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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Bit Optimization Tool

Bit Optimization Using the “Bit Optimization” feature in Designer can make a dramatic difference in how well your carvings turn out. Most often, choosing “Bit Optimization – BEST” will yield cleaner, more defined detail in your carving projects. Bit Optimization sets the limit with which the bit carves into tight areas to preserve the top […]

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Backing-Up Your Favorites Folder

Backing-Up Your Favorites Folder It’s always a good idea to back-up important files so that you can recover from “unexpected events” concerning your computer. We can’t even count the times we’ve had customers call in after their computer crashed and they lost all the patterns they spent hours making themselves.  All those patterns that you create […]

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