We are creating a space for local artisans and entrepreneurs as well as hobbyists and homeowners to come, dream, and create.
What is Bench?
We, at Bench, are working to create a co-operative workspace for trades like wood and metal working. We want to create a shared workshop for local craftsmen and give hobbyists, or as we like to call them Weekend Warriors, a chance to learn and improve their skilled while working on their own projects.
Who will benefit?
Bench helps artisans, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and homeowners. Basically anyone who wants to work with their hands. But in turn benefitting this group will help our community by growing our local economy, improving neighborhoods, and teaching skills to some who would otherwise not have them.
Who are you?
Ben is the founder of Omaha based PhilipDesignLab, a furniture company he started out of his garage. He understands the struggles entrepreneurs like him face, such as; inadequate shop space, lack of exposure to the local market, and a lack of assistance in both design and creation.
While not a professional craftsman, often finds himself taking on home projects with a DI ambition and finding a need for appropriate workspace, tools, and professional advise. As a designer and strategist, Nicholas is looking for ways to provide resources to professionals and non-professionals looking for a creative workspace.
What is the money for?
It takes a lot to get this set up initially, the money we earn will go toward additional shop equipment and workbenches. A lot of the tools will be donated by PhilipDesignLab however in order for this to be a space many people can use we will have to get some additional tools, and lots of benches!
What are the Rewards?
All of the rewards are listed to the right but a couple could use some more explanation.
The Live Edge Coasters is a set of four cross sections from fallen branches approximately 3.5-4 inches round. These are finished with a danish oil finish that is easy to reapply if they ever need it.
Bench T-Shirts are a great way to show your support for this colaborative workspace!
The Sundial Bike Stand is a floor stand that holds your bike by it back wheel. These come in your choice of Ash or Walnut. It is a neat, simple way to store your Bike. Please specify tire size.
Tree Branch Wall Hooks, this is a set of 4 beautiful, unique wall hooks made from fallen tree branches. You can choose natural or white.
The C-table is a handmade end table from PhilipDesignLab with a cantilevered top, perfect for creating a workspace at your favorite arm chair or couch. It is made from at least 60% repurposed wood and comes in tow different two-tone options, a dark (typically walnut) frame with a light (typically ash or maple) top or a light (typically ash) frame with a dark (typically walnut) top.
Bike Parking, This is the bike rack Greenstreet Cycles uses for their customers and employees. It can be set on the floor and easily mobile or mounted three feet of the floor to reduce the footprint of the bikes. Either way it looks sharp and will be appreciated by anyone commuting on two wheels.
Handsome Work Table. This handsome, minimalist table will make a great desk, dinner table, even a work bench. And it will remind your customers that you helped make Bench a reality! W.60" D.30" H.30"
Founders Club Membership will allow you full access to The Workshop and Recognition as a member who helped create and launch Bench. You also will get this great looking and very practical carpenters apron.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Thanks for helping make Bench a reality. You will recieve a special facebook and twitter "Thank You" message from Bench.Estimated delivery:
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You will get unlimited high-fives, handshakes, and hugs, when we see you. You will also get a special facebook and twitter thank you.Estimated delivery:
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You will recieve a set of four Live Edge Coasters. For shipping in the US or Canada add $5.Estimated delivery:
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You will receive a Bench T Shirt, printed in Omaha, to show your support for our project!Estimated delivery:
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Free project consultation. Ben will help you design your next project, and can even price and source materials and give hands on training or assistance if needed. If you are not in Omaha we can "meet" remotely via factime, skype, phone and/or prerecorded video. Just let us know what works best for you. 3 hour limit.Estimated delivery:
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You get a sundial bike stand from PhilipDesignLab. Its simple and good-looking place to park you bike. OR a set of four tree branch wall hooks, choose white or natural) For shipping in the US or canada add $10.Estimated delivery:
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Your company's name and web address will be permanently displayed on our "Sponsors" wall. Free advertising, FOREVER!Estimated delivery:
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You and your company are helping make this dream a reality we want to remember you. So your company name will be put on our "Sponsors Wall" in the workshop, free advertising, FOREVER! Also, you will get a bike stand that holds up to three bikes. Everyone loves indoor bike parking!Estimated delivery:
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You will receive a handmade C-table, choose from two different color options. Local pick-up is preferred, for shipping in the US or Canada please add $50.Estimated delivery:
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You (plus one guest) will get to have dinner before the grand opening party, with the "Gentlemen in Charge" of Bench. You also get a VIP invitation (plus one) to the party. Also, we will post a photo of you and a personal thank you to you on our website.Estimated delivery:
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You will receive a Handsome Work Table Made by PhilipDesignLab. We will also put your name or your company name, and URL, on the Sponsor's Wall to show our clients that you helped make Bench a reality! Additional Fee for shipping may apply.Estimated delivery:
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You will join an elite group of Founders Club Members. For a year you will have full access to Bench and all its amenities (during regular business hours.) We will recognize you as a Member of our Founders Club, and you will even receive a "Founders Club" carpenters apron! That is the cost of 16 day passes, annual BenchMate memberships normally run for $4800 per year.Estimated delivery:
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You get to use our space for your own private party.Estimated delivery:
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