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Shawn DavisBy Shawn Davis
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Shawn DavisBy Shawn Davis
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$1,711
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 24 2018 5:00 AM UTC +00:00.

What is a prototype?

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About

Dice Towers?

Hardwood dice towers have been around for a long time.  They are wonderful for keeping dice from rolling across the game board, shifting game pieces, disrupting the game!  For miniatures gamers, and Role Playing game participants, a TbD Dice Tower can keep your dice under control, preventing them from rolling off of your table, and under your furniture!  A TbD Dice Tower will also prevent the dice from crashing into your hand-painted miniature work-of-art figures, knocking them over, into other figures, scratching and chipping your beautiful paint work.

Why does anyone need a Dice Tower?

If your game rules call for multiples, or even hand-full's of dice to be rolled at once, the situation can become a problem.  Rolling a fistful of dice on the tabletop, can lead to many issues, in a critical point in the game.  A TbD Dice Tower can prevent these issues.

Rolling dice on the tabletop may also cause issues if the surface is not smooth, and firm:  dice may sink their edges into the soft surface, without presenting a valid random number!  Some players like to try to roll their dice in a certain way, so as to influence the result -- perhaps with genuine results!  With four, highly reactive, internal baffles, a TbD Dice Tower guarantees truly random rolls.

Are your dice truly random?

By using TbD's Dice Towers, you are guaranteed truly random results:  the baffles in the Towers are made of the same hardwood material as the rest of the Tower; the reactive baffles cause the dice to bounce, and spin, with each impact, on each baffle!  No matter what the type of die is (tested with d4's, d6's, all the way up to d30's), we determined that the best results were given by lining the Trays with quality, smooth-finished, leather.  Its surface allows the dice to bounce, and roll to a stop, creating a possible 5th baffle -- the Tray itself!  You don't need to spend money on precision dice, with sharp corners...  Your tumbled dice, with rounded corners, will roll completely random numbers, due to our innovative, hardwood, re-active baffles design.

Whether you roll a single die, or a handful of dice through our TbD Dice Towers, you will hear the distinct clatter of the dice, as they randomly bounce their way through our baffle system, and out into our leather-covered Tray bottoms. When multiple dice are rolled at once, the noise is pleasant, and busy, piquing the interest and excitement of all, to see what the results are! When you pick your dice up, out of our Trays, you will feel the cool, soft, suppleness of the gorgeous leather. The quality of our Towers and Trays will do more than look impressive (which they do!), they will guarantee completely random results, on every single die which rolls through them. This is how dice rolling is meant to be!

Quality and Design

Only the best hardwoods are hand selected, cut to size, glued with permanent, high-strength, wood glue, forming joins stronger than the wood itself!  The woods selected are meticulously cut to specifications created by our Master Carpenter himself, Mr. Shawn Davis.

Corners are rounded, to make it more user friendly, and visually appealing.  The beautiful wood is finally clear-coated, with five layers, sanded in between each layer. The Trays are made of wood from the same pieces as the Tower, ensuring a match in grain quality, and patterns.

Each Dice Tower is beautiful, as delivered.  However, please consider your Dice Tower to be a blank canvas which you can add your own, personal artwork to, as desired:  paint images upon them; add decals, or stickers; personalize them with a wood-burning tool, or a router...  Or leave them as they are.  They are your's to appreciate as you please.

Each Tray comes with an MDF bottom, which is covered with premium leather of a complementary color:  Mid-Summer Green, Baron's Burgundy, or Nightshade Black; see the individual Rewards listings for the leather color chosen for the tower of your dreams.  Your dice will land in a smooth, luxurious, leather tray, bouncing to a smooth stop.

Note that all Dice Tower rewards come with a hardwood face on the Towers.  The acrylic-faced Tower shown in the videos was built for demonstration purposes only.  The acrylic panel scratches easily, with plastic dice tumbling through it; it would very quickly fog over, becoming unsightly.  For this reason, we will not make such a Tower for our customers (tempered, shatter-proof, glass would be heavy, add to the production costs, and it would be challenging to permanently attach -- not worthwhile).

These Dice Towers and Trays are built in the USA.  All materials are sourced from vendors within 60 miles of the Tables By Davis Shop, cut, and assembled, by Master Carpenter Shawn Davis.  

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Dice Towers and Trays are consistent, no matter the wood. Each Tower measures: 2-7/8" deep, by 3-7/8" wide, by 8" tall. The Tray dimensions are: 1-1/2" deep, by 4-3/4" wide, by 8-7/8" long. All measurements are made on the outside. The Towers store inside of their Trays, for easy, and safe, transport from one gaming table, to another.

Metal Dice not recommended...

Metal dice are not recommended for long-term use in any wooden Dice Tower, regardless of the hardness of the wood chosen.  While the woods used by TbD range on the Janka Hardness Scale from Mahogany, at 800, to Bloodwood, at 2,900, metal dice will eventually dent, and chip, the internal baffles of the Tower.  Occasional use is fine, but more than that is not recommended.

All 180 domestic wood Dice Towers are complete, boxed, and ready to ship!

Unlike most KickStarters, the domestic wood Dice Towers (Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Oak, and Hickory) have already been produced!  They are ready to be shipped, as soon as the money is issued by KickStarter!  TbD will begin shipping your domestic wood rewards to you, by USPS Priority Mail within two weeks of the funds being received!

The 70 premium exotic wood rewards (Zebrawood, Padauk, Bubinga, Purpleheart, and Bloodwood) will be made-to-order.  TbD will work quickly to produce these high-level rewards, and USPS Priority Mail ship them to you within eight (8) weeks of the funds being received from the folks at KickStarter!  We will not make you wait a long time for your reward to arrive at your mail box; this KickStarter will be fulfilled within eight weeks of closing, with shipment being completed by the end of 10 weeks.  TbD puts the customer's satisfaction, first.

