Side shelf, wine glass holders, and chairs
One of the best things about Kickstarter is the feedback from backers. Now, we have to be careful to filter what we hear. To make sure we are not over-committing ourselves. But you all have had some really good ideas.
Friday I was down at the wood shop (in Jasper, MO) to talk to our woodworkers about what new features we can offer.
Wine Glass Holders
Standard cup holders have a stainless steel pocket that the cup sit in. This can work in a pinch for wine glasses, but it is a little awkward since they are so top heavy.
Thanks to input from your fellow backers, you'll be able to add specialized wine glass holders with a little slot for the stem to slide through and a circle for the bowl to sit on.
They will be the same price as regular cup holders.
Need just a little extra space? We'll be offering a "side shelf".
This shelf will extend your gaming (or writing, or snacking area) by attaching to the long tongue-and-groove attachment point under the arm rest in the middle of the long side of the table.
What do you see yourself using these for the most? How big do they need to be? Offer your feedback in the comments so we can make sure we design the best possible side shelf.
A little more design work needs to be done before we have a final price, but we are estimating they should be similar in price to the wing shelves.
Here's a picture of an early prototype. Please note this is not final. And this chair is obviously not stained and finished. But that is what the general design is going to look like.
I don't have pricing for the chairs yet.
There's a Catch
You will be able to add any of these new accessories to your order in the pledge manager after the campaign.
However, I can't guarantee that these new accessories will ship at the same time as your table. We have set a table production schedule and we are going to do everything we can to hit it. That means that we can't let new ideas (as great as they may be) jeopardize it. This is a common trap that Kickstarters often fall into and we want to make sure we avoid it.
When possible, we will ship these accessories with your table. However, we expect many of these new accessories (wine glass holders, side shelves, and chairs) will need to be shipped after the Kickstarter tables are shipped.
I hope you can appreciate this compromise. It allows us to keep our promise on the table schedule and still offer these extras you have been asking for.
First Jaspers Shipped Yesterday
On Tuesday, the first two Jasper test shipments were shipped. This will provide an early test of the boxes. And the recipients of these tables will be posting their thoughts on the tables in the comments section.
More tables will be shipping by the end of the week.