About this project
Table Tennis or Ping-Pong? It is up to you what you call it!
Any table can be a table tennis table
CorkNet has been specially design to work on any table. Its combined length is 80 cm or 31.5 Inches. This size gives you a net over any table. The CorkNet is freestanding so there are no fixings to worry about. Place them in the center of your table and you're ready to play!
The clever design lets you take it with you. You can play on any table, whether it is a friend's home, work or on holiday.
It all began with a simple idea of making a table tennis net to work on any table. It had to be easy to use and also be a useful piece of kitchen equipment. The net is a cork trivet for your table whilst also being a table tennis net.
CorkNet comes as two identical parts. The net is the regulation height set by the International Table Tennis Federation, 15.25 cm / 6 in. The net is divided into two sections each 40 cm / 15 3/4 in long. Put together these two parts are able to fit comfortably into a kitchen cupboard or drawer. A ball shaped recess in each part of net allows a ball to be safely stored when the two parts are put together. The net set will weigh approximately 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs
Stability of the net
This test has been carried out using the final production prototype of the CorkNet. The piece has been made to the same dimensions as the final product and using a similar density of cork so the weight is accurate.
Cork is the best material to use for this project. It is amazing stuff: it is light, flexible, durable, heat resistant and moisture resistant. Cork is also a recyclable sustainable natural product harvested from cork trees without causing damage.
CorkNet will be produced from recycled cork granules. These granules go through a special process before being poured in moulds. Under heat and pressure the cork bonds together creating the final product. The limited edition version will also be made from recycled cork granules but will be hand made by highly skilled craftsmen in Portugal giving it a unique finish.
All backers names will be posted on the CorkNet website. So everyone can see who helped to make the CorkNet a reality.
Limited Edition Tea Towel
The limited edition tea towels will feature the name, country and a scaled outline of the backers table. Limited to 100, the silk screen printed towels will be made from 100% cotton and made in the UK. If you would like one along side a pledge just add the cost and shipping, if necessary, to your pledge and let me know.
Limited Edition White
The limited edition white CorkNet will be handmade in Portugal and finished with a painted white top and logo. They will each be signed and numbered. Limited Edition set will be delivered in November 2014, not what is said on the reward.
Why do I need the money?
To make CorkNet affordable I need to invest in special moulds. This will be the biggest single cost. The rest of the funds will be used to buy the first CorkNet batch and place bulk orders of all the components so I can make CorkNet a reality.
The main goal is to start shipping pledges in September 2014.
This is what the schedule is like:
- Production sample - August / September '14
- Design and select producers for packaging - September '14
- Select shipping company - September '14
- Place orders for other pledges offers- September '14
- Start production of CorkNet - September '14
- Start to fulfil pledges - October '14
- Start to ship CorkNet - October / November '14
Kickstarter is the start of CorkNet. As soon as the Kickstarter pledges have been completed I'll be looking to take the next step of getting CorkNet to an even wider audience. I would like to see CorkNet in small design shops, kitchen shops and any other shops that sell household accessories. If you know any, please let me know. If you are one, please get in touch! Thank you.
International Shipping & Shipping charges
CorkNet is not small so the shipping charges have been difficult to average. The additional shipping charges that I've given for the rewards are just for shipping to Europe and the USA.
A backer from Europe or USA should add the shipping charge onto the pledge. (Total shipping for one set would be £10)
Backers in Canada should add an additional £10 to the shipping. (Total for one Set would be £20 for shipping)
All other backers should add £15 to the shipping. (Total for one set would be £25 for shipping)
Please ask if you have any questions. Shipping is just complicated unfortunately.
All the rewards from the pledges will be shipped from the United Kingdom and the United States. Any other international backers will be responsible for any additional fees, for example, import tax or duty fees.
A special thank you to Robert Hindle @ MaltFilms
Risks and challenges
I'll be doing all I can to get all the pledges out within the times that I've said. I've worked hard to think of everything that could be possibly needed to get this done but there may be the unexpected. I will be transparent with you when anything goes wrong and if there are delays you will be the first to know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I carried out lots of testing using different sizes tables and found that even when the table was wider than the CorkNet it didn't effect play. The black table in the video at 14 seconds has a width of 115 cm / 42.2 Inches and it worked perfectly.
Each table has it's own unique characteristic which is part of the fun of playing table tennis using the CorkNet.
Both racket and ball will be one star quality.
This rating means that the ball will have a good bounce, durability and roundness! Each ball will be printed with the CorkNet logo.
The rackets are being specially made for this product so I'll be able to approve the finish and final quality. The rubber on the rackets will be the smooth kind, like the bats in the images above.
Cork is a type of wood, pans that are really hot might leave a brown mark but will not damage the cork beyond it's visual appearance. If you want this can be easy removed with a light sanding.
The CorkNet is made from solid cork so it can not be crushed any more. Try squishing a cork from a bottle of wine!
I do not recommend you use the CorkNet to carry hot items around on.
Tests showed that no matter how hard you hit the ball into the net they would not fall over. As they are not fixed in place they do move slightly but can be easily put back inline. Watch the testing here :- https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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