About this project
About The Hex Chests
Hello! If you've watched our video, this part might sound familiar. We're Quentin and Dan, and we started making Hex Chests as stylish, personalized gifts for our friends to hold sets of Dungeons and Dragons dice. One day, Quentin's girlfriend shared our work online. After generous feedback and requests from the Reddit community, we decided to use Kickstarter to help get us up and running at scale.
Hex chests come in "Beehive" and "Open" styles to store whatever it is you love most that fits in a 3-inch hexagonal box. We dedicate the same patience, care, and tenderness to our expanded process that we did for our friends. First, we hand-pick the lumber at a local yard, then carefully sand, polish, and finish the wood until it shines. We craft the basic shape on a CNC router, and finish them by hand to give them just the right mix of precision and art that you deserve.
There are loads of details and features that make these lovely boxes a pleasure to hold and to use. Every edge is rounded and smooth, so there are no sharp corners and the boxes feel like river-smoothed pebbles in your hand. We add foam lining in the lid to keep your dice cozy and quiet while you walk. We use neodymium magnets on the top and bottom keep the chests snugly together, and finally we add an oil finish to keeps Hex Chests gleaming.
All "Holiday" tier options will be available for shipping before (you guessed it) the first week of December. Post-holiday tiers will ship early 2015.
For information about international shipping and ordering multiple boxes please check the FAQ. We update periodically so stay tuned!
Hex Chest Wood Choices
We are offering the Hex Chest in a variety of woods that lend unique colors and styles to every box. Each wood plank is hand-picked by our in-house lumber semi-experts (us), and then sanded to a high finish to make them stand out.
ADVENTURER LEVEL WOODS:
CHAMPION LEVEL WOODS:
HERO LEVEL WOODS:
Dan's favorite is the Redheart because the color and grain of the wood are so vibrant. Quentin's favorite is the Bloodwood because it has an enchanting tiger-eye effect along with beautiful grain and color.
Hex Chest Laser Engraving Options
We think it's important that Hex Chests feel personal and unique, so we're offering an array of laser-etching options to make the box truly your own. As the Kickstarter progresses, we'll add additional patterns, and there's even an option for backers to add their own designs to the mix. Here's the rundown:
Accent Laser Engraving
Box borders are a great accent for your Hex Chest. These are especially effective for highlighting woods with super grain, like the birdseye maple, lacewood, and aromatic cedar. We currently offer 4 elegant borders and may offer additional options depending on your feedback.
Premium Laser Engraving
We are offering a handful of different options for the premium laser etching options. First we engrave the lid with a class icon (shown) that speaks to you. (You may also choose one of the borders above.) As the Kickstarter continues we'll add box-top designs, including some custom patterns we've developed ourselves and zodiac signs from both eastern and western traditions.
NEW ART! (10/4) - More images for Premium Laser Etching
NEW(er) ART! (10/19) - Zodiac Symbols for Premium Laser Etching
NEW(est) ART! (10/26) - More art for Premium Laser Etching
Some of you have been asking for monograms, so we will be offering monograms on the top without a border in Caslon Calligraphy.
In addition to the extended box-top options, Premium Laser Engraving comes with the option to laser engrave one side panel. Side-panel lasering may include of one of our insignias or custom text (15 or fewer characters), with the option to convert the text to elvish (we use feanorian/tengwar lettering and do one-to-one replacement as faithfully as possible).
Fully Personalized Laser Engraving
We'll work closely with a select few backers who opt for the fully personalized laser engraving approach of the Legend tier. If you provide us with a 2 dimensional vector outline, we'll engrave it in the style of your choice. If you choose, we'll make your unique, awesome pattern available as a standard option for future backers, or you have the option to keep it just for yourself. Backers who choose this tier will have substantial back-and-forth with us on getting the pattern just right and in proper shape to be etched into your box. We reserve the right to keep private any lids we deem offensive or in violation of the law. No copyrighted materials, please!
We got a lot of feedback already asking about dimensions, so we wanted to answer for everyone! These boxes were designed for 3/4" (19mm) dice, although they can fit up to 21mm dice.
What else fits?
Here are some additional pictures to give you an idea of the size and utility of the Hex Chests!
For the nitty-gritty details, read on!
Each box is 1.125" tall - the bottom is 0.75" tall and the top is 0.5" tall with 0.125" overlap.
The interior is 0.875" tall and should very comfortably fit 3/4" (19mm) dice.
Risks and challenges
The success of this project depends on being able to make attractive boxes for the gaming community. Fortunately, we've had plenty of experience making these as personalized gifts for our gaming groups, and we're excited to scale up our process to deliver the same to you.
We have the tools, time, and dedication needed to make them, and with the help of kickstarter we'll be able to branch out into making products to satisfy the community for years to come. Funding will go toward purchasing raw materials, better tools, and workshop space to hone and streamline our process.
We feel confident that our first 1000 orders, marked as "holiday" in our tiers, will ship no later than the beginning of December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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