Girlfriend sent me a link to this:

She also threw some jokes down because she knows I can keep a cool tool, and this is basically CNC for small wood projects.

My question is this:

CNC is typically used when you've got to crank out a lot of parts that are the same, not one offs. I do sculpture in my spare time using nearly any material, and I've never thrown a piece of barstock into a CNC to make a piece of art. I've done some unconventional things on a Fadal CNC to demonstrate my CADD skills by making a sold Aluminum Rose, but I wouldn't consider that art.

I suppose my question is, how do my fellow woodworkers feel about this product? would you use it to save time on cranking out designs, like CNC was intended for? or would you use it as a crutch for things you can't do by hand? Does it take away from the art of woodworking?

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I have been half way following this gadget and even though I am not much of a woodworker I am being tempted to get one.  My plan A is to tempt my brother who does woodworking to get one though. 

I've had a CNC machine in the planning stage for several years.  The mechanical part is simple, the electronic interface not so simple.


To that end, last summer I bought a 3-axis controller board that has yet to get used.  Busy, busy.


It is my belief that CNC is just one more tool in your arsenal.  It does not take away from the artistry, any more so than your use of a jointer or table saw...or are you one of those guys who believes a table saw takes away from the "handcrafted" aspect of your projects?  There are some who do feel that way.


CNC's great strength lies not just in its ability to make multiple pieces, but actually in its ability to make parts very precisely.  Inlay can be taken to a level that most would never achieve, even with the most exquisite level of craftsmanship.  I've also seen exceptionally beautiful dovetails made with CNC equipment.


My goal is to use mine for clockwork parts. 


Fair warning, though.  As CNC machines go the CarveWright is pretty low end in its capabilities, especially considering its cost. is a great resource for this type of information.


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