TIPS & TRICKS – Modeling Vines with Vectors

Did you know you can make carving patterns with just the BASIC software tools? This is a quick and easy demonstration of making vines by drawing lines and using the Depth Profile and Make Pattern tools. Watch the video and follow along to learn more about these great tools everyone has! Then use these vines […]

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Making Stacked Text Signs

Over the last few years, one style of carved sign has risen to become the de facto “product” being made on the CarveWright CNC. Some call it the ‘stacked text’ or ‘layered text’ style, or, in the case of this video tutorial, the ‘Established’ Style Anniversary Name Plaque. CarveWright customer, Ken Ross, made this video […]

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What makes a good graphic image to import?

This is a frequent issue that we get asked about a lot. A good quality graphic is critical to making a successful carve-ready pattern, but what makes it good and how can you improve it if it is not good? We’ll use this real life example to illustrate this topic. Let’s pretend you’ve been hired […]

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Carve Time: How long will it take to carve?

Scenario 1 Potential customers often ask this question. It is a hard one to answer as there are many factors. Let’s look at the different ways to carve a project and how it effects the carve time. This project board is 12” x 12”, so you have a rough idea. The pattern has a depth […]

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Overhang Signs with Outline Tool

This month I’ll show you the method for creating outlines and cut paths for projects that have patterns that overhang the main body of the design layout. I have received many “How did you do that?” inquiries on the subject, so I decided to write up a tutorial about it using a Fish Camp sign as an […]

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Group & Merge Features in Designer

Adapted from carvebuddy.com’s Tips & Tricks. In this Tips & Tricks I’ll demonstrate the function of the group and merge tools while creating a simple trivet layout. Later, you can apply these techniques to designs of your own. Despite its appearance, this trivet design does not require any special jigging or sled for carving it out. It only […]

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Carving Jigs – Carrier Boards, Sleds and Rails

Adapted from Tips & Tricks by Ken Johnson (DocWheeler). What Is A Carving Jig? A carving jig is a constructed piece that holds your carving material in place while carving. A carving jig should: Hold the material to be carved firmly in position and under the rollers. Have a bottom board that has parallel sides and […]

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Carving Lithophanes

Lithophane’s are some of the most popular things made with the CarveWright System, and one of the easiest to make too!.  Use these tutorial resources to learn how to make these amazing carvings. When you are ready to make your own Lithophanes, purchase the material from the CarveWright online store. In Chapter 2, page 128 […]

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Using the Grid in Designer

You may have noticed in another article or video where there was a grid of “squares” on the board surface. This is a really nice feature to help you layout objects with a degree of precision. The Grid can be viewed/turned on by selecting “View/Toggle Grid Lines” from the Designer menu. By default, the grid […]

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