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Forum topic by Mark Smith posted 532 days ago 2032 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Smith

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532 days ago

About 4 years ago now I bought a Carvewright machine intending to use it when I retired. It sat in the box for the first 2 years because I put off retirement. When I took it out of the box I used it one time but I didn’t read the directions enough and I didn’t have the bit completely locked into the spindle so the second it touched the wood the bit came out and broke in the process. So I put the machine away and in the mean time did order some new bits (Since it only came with one) and never used it again. Now that I’m retired I did go ahead and open my own woodshop and bought a Legacy CNC machine so I don’t need the Carvewright. I guess the question I have is there even a market out there for the Carvewright? I know I’ll never get even close to what I paid for it, but if I put a $500 price tag on it does that seem like a fair price? I ordered all the extras at the time including the scanning probe, extra bits, and the new heavy duty belts that I never even put on. Obviously the warranty is long since expired and all you have to do is a Google search to see these Carvewrights had a lot of problems.

If I couldn’t get $500 for it I could always donate it to a charity and make more money in the tax write-off. Any ideas on who to donate it to if I can’t sell it that would qualify for a tax write-off?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com


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omextreme

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#1 posted 532 days ago

There have been a number of improvements and upgrades made to the machine since you bought yours. They have changed the bit hold mechanism, the z axis and a few other things. That said I bought my carvewright used locally in Atlanta with 0hrs on it after getting all the upgrades done at the factory. I think i paid about 450 for mine.

May want to pop into the carvewright forums to see what they have to say.

Good luck.

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Tomthumb

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#2 posted 443 days ago

I’m new to this but might be interested in buying it from you just a hobby for me so wasn’t looking to get somthing big and the carvewright isn’t if you want to contact me that would be great

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Underdog

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#3 posted 443 days ago

I’m interested in buying it from you also. I’ve been wanting a CNC router for ages, and just haven’t found one in the price range I want. Sounds like it could work… of course shipping is another issue.

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Mark Smith

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#4 posted 443 days ago

Well it is still for sale. Underdog I replied to your private message. The one thing about the CarveWright is it is very heavy, so shipping it UPS from California to Georgia would not be cheap. I’ve never shipped an item as freight before but I can’t get around and see if I can find an alternative source. Tomthumb, are you closer to California?

But for both of you, before you buy, make sure you do your research on the CarveWright. These machines had a lot of problems and the one I have, although in brand spanking new condition, is one of the early models and I know they have made a lot of modifictions to fix the problems. I’d be willing to sell this one for $300, plus actual shipping costs. It isn’t worth it for me to sell it any cheaper than that, because I could go donate it to a charity and make more money on the tax write-off. Or for any cheaper I may just keep it and just use it as a 3D scanner for my larger CNC machine.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 443 days ago

As for who to donate the money to Mark I would suggest “Wounded Warriors” .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mark Smith

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#6 posted 443 days ago

Thanks for the info Jim, but I was refering to donating the machine itself for the tax write-off. Would the wounded warriors want the machine?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#7 posted 443 days ago

I’m still interested I would pay for the shipping but would have to talk to make arrangements and ask a few more questions

Thanks tom

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 443 days ago

Mark I thought you were talking about the proceeds from the sale.Sorry I misunderstood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mark Smith

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#9 posted 443 days ago

I posted this 3 months ago and now I have three buyers for it in one day!! Underdog was the first who contacted me through email about it and I promised it to him before I read the comments on the forum. So as of right now Underdog and I have a deal and I’m going to send him some photos and more info next week. If for some reason he decides not to make the deal then Tomthumb is second in line and the other person who contacted me in private message is third in line. Or I could make you guys bid against each other!! No, I won’t do that. I set a price and made the offer to Underdog and I don’t go back on my deals. Thanks for all the interest though.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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upinsmoke

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#10 posted 435 days ago

Mark, please put me in line as number 4 on the list for the Carvewright. I’m definately interested!

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Underdog

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#11 posted 435 days ago

Thanks Mark. Sorry guys, the CW is slowly wending it’s way across the country. The anticipation makes it seem like ages…

I can’t believe I’ve already read the manual cover to cover, and watched all the maintenance videos. My ADD is on hold….

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Mark Smith

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#12 posted 434 days ago

Yup, the deal was done and it’s on a UPS truck someplace between here and Georgia right now. I wish all you guys had seen this when I first posted it.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Mark Smith

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#13 posted 424 days ago

UD I saw the machine got to you alright. Everything okay with it? Did it arrive in one piece?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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