About this project
I work out in my shop a lot and so I like to remove my ring. I had taken to using my Spoke Pencil 'dock' as a ring holder, but I recently decided I should make a nicer holder… and maybe some other people might be interested in one as well. And so, the Ring Spike project started.
My first model was a basic cone shape. The cone resulted in rings of various sizes 'sitting' at significantly different heights... which I just did not like.
I ultimately iterated to a clean shape with dual tapers, so rings of various sizes would sit around the same level. I sized the part to allow for an appropriate range of rings, from the small up to the large. I decided to split the part to allow for two metals to add some cool visual interest. The base part will be aluminum, and I'll have it anodized a super matte black, which I think adds a nice stealthy look. For the top 'post' part, there is a choice between stainless steel or brass. The finished parts will be assembled together and will not come apart.
In the base, I designed a groove to accept a square profile rubber ring to provide a bit of surface grip to prevent sliding. Lastly, I decided to hand stamp the Spoke Design 'S' on the bottom to give it a bit of a 'signature'. Overall, the ring spike is 2 inches tall, 1.5 inches wide, and weighs 3 ounces.
While I like to make prototypes myself, for larger quantities, I work with a local machine shop. The shop has previously done good work for me and delivered on time.
Once I have the parts, I'll hand stamp the 'S' on the bottom of the base and then have them anodized by a local shop. I'll then assemble, pack, and ship. Overall, a pretty fun, straightforward project. With your support, I'll be able to do the project by having enough quantity to get the parts made at a reasonable cost.
I'm very comfortable running projects… I've done a few already!
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Risks and challenges
Ring Spike is a straightforward project. As detailed above, I've got good experience with Kickstarter projects, so I'm comfortable with the process. The biggest potential for issues is with timing as I rely on an outside machine shop (but I have experience with them and they do good work). However it goes, I'll keep everyone posted with regular updates along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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