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    Default What Every Newbie Should Know

    LHR began selling the CarveWright System in 2006. We and a lot of our early members learned things the hard way. We want you to benefit from our knowledge.

    Please find (& post) in this thread:

    WHAT EVERY NEWBIE SHOULD KNOW:


    I will start it off

    1. READ THE MANUAL!!
    2. DO AT LEAST THE FIRST THREE OF THE FIVE STEP-BY-STEP PROJECT DESIGNS (See ONLINE TOOLS - tutorials - project designer)
    3. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

    I'll let the experts expand on this thread....
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    The first thing I did after reading the Manual -- "Twice"

    When I first unpacked the box, -- I checked the Machine for any missing or broken parts,
    then carefully put all the packing materials back inside the box and saved the box in the garage,
    just in case I needed to return the machine, or if I ever need to ship it to LHR in Texas for repairs.
    Last edited by Kenm810; 01-28-2011 at 07:38 PM.
    Ken


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    After reading the manual a few times and unpacking the machine I made it a daily thing to visit this forum and read just about every post. I've learned so much just from here than I did from the entire manual.

    CarverJerry
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    Get involved in the Forum - learn how it works - understand how to do an effective search for any questions, or potential problems you may be experiencing. Find the time to "root around" on the Forum - a wealth of information can be gleaned just by reading past posts, threads, and looking at projects - both those that worked well, and those that didn't - and why they did or didn't.
    Livin' Life
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    Search engine is your friend. Most all the CW common problems have be addressed over and over.

    Use quotation marks on your search word.

    "example"

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    1. Keep the machine clean.
    2. Add a Dust Collection System - do it, now, trust me.
    3. Get a lighted mirror so you can see inside the QC (assuming you have a QC).
    4. Watch the temp of the Flexshaft - if it feel more than warm to the touch where it curves at the top, you're gonna melt it. Get an infra-red thermometer to help you watch it (they're about $30 at HarborFreight).
    5. Learn the software - spend more time designing and reviewing your projects than carving on the machine. The machine is like a computer - "garbage in, garbage out" - it will only turn out what you design and tell it to turn out.
    6. After you screw up a project (and you will - in fact, more than one) try to learn why it didn't come out the way you planned...don't lay blame...anywhere....if you don't figure it out, you'll only make the same error over and over...you'll get frustrated, and won't be happy with your hobby.
    7. Enjoy the ride, and show off your accomplishments here - we love to see "newbies" have the "light go on".
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    Know ahead of time if your board is going to track properly - especially important on 2 sided carves. Go to option 7 first and measure the board - if 2 sided measure both sides. If it moves thru the machine measuring, it will track ok.
    Clint

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    Four words, Forum, Tips and Tricks! Besides the manual the monthly T&P will show you how to use your CW to finishing your projects and everything in between! The forum is Wikipedia of CW, you can find all the answers you are looking for pertaining to your CW.

    Members to look for answers are Al digitalwoodshop, Askbud, Michael Tyler, mtylerfl, Jerry cnsranch, Ken Kenm810 and the list goes on sorry if I missed your name! Just read all the post in this thread!

    Ike

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    Default Lessons and Links

    My "Download" link, below, has lots of lessons (most in AVI format) and links to many other sources of information.
    AskBud
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    AskBud Home Page =>> CLICK HERE <<=PC lessons or CW lessons

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    When in doubt, add a strip of blue painters tape to the bottom edge of the board that will track on the brass wheel. On support boards or sleds don't forget to renew that strip of tape occasionally as they do get roughed up and will not track properly. Tape is cheap, wood is not.
    I prefer blue to regular masking tape as it comes off clean leaving nothing to mess up a finish coating or stain.
    Fair winds,

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