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Unread 06-21-2009, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Copy Carver

Has anyone purchased the plans for this and actually built one? I found this the other day and for $26 itmay be a good idea.

Copy Carver the woodcarvers copy machine
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Unread 06-21-2009, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Copy Carver

I purchased the plans, and built the carver. It works extreamly well!
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I bought the plans but never got around to building it. I ended up buying a Marlin and later, a Carvewright.
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Re: Copy Carver

I bought them and used it with great results.
You can modify the plans to make it more rigid.
If it were not such a beast to ship I would send you mine for the cost of the parts.
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Re: Copy Carver

I'll dig around for my unopened set of plans. I have Marlins(one in rebuild) now. O'L
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I purchased the plans, and built the carver. It works extreamly well!
It seems fairly easy to build, what is your take on building it and are tere any gotcha?

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I bought them and used it with great results.
You can modify the plans to make it more rigid.
If it were not such a beast to ship I would send you mine for the cost of the parts.
Is there something better that you are using or have seen?
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Re: Copy Carver

Eric--everything I heard about them before I bought the plans was positive. It is a huge unit if you want to do a full range of bodies. It definitely cheap and practical if you have space.O'L
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Re: Copy Carver

The Marlins are more rigid. you could use the concept and built one out of CNC parts available on Ebay. Naturally it will still be a manually operated machine but the guide bearings and rails will make it much smoother.
The plans as they are will do a coarse carve that you will finish by hand sanding.
A more rigid machine will get you closer to the finished product but will still require some sanding.
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Re: Copy Carver

Thanks for the info all. I am going to read through the plans more in depth to see where I can make it more rigid.
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Re: Copy Carver

I use the carvewright to do my shaping for tops necks and fingerboards, a good mini CNC for the small shop.

Here is image of the crown inlay "off ebay" cutouts on a nice pre ban rosewood fingerboard.

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Re: Copy Carver

I don't know how much the Marlin duplicators cost, but I had maybe $200 in the copy carver I built. It was super easy to build and it does everything I need. Those Carvewrights are cool, but they are expensive little buggers.($2000 +/-)

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Re: Copy Carver

The carvewrights are expensive. They also require you to learn the machine inside and out. Most repairs are done by the owners. Getting factory service could be very slow.
One of the many great things about them is that they are plug and play. You don't have to stand over it for a couple of hours pulling a stylus across a master.
The copy carver will get you very close to where you want to be with a lot less expense and maintainance if you don't mind the noise and the time.
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Re: Copy Carver

i think i will buy these plans and build the copy carver. could be a great time saver in the future...
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Re: Copy Carver

I have a Marlin, but when I get the time, I will probably build something like Roman's!


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Re: Copy Carver

I have a Marlin that's collecting dust, in case anyone's interested.


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What does Roman's Carver look like, Mr Briggs? Thanks.
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Re: Copy Carver

You can see Roman's carver in this thread.
http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luth...tml#post117480
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Thanks Bill!
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Re: Copy Carver

Roman's looks very close to what Dave Johnson uses, which you can make out in the lower left of this shop photo on Dave's site....

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Thanks for the extra pic, Big John.
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Re: Copy Carver

I think if you use lesser bearings, you will need a stiffer structure to make up for it. That one above has long bearing blocks to ride on so it isn't going to be likely to twist and bind on you.
The concept behind it is very simple (think of a key duplicator) Basic structure is easy to build without plans. I would put the money for the plans towards better parts.
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Re: Copy Carver

I have found box loads of rails and all kinds of guide bearings and bushings on ebay.
I buy THK because I am familiar with their quality, there might be some other brands that are just as good.
80/20® Inc. - The Industrial Erector Set® makes excellent structural parts that can be found cheaper on ebay.
I have used this stuff for copy carvers as well as CNC machines.
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Man theres not much to these parts wise. But it looks solid.
Duplicating Carving Machine with table LAST PRICE DROP! - eBay (item 150403070175 end time Jan-15-10 18:49:29 PST)
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Re: Copy Carver

i'm building the copy carver...

waiting on a few parts, but here is what i have so far...

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^^^ Wow, you sure don't waste any time, do you?
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^^^ Wow, you sure don't waste any time, do you?
not at all... life is too short to waste time











the counter balancing... the plans called for 10-15 lbs... 10 works perfect on this unit. makes moving the stylus almost effortless...




total build cost is gonna come in right around $450...
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Re: Copy Carver

Dust collection hose and really, really good hearing protection is a must when being in such close proximity to a very loud process that could take 1-1/2 hrs per top.
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Dust collection hose and really, really good hearing protection is a must when being in such close proximity to a very loud process that could take 1-1/2 hrs per top.
dust collection hose - check
ear plugs - check

1-1/2 hours for real ???
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^^^ Wow, you sure don't waste any time, do you?
Seriously!! You are fast! I don't think it will take over an hour to do a top. Maybe 45 minutes (+/-).
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