, I think I’d like to add some carving to some cabinetry work every now and then. I’d really like to learn how to carve myself, but I’ve got this whole patience issue I’m currently working on. So, this looks like a nice tool to include a little extra flair. However, it seems a pretty big investment when I don’t have any particular project in mind. At this point, I simply cannot justify the expense on a really cool gadget. As for the mixed reviews, from what I read, it works fine for what it’s designed for; small, occasional projects. But, as with everything, you pays your money and takes your chances.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 08-03-2008 06:05 PM

If you haven’t read these yet here are the Amazon reviews….doesn’t look very promising.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:22 PM

Have you checked out the new CarveWright Version C? It came out last June and has many upgrades to the original A & B model machines. After 6 years on the market, LHR has learned a few things.

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

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 06:47 PM

Don´t, this is one product you don´t want to get near to, unless you enjoy mechanical nightmares. Save a few more bucks and get one of the Shopbot desktop systems. Quality CNCs are complex, delicate machines, but when quality materials and sound design are involved the investment is clearly visible. Reliable CNC operation is definitely not within the grasp of the Carvewright.

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 12:56 AM

I have A carvright and love it I bought it about 3 years ago and It is great. I was in lowes and ask how much
The salesman said. 400 $ I said are you sure, and he said yes so I bought it . I have used it a lot it works grate
I just finished bedroom set with a lot of caving on the cabinets it. Is A great and works any time I need it no
Problems so far.

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