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An original line of furniture, the sale of which will fund the Community Architecture Lab and the educational programs we run.

WHAT I' VE DONE IS...

Designed and prototyped an original line of furniture, developed to provide an ongoing source of revenue for The Community Architecture Lab [ CAL Inc ].

THE COMMUNITY ARCHITECTURE LAB IS...

A non-profit studio dedicated to teaching kids the fundamentals of math, physics, structural engineering and basic carpentry by building really cool structures. CAL Inc offers a series of classes specifically geared towards introducing the abstract concepts found in these subjects in exciting and simple ways. The classes for young kids, ages 8-14, include Basic Fort Building & Extreme Fort Building. For older and more advanced students, I am planning to teach Extreme Furniture Design, and hold impromptu studios where we design and build structures that local communities need but cannot afford (think rock climbing walls, play structures and chicken tractors). Check out our web site to see some of the projects: www.uvarchlab.org

THE FURNITURE IS...

Made from environmentally responsible resources [ North American Hardwoods, Bamboo & Cane- even the prototypes are made from FSC Particle / Flake board w/ no added urea-based bonding media ].

WHAT I WANT TO DO THROUGH KICKSTARTER IS...

Raise enough money to buy a CNC router for our wood shop / studio. This machine will be used to manufacture the line of furniture I have designed, the sale of which will help fund our non-profit. We will also use it in classes for the really advanced students. This machine has enormous potential as a tool for teaching digital fabrication and manufacturing means and methods, allowing students to take their ideas from the realm of the virtual to the reality of the physical, and introducing a skill set that is unique to the 21st century. Our students will learn to merge the arts with computational sciences, mathematics, high tech manufacturing processes, and traditional craftsmanship in a direct and tangible way. As a result, we will be able to offer kids and young adults the type of education currently only available at the most elite of colleges and universities, thus better preparing them for a world that increasingly demands creative thinking as a means to success.

HOW I CAN ACHIEVE MY GOAL IS...

Sell the first run of furniture. I have already fabricated the prototypes (see images & the video). Now, I just need the machine so I can begin production on a larger scale, which is slated to happen in the summer of 2011.

WHERE YOU COME IN IS...

By looking to your right, above and below, and finding something you like. Above and to the right are some smaller pieces, & below is my initial catalog, along with specifications and pricing. If you like my cause and want or need a piece of furniture, then choose and buy. Along with every piece, you will get a limited edition catalog that includes shop drawings and tool path diagrams. These small books will be signed and numbered, and will only be available through KICKSTARTER support.

[ABOVE] The Grace Table (named for my wife) Part of the "Flat Pack" series, this coffee table is available in a 24" or 36" diameter version. The table can be made of the following: Particle / Flake board (PFB), Bamboo (Plyboo), Steel or Aluminum (Yes, I know. Aluminum is NOT environmentally friendly. I am ashamed). Prices are as follows: PFB base w/ 24" PFB Top= $125.00 (for a glass top, add $100.00) Bamboo base w/ 24" Bamboo Top= 300.00 (for a glass top, add $100.00) Steel w/ 24" 3/8" Glass top= $600.00 Aluminum w/ 24" 3/8" Glass top= $700.00 For the 36" coffee table, add $50.00 to all the above stated pricing.

[ABOVE] Part of the "Flat Pack" series, the Side Table is available w/ an 18" diameter top that gets fixed to the base w/ an artfully recessed hex drive screw. The table can be made of the following: Particle / Flake board (PFB) or Bamboo (Plyboo). Prices are as follows: PFB base w/ PFB Top= $100.00 Bamboo base w/ Bamboo Top= $200.00

[ABOVE] Jack's Chair (named for my son) This arm chair is available in Oak or Walnut w/ a natural cane seat. Price: $650.00 Note- Cane can be stained for an additional $100.00 Note- Also available as a 42" wide bench. Price: $800.00

[ABOVE] Sophia's Chair (named for my daughter) This side chair is available in Oak or Walnut w/ a natural cane seat. Price: $600.00 Note- Cane can be stained for an additional $100.00 Note- Also available as a 42" wide bench. Price: $750.00

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    A signed and numbered iPod stand (shown in video and photo below) made from Particle / Flake board (PFB) (our material of choice for prototypes) coated w/ low VOC polyurethane.

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    A signed and numbered iPad stand (shown in video and photo below ) made from Particle / Flake board (PFB) (our material of choice for prototypes) and coated w/ low VOC polyurethane.

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    A signed and numbered bamboo iPad stand coated w/ low VOC polyurethane.

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    The FLAT PACK "Side Table" made out of Particle / Flake Board (PFB) (our material of choice for the initial prototypes) and coated w/ low VOC polyurethane + a signed and numbered print of the tool path diagram.

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    The FLAT PACK "Grace" coffee table 24 (that's a 24" diameter top) made out of Particle / Flake Board (PFB) (our material of choice for the initial prototypes) and coated w/ low VOC polyurethane + a signed and numbered print of the tool path diagram.

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    The FLAT PACK "Grace" coffee table 36 (that's a 36" diameter top) made out of Particle / Flake Board (PFB) (our material of choice for the initial prototypes) and coated w/ low VOC polyurethane + a signed and numbered print of the tool path diagram.

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    Look to your left, scroll down and chose from the catalog. Each piece is listed w/ it's specifications and pricing, so you can match what you want to spend to what we currently have designed and are ready to produce. Once we reach our goal, digital catalogs will be sent to all backers, from which you select the piece of your choice. Then, email us your selection along with your shipping address, and we will build it and ship it anywhere in the US of A. For international orders- shipping these pieces internationally can be done, but the cost for that will have to be assessed as an additional charge.

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- (60 days)