CNC Routers

Computer numerical control (CNC) is a computer "controller" that reads G-code and M-code commands and drives a machine tool by numerically interpolating the points along a cutting tool's toolpath and directing the servomechanisms that translate the data into movement.

Small metal cutting CNC lathes and mills have been available to the home hobbiest for several years, CNC routers have finally become an option for the home woodworker. Small relatively inexpensive machines with fairly easy to use software are now available. CAD experience is not necessary, but is definitely an asset when it comes to more intricate work.

The CarveWright is available for under $2000 and if you have a recent PC or Mac home computer it is ready to go out of the box. You install the supplied software on your computer, programme your project to a memory card, then take the card to your shop and insert it into the machine. An interesting accessory for the CareWright is the Scanning Probe that plugs into the machine to duplicate an object.It is debatable if the belt system used for lateral movement is a feature, longer work surface, or a flaw, possible movement of material.

The Shark comes in two models, starting at over $2000 they are not cheap, but you get a lot of machine for your money. Companies have actually bought them for design purposes and then decided to use them for production as well. Software is included with the machine, certain other programmes will also work with it, you will have to supply a router and have a USB 2 capable PC in the shop to use the machine. As with most machinery as the cost increases so does the performance, in this case you are getting a machine where the head moves in all three axis while the material is fastened to base.


In 1919 Oscar Onsrud and son Rudy built the first router, it was an air turbine powered machine. In 1928 they patented and over arm pin router that revolutionized woodworking factories.

The CarveWright


The CarveWright has a small 18 X 26 inch footprint, and is capable of working 14 1/2 inch wide X 5" high stock up to about 12 feet long.

The machine is programmed through a memory card with its own onboard computer so it is not necessary to have a computer in your shop.

An easy to use software program is included with the machine and is both PC and Mac compatable.







The Shark

CNC Shark Routing System
Now includes slotted MDF table as shown! Bring the speed and precision of computer-controlled machinery to your shop with this top value CNC system! With a table measuring 15-3/4" x 31-1/2" it s ideally suited for carvings and machining operations on a large variety of signs, doors and other small projects. It boasts impressive power, speed, accuracy, and ease of use. With its robust steel and high-density poly-ethylene construction, it can take accidental impacts that would normally damage or destroy an aluminum or MDF machine. Optional Clamping Table features two hold-down slots for securing work anywhere along the length of the table. Compatible with the Bosch Colt Palm Router. Includes VCarve Pro software interface  a $500 value. You supply a computer with USB port, a Bosch Colt router, and a table top (router and table top also available sold separately). You connect the USB cable to the controller box and the other end to your computer. Visit a store near you for a live Demo!

CNC Shark Routing System

CNC Shark Routing System

CNC Shark Pro Plus Heavy Duty Routing System
For a limited time only, purchase this CNC Heavy-Duty Pro Plus Shark Routing System and get a FREE 1617EVSTB Router! ($240 Value!) --- The CNC Shark Pro Plus™ HD is reinforced to handle larger sized routers. You'll get the speed and precision of computer-controlled machinery for way less than typical machines! With a table measuring 28-1/2'' x 36'', the CNC Shark Pro Plus™ HD is ideally suited for carvings and machining operations on a large variety of signs, doors and other small projects made from wood, soft metals or plastics. It boasts impressive power, speed, accuracy, and ease of use. With its aluminum and high-density poly-ethylene construction, it can take accidental impacts that would could damage a machine made from MDF. Simply supply a PC computer with USB 2.0 port and any of the Routers listed below, connect the USB cable to the controller box and load the VCarve Pro software (sorry not compatible with Mac computers). Made in USA. Rockler is the exclusive distributor of this item in the United States. CNC Shark Pro Plus HD is fully compatible with the following routers (sold separately): Bosch 1617 & 1618 Porter Cable 890 series Porter Cable 690 series (6902VS must be manually started) Dewalt 610, 616, 618 Please note: This item can only be shipped within the 48 Continental United States and Canada. Introducing CNCSharkTalk.com, a new website presented by Rockler where CNC Shark and CNC Shark Pro users can chat together, watch how-to videos, ask questions, learn from each other and even show off their CNC Shark projects. Now online - visit today!

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CNC Shark Pro Plus Heavy Duty Routing System


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