Where will success take TbD?

This KickStarter is intended to generate capital for TbD, in preparation for, the next KickStarter: solid hardwood Dice Trays, followed by our third Kickstarter, featuring hardwood Gaming Tables! Our goal is to launch a second KickStarter, later this year, We hope to begin preparation for our third Kickstarter, early in 2019. Heirloom quality can be affordable, and within your budget. Let TbD show you how. Visit our website for more information on our heirloom products: www.TablesByDavis.com.

Gen Con 2019:

Come visit us! Our plan is to be present at Gen Con 2019, with our hardwood Gaming Tables, Dice Towers, and Dice Trays. Help us achieve our goal, and we will see you in Indianapolis, in 2019! Cheers!

Risks and challenges

The 180 domestic wood varieties of the Dice Towers and Trays are already built, clear-coated, boxed, and ready to ship! These will begin shipping as soon as the money from the KS is deposited into Tables By Davis LLC's (TbD's) bank account! Supporters of the domestic wood Dice Towers should begin receiving their Towers and Trays within three weeks of the KS closing!

The jigs for building the exotic wood Dice Towers and Trays, are made. The process has been honed, and refined, building the 180 domestic wood models, which are ready to ship. Due to the expense of the exotic woods, TbD must build these to order, after the KS closes, so we know exactly how many to build for you, our supporters. The exotic wood Dice Towers and Trays are fully expected to be ready for delivery within eight (8) weeks of the closing of the KS campaign.

Tables by Davis LLC is owned and operated by Shawn Davis, an extraordinary Carpenter, with 16 years of professional experience building custom hard wood furniture products of all types. It is our pleasure to serve our Supporters in this KickStarter. Thank you!

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    Heart of Oak

    Beautiful, majestic, withstanding the test of time, for centuries! The Heart of this Oak will teach your dice to respect their elders, as they tumble through the ages it took to create this masterpiece! Classic! You can't go wrong with the Heart of Oak.

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, White Oak Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,360). The White Oak is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Mid-Summer Green, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Leatherneck Hickory

    Hard, with the smell of seasoned Leather. Hickory takes no attitude, but its own! Your dice will rue the day they ever tumbled down Ol' Leatherneck's gullet!

    This is our premier, 'standard', wood. It's grain is variable: some will be light, some will be dark, some will be a stunning mixture of light and dark, in beautiful patterns. It is supremely hard, yet it reacts to impacts of dice with bounce. Hickory is the very best of all wood qualities, for a very reasonable reward level!

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Hickory Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,820). The Hickory is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Baron's Burgundy, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Hard Midnight Maple

    "Come play with me," Midnight Maple beckons. Momma warned you that nothing good ever comes out at Midnight. But you never listened, did you?...

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Hard Maple Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 950). The Hard Maple is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Sweet Cherry

    The sweetness of Cherry will lull your enemies into a relaxed state, dropping their guard... Then your dice will erupt from the heart of these hardened baffles, to reveal that Sweet-ness is only skin-deep, but the hard pit lies deep in the belly of this beast!

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, hard Cherry Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 950). The hard Cherry Wood is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Baron's Burgundy, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Paradise Padauck

    Fiery orange-red, full of heat -- for your enemies! Your dice will clatter with energy through the red-hot baffles, to reveal the numbers belched out of its earthy, wooden core!

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Padauck Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,970). The Padauck is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Dracula's Bloodwood

    Cold, calculating, with the patience of centuries, an extremely hardened heart, and a flair for the finer elements the world has to offer -- if this is you, then you have found the Bloodwood you've been dreaming of...

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Bloodwood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: *2,900* -- the hardest wood we offer). The Bloodwood is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Mahogany of Mine

    If your countenance is swarthy, and you like a little mischief, and mystery, particularly as you roll your dice, then Mahogany of Mine is the right choice for you!

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Mahogany Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 800). The Mahogany is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Purpleheart Warrior

    If your heart is firmly set, and you will not be moved by any challenge, because your will is hardened against all comers, then this is the Dice Tower for you!

    Purpleheart is the 2nd hardest wood we offer. You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Purpleheart Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 2,520). The Purpleheart wood is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Wild Zebra

    The contrasting light, and dark stripes of this exotic wood, from the distant continent of Africa, calls to everyone. It is not tame, and neither will be the results of dice rolled in its wildly reactive baffles!

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Zebra Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,830). The Zebra is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Blackbeard's Walnut

    If you have the black heart of a pirate, then this wood is for you! It is dark, mysterious, and full of mayhem!...

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Black Walnut Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,010). The Black Walnut is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Baron's Burgundy, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Bombshell Babinga

    Wait until you hold this 'Bombshell' in your own two hands! TbD will not be responsible for what happens to your dice falling through these baffles. Your dice are on their own! Do they have the courage to face Babinga, Baby?...

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Babinga Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 2,410). The Babinga is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Nightshade Black, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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    Whispering Wenge

    This is our most exotic wood. It is dark, and mysterious. Whispering Wenge is truly something to behold.
    It is rare, and precious, and excitingly beautiful...

    You will receive a single, heirloom quality, Wenge Wood Dice Tower and Tray (Janka Hardness: 1,930). The Wenge is clear-coated for lasting protection; the durable MDF tray bottom is covered in Saddle Brown, smooth-finished leather -- conditioning with Mink Oil required, to keep it soft, and supple, once per year for most climates; more frequent Mink Oil applications required in arid climates.

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