Compucarve vs. Carvewright

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02-19-2009 06:25 PM

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Been looking at these two and have not found much on reviews. I am a woodcarver and wanted a new toy to play with. Does anyone own any of these or any thoughts on them, how they work, perform, durabilaty?

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 07:38 PM

Cajunpen has one send him a PM. He might not see this post.

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#2 posted 02-20-2009 01:15 AM

I cannot answer your question, but here is something else to think about – you might also consider a cnc router. check out Spalms: It is a different type of animal, but there is a lot of software out there to support cnc nowadays (look at Vectric for example)
I also have a little cnc router in my shop. my family calls it my spirograph because when I first got it together, I used spalms software he wrote to test it and ended up with lots of things that looked like the old spirograph toy designs.

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#3 posted 02-20-2009 01:32 AM

CompuCarve and CarveWright are the same, but CompuCarve comes from Sears, The CarveWright comes right from the manufacturer. I bought a CarveWright and I’m quite satisfied with it.
One needs to understand, though, these machines aren’t simple. You don’t just add wood and push a button. There’s a steep and long learning curve and there is a lot of maintenance. Just for example, think about a flexshaft working a router bit at 20,000 rpm. The manufacturer has a forum you can go on and ask around.
Jump on over there. They’re friendly folks, for the most part.


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#4 posted 02-20-2009 01:33 AM

The Craftsman Compucarve and the Carvewright are identical machines. Carvewright makes them and for a short time licensed them to Craftsman, though now the no longer do. I’ve read reviews that are both good and bad about them. From what I’ve seen they are pretty easy to work with. I stopped by their booth at IWF in Atlanta last August, got to see one in operation. The results were less than stellar, the piece required a bit of finish sanding, though the rep said you can just go over it with a brush sander. One big downside though, you can only use their bits with it. Other CNC carvers use a standard router collet so you can use standard shank bits. CNC Shark looks real nice, and General is coming out with a new CNC router as well. One thing I do like about the Carvewright is the scanning probe. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents. Hope it helps.

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 01:48 AM

I’m not a carver so I am not impressed with the machine.

That said, I have a friend who is a carver and, once he got the bugs and mechanical problems fixed, which took about 3 months and 2 returns to the factory, he says he is very happy with it. However, he had bought it at Sears and had to send it to CarveWright to get it fixed properly.

He does some interesting work with it. He’s still working on his learning curve but he is doing stuff that he likes and learns as he goes. (He’s retired so he can do that). I was impressed that you could scan a photo and it would easily convert to a carving on a piece of wood. Even put in the 3D aspects.

For a few hundred$$ more the one that Rockler sells does a cleaner job on the wood but I do not know anything about the programing.


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#6 posted 12-11-2009 09:20 PM

I bought a Shark Pro a year ago and summarized my experiences in this article I published on my website:

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