Hi, I’m Matt, an fine artist and designer/maker based in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am always trying to come up with new approaches to create while also hopefully doing it in an environmentally conscious way. I also really love music, I play a little guitar but most of the time I stay focused on visual arts and getting those works out into the world. But this time, I am combining visual product design with my affinity for music. You can learn more about me at https://www.mattkrack.com
I couldn't find any vinyl record storage crates on that ecommerce site to not be named that I really liked, and most of them had a lot of pieces of hardware to assemble. I thought that if I could figure out a way to make them easy to assemble, sturdy, affordable and could look cool, that would be a winner for a lot of people. With my recent experiences in developing products for ecommerce, I thought that I could improve on the offerings by working closely with a factory that I know was capable to help see my vision through. Except the factory wanted too many made up front, so I decided to do this first batch by myself, with the help of a CNC router.
So far I have the final prototypes of the RokCrate. I recently took the prototypes to several artisan events in Indy and got some really great feedback so I am feeling good that you will love to have one or a few too.
The Rokcrates are indeed stackable. They are also paintable. For the main initial offering, they are made of a high-grade nicely-finished Maple plywood that is strong, affordable and flexible for many applications. You can leave it how it is or customize it however you want.
The beautiful thing about a RokCrate is its quick assembly. I am probably not the best at this but you can see in the video how quick it will go together out of the box. There truly is no hardware but it still works great to store vinyls. In the 12-inch model you can fit up to 75-80 120- gram 12-inch vinyl records. I enjoy supporting the vinyl format for many reasons, but especially because they are so durable, and any vertical stacking method, like the RokCrate, will help you make them last even longer.
I believe this is a great solution to help protect vinyl records. I of course put forth some of my own money to invest in this project to develop the prototypes. This Kickstarter will be a huge help in helping me navigate the increase of product costs due to the new tariff situation (regarding my factory location) as well as the immediate logistics of getting your rewards to you. I do have some simple and fair ideas for stretch goals if we are fortunate to get to that point beyond the initial funding.
The backer Levels will consist primarily of the RokCrate, just in different quantities and materials, sizes, and styles.
- RokCrate Logo Sticker
- Clear acrylic RokCrate Drink Coasters Holder - on hold
- RokCrate (maple) for 7-Inch Vinyl Singles
Same spirit as the 12 and 10 Inch Rokcrate, but looks a little chunkier because it still uses 1/2 inch thick wood in the design like the other two.
- RokCrate (maple) for 10-Inch Vinyl EPS
Same basic design as the 12-inch, just shrunk down for 10-Inch Vinyls
- RokCrate (maple)- Super Early, Early, Regular for 12 Inch Vinyl LPS
- CS Stanley ‘The Blue Guitarist’ RokCrate
12-Inch Rokcrate specially painted. Only one in the world, for now. Learn more about CS at https://www.csstanley.com/.
- RokCrate Custom Painted by artist Alexandra VanOsdol - https://www.facebook.com/avolexi/
Yes, it really is just one RokCrate - with many perspectives!
- RokCrate Analog Collage by Sivavis - https://www.instagram.com/sivavisart/
Featuring a surreal take on rock and roll-ing on the road culture. Can you spot Bob Dylan?
- RokCrate Custom Painted by me (Matt Kräck)
Featuring matte black 2.0 and silver and pearl automobile-grade enamel paint.
- ALL THREE MAPLE ROKCRATES
Get one that fits 7 inch singles, one for 10 inch EPS and one for your 12 inch LPS
- METAL AF ROKCRATE
Ultra-limited 16/18 guage stainless steel Rokcrate based on the 12-Inch Standard Design. This will have to ship welded and complete and will be heavy, but will be totally badass. Will be made in a custom metal shop in Evansville, IN at May Sheet Metal, a 40-year-old business that can do just about anything with sheet metal.
- Stretch Goals
#1 When the project funding is met and then if we can get it to $3000, you get a sticker, and that backer gets a sticker, all the backers get a sticker! Same design as RokCrate logo.
I hope to build on to the line in the future, this is just the start, so each and every pledge and share is super appreciated beyond just being a transactional thing.
I want to thank two great woodworkers for helping me devise the form of the RokCrate - my Uncle John and Lee Ellis. Alex Umlauf for behind the camera work. Local folks who took a look at the prototypes and offered feedback and encouragement!
12/17 - Acrylic Coaster Rokcrates are now available.
Instagram- please follow @Rokcrate
Feel free to message me through Kickstarter with any project questions!
Risks and challenges
If any of my tools unexpectedly break, that would be a problem that would cause some delay.
Delivery/Shipping Time during this time of year especially could experience some delays.
If I get sick, it could delay the initial batch. I am working to find a reliable artisan who also has time to help me as a potential backup.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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