Copy Carver

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  1. osueric27

    osueric27 Member

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

    Eric
     
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    Is there something better that you are using or have seen?
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
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    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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    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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    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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    I have a Marlin, but when I get the time, I will probably build something like Roman's!:slash::fingersx::dude:


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


    Frank
     
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    What does Roman's Carver look like, Mr Briggs? Thanks.
     
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    Thanks Bill! :thumb:
     
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    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....

    [​IMG]
     

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