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Tim Del GrecoBy Tim Del Greco
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Tim Del GrecoBy Tim Del Greco
First created
CA$ 1,332
pledged of CA$ 20,000pledged of CA$ 20,000 goal
12
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 2 2013 11:20 PM UTC +00:00

About

ROYAL checker board is the worlds first checker board set constructed entirely out of aluminum, anodized black, and then laser engraved to complete the square pattern.  It's a simple and modern design to a classic game.

Introducing ROYAL CHECKERS

My name is Tim and I am the creator of ROYAL checker boards. I am a mechanical engineer from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

My goal here was to create a checkers set that had not only functionality, but also a set that is very visually appealing to the eye. It had to be simple, yet modern with clean lines. It had to be a product that you would be proud of to keep on display in your home. A product that you wouldn't keep hidden in storage when not in use.

This ultimately led to selecting 6061 aluminum as the choice material.

Manufacturing Process

The board is cut from a sheet of aluminum plate using high pressure water, leaving a great finish with no burn marks. From there, it is linear brushed with a large belt sander to give it a brushed surface texture. Once complete, the board is put on a rack and then dipped and anodized black in color. The last process is laser engraving which removes the black anodizing in a square pattern to reveal the silver squares.  This laser is incredibly precise and accurate and leaves a beautiful finish.  Here is a video of the process below:

The checker pieces are machined into 1.25"diameter pieces using an automated CNC machine.  Half of these pieces are then racked and dipped and anodized black in color.

CNC machined and anodized checker pieces
CNC machined and anodized checker pieces

Dimensions

The checker board measures 11.75" x 11.75" x 0.125".  The checker pieces are 1.25" in diameter and 0.25" thick.

The Rewards

Just the checker pieces (12 aluminum + 12 anodized black aluminum)
Just the checker pieces (12 aluminum + 12 anodized black aluminum)
Just the board - great for chess players as well
Just the board - great for chess players as well
Give me the whole set!
Give me the whole set!

Early Bird

Purchase an early bird reward and you'll be among the first to receive your ROYAL checkers.  Every attempt will be made to deliver all early bird rewards before the Christmas holidays. 

Be an early bird and among the first to receive your checkers set!
Be an early bird and among the first to receive your checkers set!

Logo

There will be a logo laser engraved in the 2 black corner squares.  Although the logo may change slightly, here is a photoshop rendering to give you a good idea as to what can be expected.

ROYAL logo on the 2 black corner squares
ROYAL logo on the 2 black corner squares

What Will The Funds Be Used For

The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to fund our first run of production units.

Help fund the first production run!
Help fund the first production run!

 Thank you for your support Kickstarter!!

Risks and challenges

After many weeks of hard work, all potential problems and obstacles have been solved and we are ready to start running production. Production timelines have been set, and if for some reason they are not being met, I do have backup suppliers sourced and ready to pickup the slack if need be.

Expectation at this point is the product will be manufactured and delivered with no issues.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $45

    EARLY BIRD - JUST THE PIECES. A complete set of checker pieces that can be used on any checker board. This includes 12 pieces machined from 6061 aluminum, as well 12 pieces machined from 6061 aluminum and anodized black.

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    EARLY BIRD - JUST THE BOARD. A checker board cut out from 6061 aluminum, linear brushed, anodized black, and then finally laser engraved to create the silver squares in the board.

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    Pledge CA$ 130 or more About $97

    EARLY BIRD - GIMME THE WHOLE SET! A complete checkers board set. This includes the 24 machined pieces (12 machined + 12 machined an anodized black), as well as the aluminum checker board.

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    GIMME THE WHOLE SET! A complete checkers board set. This includes the 24 machined pieces (12 machined + 12 machined an anodized black), as well as the aluminum checker board.

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Funding period

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