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By Ethan Myerson
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About this project

Overview

The Brick Table is an innovative new way to put away Lego bricks, Mega Blocks, or other small-part building toys. With the Brick Table, you can dump out a bin of parts, find the one you need, and in seconds have all the other pieces put back into the bin. It's quick and simple.

Early prototype of The Brick Table
Early prototype of The Brick Table

I'm a dad of two young boys. In our house, we're building something out of Lego bricks nearly every day. Since building the prototype of The Brick Table, we've seen the piles of Lego pieces move from the floor back into their sorted bins. And that makes the pieces so much easier to find for the next build. Because I've seen how great The Brick Table has been in our home, I want to get it into production and out into more homes.

Your contribution to this campaign will enable us to work with a manufacturer to produce these tables at a higher quality and lower cost than I could do alone. At the end of the campaign, we'll have raised sufficient funds to produce inventory to sell directly through our website, to shop The Brick Table to various toy stores, and to bring it to the annual Toy Industry Association Toy Fair Expo in New York.

Shop drawings of The Brick Table
Shop drawings of The Brick Table

As I mentioned, we've been using a prototype of the Brick Table in our home for a few months, and it's great. The table works by pulling out a slide-out tray to dump all the unneeded pieces into a hopper, where they get funneled back into their bin. The table has undergone a few design changes since the "Mark I" prototype was built. The final design includes a tray to hold the "keepers", and a flexible funnel to accommodate a wider range of bin sizes and styles. The whole table is about 24 inches by 24 inches, by 18 inches high. Just the right size for smaller users, but not too small for parents to be able to help as well.

We're committed to having the Brick Table proudly made in the USA, with responsibly sourced real wood.

Timeline

We've already started the process of making The Brick Table a reality. We're working with a local (Tucson, Arizona) woodworking shop to refine the design and make the product easier to build, ship, and use. Once this project is funded, we'll be able to order a complete set of 100 Brick Tables. Our manufacturer will be able to produce that first set in just a few weeks.

Concurrent with the woodworking will be for us to produce the hoppers that funnel your pieces back into their bins. We have already sourced an option for that work. During the funding campaign, we will find some more sourcing options, and by the time the campaign is finished in 30 days, we'll know who will produce that work and will contract for 100 hoppers to go with our 100 tables.

The next step will be to get the related packaging all squared away. This includes the packaging, and the printed product insert. Printing is quick and easy. Again, we have several local options for that work. Because the names of our funding partners will be going on the inserts, we can't print until we know who's in. Printing and packaging should be squared away completely by mid-October.

And then, all that's left is to have UPS, FedEx, or the USPS come by, pick up the boxes, and get them to you - our funding partners!

Risks and challenges

This project is kind of like building a Lego set - you've got to have all the right pieces in place for it to come out right. We've started that process by building a few prototypes in the home garage. Those taught us some of what works, and what does not. The next step was to find the right manufacturer for the project. After some looking, we met Peter, a woodworking shop owner right here in our hometown of Tucson, Arizona. His design and woodworking expertise have been invaluable.

Of course, we're hopeful that there will be no production delays, but if there are, we should be able to handle them. Peter has years of production and design experience that will help us navigate the manufacturing process. One potential snag in any manufacturing process is the materials pipeline. We have several sourcing options for lumber and hardware, so we should be able to source everything we need even if our main suppliers have unexpected delays.

We have built some extra time into the delivery timelines to allow for the unexpected. We'll be sure to communicate with you every step of the way with photos of the production process, updates on the progress, and any changes or news that should come up along the way.

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    Thanks!

    Thank you for your part in making The Brick Table a reality.

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    Your name will be included on the "Special Thanks" section of the instruction sheet included with The Brick Table.

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    Personal Thanks!

    All of the above, PLUS a hand written thank you note, thanking you for your valuable contribution to making The Brick Table a reality.

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    T-Shirt! All of the above PLUS an official Brick Table t-shirt.

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    Storage bins - All of the above PLUS a pair of storage bins customized with the Brick Table logo. Perfect for storing your small-part building toy pieces.

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    Get your own Brick Table! Building is more fun when you don't have to clean up. Backing at this level, you will be among the first to have a Brick Table, even before they're available in stores.

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    Upgraded Brick Table! Get your own Brick Table, in your choice of wood, finish, and style. PLUS all of the previous rewards (Special Thanks,Thank You Card, Limited Edition Print, Storage Bins and T-Shirt) PLUS a special shout-out (tweet, email, facebook update, or email) from the floor of the NY Toy Fair!

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    The Brick Table Gold Founder!

    Get your own upgraded Brick Table, PLUS all of the previous rewards (Special Thanks,Thank You Card, Limited Edition Print, Storage Bins, and T-Shirt) PLUS a specially engraved custom nameplate for your upgraded Brick Table.

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Funding period

- (30 days)