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12-22-2014, 01:39 PM
I tried a 3" PVC carve in the rotary jig and am quite happy with the results!

Any way to cheat and get a 4" PVC in ? ( Always trying to stretch the limits )


Thanks for looking,

12-22-2014, 02:03 PM
Looks great. I also noticed the base. You did a great job on it too.


12-22-2014, 02:27 PM
Beautiful litho and very nice base and cap piece. Congratulations on great work.

12-22-2014, 03:14 PM
Really nice job, Steve and the base is certainly an added plus. Well done!!

12-22-2014, 03:27 PM
I don't have the CW rotary jig but I have one that I built and only used twice, works ok and I was happy with what I came up with. So is the CW rotary jig a max of 3" dia?

12-22-2014, 04:05 PM
I don't have the CW rotary jig but I have one that I built and only used twice, works ok and I was happy with what I came up with. So is the CW rotary jig a max of 3" dia?

The jig has a max of 4.25" diameter, but a 4" pipe is 4.5".

Smoken D
12-22-2014, 04:24 PM
The PVC really does photos a great job. Came out nice.

12-22-2014, 04:27 PM
Steve that carve looks great. I like the base nice job.

12-22-2014, 04:35 PM
It will take a 3" pipe which the outside diameter 3.5... pipe is measured by outside diameter ... tubing is measured by inside diameter

12-22-2014, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the nice comments ! The Litho was carved on CarveWright but the base was carved on my home built machine. Each machine has a purpose in my shop. I also use Aspire and the base was a modification of a project MT has designed for Aspire users. Modifying his design and applying it to a Litho base gave me a quick fix to meeting the Christmas deadline. I want to make sure MT gets the credit he deserves.

I am quite pleased with the rotary jig and it has opened a few more possibilities for projects.

Happy carving a Merry Christmas to all!


12-22-2014, 06:45 PM
Really nice job Steve. This may have been covered before but do you mind saying what settings you used for the carving?


12-22-2014, 07:23 PM
Really nice job Steve. This may have been covered before but do you mind saying what settings you used for the carving?


I used a depth of .1 for the carve region and the Best setting for the carve. The actual measurement of the depth was around .125 when I measured the finished carve. I want to keep track of my results and track depth and adjust for future carves. I will try going deeper and see what happens.
I hope this helps.


12-22-2014, 08:27 PM
Thanks Steve. That gives me a starting point.


01-24-2015, 09:13 PM
Hi Steve, my name is Diane and I have been trying to do some pictures on the rotary jig. How did you prepare your pictures in order for the outcome to look exactly like an actual picture? Yours are terrific. I'd really appreciate some tips. It has to be in the way you edited the photo. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

01-24-2015, 09:42 PM
Im not steve, but I can tell you what I do.
Firstly it depends on the photo. Some I import and carve with no editing.
once they are in designer and a pattern is made i put them on a .25 thick flat board with the lithopane preview and set the depth to .180 (some pvc is thinner in spots so you may get some thin spots) and look at them.
If they need cleaning up I double click them in the pattern list and edit them in PE, save and try again.
Once I am happy with the preview I load a new rotary project and put the pattern on it.
It won't show up like it will really look on the pvc, that is why you need to look at it on a flat .25 board first.

01-25-2015, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the reply! I'm assuming you loaded a b&w or grayscale photo to begin with? I set my depth to .180, but the carve went right thru the pvc in spots due to the depth variation throughout the photo. We found the pvc wall thickness to vary quite a bit-so we decreased the carve depth-but still had problems. I think a lot of people interested in purchasing the rotary carve for the purpose of carving family photos would greatly appreciate a step by step tutorial how to to exactly achieve the results of the carve at the end of this post. Lots of grandchildren out there!

01-25-2015, 11:12 AM
Are you using schedule 40 pvc?
Michael Tyler has posted on this technique. Do a search for "rotary lithopanes"

01-25-2015, 04:21 PM

here is the link. It is written for flat litho's, but works on rotary also.

01-25-2015, 04:45 PM
I really like the work. Great job. I have yet to try any litho

01-25-2015, 05:49 PM
Great carving on the litho.. can't wait to give it a try.. looks promising,.

01-25-2015, 06:06 PM
It all is very nice. Thanks for tutorial link Brent.

01-25-2015, 08:36 PM
thought I would show the chart for the pipe. I won't take a 4" pipe it's to big the max is 4.25 and a 4" pipe is 4.5

02-19-2015, 05:28 PM
you won't find it in the big box stores, but you can get a 3.5" ID pipe which has a 4" OD. http://www.harvel.com/piping-systems/harvel-pvc-pipe/schedule-40-80/dimensions

02-19-2015, 05:39 PM
a 4" pipe is 4.5

Go figure. Why can't things be the size they say they are? 2x4...1x6, etc.

02-19-2015, 07:38 PM
The 4" PVC is actually 4" - on the inside. That is the Inner Diameter. But the carvewright cares about the Outer Diameter... and with a quarter inch wall thickness, you add right at 1/2" to the listed (inner) diameter to find the outer diameter.

As to lumber, like a 2x4 - when the board is first rough sawn from the log, it is a true 2x4, but the drying process and planing of the board reduce it to the finished 1.5x3.5 size

02-19-2015, 08:00 PM
Iv'e said that all along Connie....lol