Although the CarveWright system was designed to securely hold and track a board while carving, carrier boards, or jigs, as they are usually referred to, are used in an effort to minimize waste of expensive wood. Jigs can be built to “stay under rollers” all the time, making tracking and head positioning more consistent. Jigs are especially useful as they can provide a smoother tracking surface for carving boards that may not be ideally suited for the machine, such as slices from a tree trunk, or wood that would lose its character if it were planed & squared.
CarveWright firmware version 2.005 introduced a new feature for double-sided carves. Previously, double-sided projects did not work well with jigs, because they require the entire board to be flipped along the board’s width. In this case, most users split projects in two – the front, and the rear. With this software release, the jig can now be accounted for when a board is flipped.
Previously, the firmware would calculate the position of the board after a flip, based on the dimensions of the board on the first side. This new feature requires the user to jog to position on both the front and back side of the board. No calculation is performed.