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7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 6 2014 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Design

Do you like QUALITY, made in the USA products?

How do you feel about being able to CUSTOMIZE a product to make it UNIQUE and ONE OF A KIND?

What if that product can also be EXTENDED with add-on OPTIONS and connectable components?

The SET Bench project began with an idea to solve a problem.  We wanted a seating solution that would be portable enough to take with us wherever life decides to move us, and something that would also last for years.  Something unique and customizable, yet still simple and stronger than anything available.

We came up with the SET Bench.  It's industrial grade strong! and simple enough that it assembles with just a few hidden SET screws, and you can connect a SET of benches together to fit any space.

Prototype bench in raw steel with clear-coated top surface
Prototype bench in raw steel with clear-coated top surface
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Connections

Here's where we really start getting excited!  

We have designed the bench in two lengths, 18 and 24 inches. The two lengths provide flexibility so that a SET of benches can fit almost any space in 6 inch increments. 

The benches connect together using two removable steel pins and simple set screws to hold them securely. Use the included allen wrench to attach as many benches together as you need.

Even though the SET screws are small and sit nearly flush when in place, we have located them on the back and bottom surfaces so that you won't see anything but smooth clean steel. 

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Connectable Accessories

Wait! There's more!  The design also lends itself to a lot of possibilities for add-on options.  

  • Under Bench Sling Shelf 
  • Side-by-Side connector 
  • End Bookshelf connector 
  • 45 and 90 Corner connectors
  • Stacking/Ladder connector
  • and your ideas...

We realized the need to focus on getting the benches produced first, but these are at the top of our list. We already have preliminary designs for several of them and will offer them as Stretch Goals should we make it that far. 

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Look and Feel

Here is where the 'cool' comes in!  
As well as utilizing a design that lends itself to countless possibilities for user configuration, we plan to offer the benches with as many options as we can.  Even so, we know everyone has their own flavor of 'cool' and may want to go with the Naked Frame option which will let you choose your own unique surface.

Frame Options
You can choose to keep the industrial look with raw clear-coated steel, or powder coat the frame for a long lasting durable finish in a variety of colors.  We have selected a deep burgundy red, and a bright white as colors for the Kickstarter.  

The first Stretch Goal will be more color options including bright orange, sunlight yellow, and a rich beige.  Of course we are open to suggestions!

Powder coated prototype bench with recycled rubber top.
Powder coated prototype bench with recycled rubber top.

Top Surface
We designed it so that almost any rigid material can be used for the top surface. We have selected Poplar wood as the main surface for this Kickstarter project just to keep things simple and because its a great renewable soft hardwood. This material allows us to offer a variety of finishes including stains, and painted colors. 

We have also found a recycled rubber sheet material that makes a very unique top surface.

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Quality 

Made right here in the USA!
Buy it once, use it for generations!  Each bench frame will be MIG welded together using 1" - 1.25" steel tube and 1/4" - 3/8" flat steel. Although we can't recommend it, we're pretty sure you could park a car on them. 

Prototype SET Benches stacked
Prototype SET Benches stacked

Dimensions
The standard SET Bench frame dimensions are:
Height: 16 inches
Length: 18 or 24 inches
Width: 14 inches
Weight: ~30 pounds

The dimensions for the top surface material are 1/2" to 3/4" thick by 10.5" to 12" wide by 18" or 24" long depending on which bench you select. You can also use two 6" wide pieces, as there are four total bolts to hold on the surface in place.

The actual surface width is 10.5" but we suggest starting with a slightly wider piece so that a 45 degree chamfer (angle) can be cut on the lower outside edges for a better fit. If you don't have the means to cut the surface material you will need to use a 10.5" or narrower width.

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Disassembly and Storage 

When not in use, the bench(s) can be disassembled and stored flat in less than 4" of space.

Multiple benches will stack together for moving and storage.  (This photo will be updated soon to show the new injection molded end plugs)
Multiple benches will stack together for moving and storage. (This photo will be updated soon to show the new injection molded end plugs)

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Uses

SET Benches are a scaleable and durable solution for many locations:

  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Dressing rooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Park benches
  • Skate parks
  • Public offices
  • Classrooms
  • Waiting rooms
  • Piano Duet benches
  • Amphitheaters

Their customizable size, style, and easy disassembly make them great for:

  • Apartments
  • College dorms
  • Lofts

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Project Status

The bench design has been finalized through several prototype revisions. The fit and finish has been refined so that the bench components fit together well.  

The final modification, which we will have pictures of soon, is to add injection molded inserts to finish off the open ends of the steel tubing. These polyethylene inserts will be used on the bottoms of the legs as well. They look really nice and add the finishing touch. We will use black or white, but we plan to offer additional colors in the future.

We have lined up suppliers for all of the raw materials required, and selected production facilities for the portions of fabrication and assembly that we aren't going to handle. Shipping agreements are also in place to take care of product delivery.

Timeline

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Your Part

Your support will allow us to purchase needed equipment and raw materials in a quantity large enough to get bulk pricing.  We will also use the contributions to set up production jigs to increase manufacturing speed and efficiency.

We are looking forward to your feedback and support to help make this project happen. We want to hear your ideas and get your input on colors, surface materials, and connectible add-on's!

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Future

Once the project is funded and we have completed the production run to fulfill the rewards, we plan to make use of the new equipment to provide new connectible options and to expand the SET design family of products to include full size and coffee table versions. We plan to offer these and additional surfaces options and colors through future Kickstarter projects and our website at SETBench.com.

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Stretch Goals

To be added when we get there... but here are some ideas:

  • $30K - More color options
  • $40K - Under Bench Sling Shelf
  • $50K - Backer selected add-on
  • $60K - Side-by-Side connector
  • $75K - Bookshelf connector
  • $100K - Corner connectors

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The SET Bench and SET designs are Patent Pending & Trademarked.

Risks and challenges

We know that many challenges come from securing the right material, in the correct volume, and in the needed timeframe. We have done as much as we can ahead of time to ensure that our supply chain is ready. Hiccup's can also occur during the manufacturing, powder coating, and final assembly so we have allowed a little bit of cushion to allow us to work out any difficulties that might arise and still deliver on time.

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    THAT'S A GREAT IDEA! Welcome to the team and thank you for your support, we really appreciate it! We look forward to your comments and ideas, and we will be sure to include you in all our project updates.

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    GET SET - We really appreciate your support and would like to send you a T-Shirt to prove it. We did these up so you can help us advertise!
    White and Grey with KICKSTARTED on the front, and the SET Bench logo and image on the back. They look pretty sweet.

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    INDUSTRIAL GRADE! - A set of coasters to protect your new benches, or whatever surface you love. Cut, with chamfered edges, from the same recycled rubber material that we use as one of the top surface options. You will also be listed on our website as one of our supporters and will receive project updates. We look forward to your support and ideas as the project continues.

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    EARLY BIRD - NAKED - One 18" long steel SET Bench frame and connecting hardware is included - you supply the top. Use any rigid material. See project description for required dimensions.
    STEEL FRAME COLORS: clear-coat, white, or deep red.
    SIZE: For the longer 24" naked frame, add $20 to your pledge amount and mention it in the final survey.

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    EARLY BIRD - ORIGINAL - A complete 18" long SET Bench, with top and connecting hardware included. This reward will come with an unfinished Poplar hardwood top surface that you can use as is, or paint/stain any way you like.
    STEEL FRAME COLORS: clear-coat, white, or deep red.
    SIZE: For the longer 24" frame, add $20 to your pledge amount and mention it in the final survey.

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    THE NAKED - We will send you one 18" long SET Bench frame and two pins for connecting this SET bench to another one - you supply the top. Use any rigid material. See project description for required dimensions.
    STEEL FRAME COLORS: clear-coat, white, or deep red.
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    THE ORIGINAL - You will receive one 18" long SET bench which includes the steel frame, the top surface, and two pins for connecting this SET bench to another one.
    STEEL FRAME COLORS: clear-coat, white, or deep red.
    TOP SURFACE OPTIONS: Poplar - unfinished, clear-coated; or painted white, red, or black; or recycled black rubber.
    SIZE: For the longer 24" frame, add $20 to your pledge amount and mention it in the final survey.

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    THE SET - You will receive TWO 18" long SET benches ready to connect. You get the steel frames, top surfaces, and connecting hardware for both benches. STEEL FRAME COLORS: clear-coat, white, or deep red. TOP SURFACE OPTIONS: Poplar - unfinished, clear-coated; or painted white, red, or black; or recycled black rubber. SIZE: For the longer 24" frames, add $40 to your pledge amount and mention it in the final survey.

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    CUSTOM SET - You pick the size, any color, and surface material. You can mix and match colors to create your one of a kind benches. And we will make sure that your benches are the first to be produced and shipped. How's that for making you feel special!

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Funding period

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