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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 30 2018 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

Matt KräckBy Matt Kräck
First created
Matt KräckBy Matt Kräck
First created
$1,279
pledged of 2 750 $pledged of 2 750 $ goal
24
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 30 2018 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Intro 

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

Why 

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. 

What

The backer Levels will consist primarily of the RokCrate, just in different quantities and materials, sizes, and styles. 

  • RokCrate Logo Sticker
Rokcrate Logo (sticker)  - Logo details subject to change due to any streamlining
Rokcrate Logo (sticker) - Logo details subject to change due to any streamlining
  •  Clear acrylic Rokcrate Drink Coasters Holder (will be on slight release delay) Photo soon! 
  •   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
Rokcrate for 12 Inch Vinyls
Rokcrate for 12 Inch Vinyls
Rokcrate for 12 Inch Vinyls
Rokcrate for 12 Inch Vinyls
  •  Rokcrate (walnut) for 12-Inch Vinyl LPS

Exact design as the 12-Inch Maple Rokcrate but in high-quality Walnut veneer for those who want a darker look out of the box.  This is what walnut looks like. 

  •  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 Painting by me (Matt Kräck)

It's not ready yet, photo will  go here +0).

  • 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.  

The big green monster metal break (i.e. it bends metal) at MSM that will help make the Metal AF Rokcrate
The big green monster metal break (i.e. it bends metal) at MSM that will help make the Metal AF Rokcrate
  • 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.

Goals

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.

Thanks

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!

Timelines

I will post production updates here.

Social Media 

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.

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    RokCrate Logo Sticker (free ship)

    2.5 x 3 Inch (ish) logo sticker. Free shipping to US and Canada only.

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    RokCrate Mini Acrylic Coaster Holder

    A mini version of the RokCrate specially shaped to fit your favorite coasters! Design mod faithfully executed by CS Stanley. Dimensions will be posted closer to release date.

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    7" Vinyl Singles Maple Rokcrate

    Fits 30-35 vinyl singles

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    10" Vinyl EPs Maple Rokcrate

    Fits 30-35 vinyl EPs in their sleeves.

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    12" LPs Maple Rokcrate

    made in USA. The internal dimensions of this are such that a boxed set can easily fit inside, so 13 inches wide, with plenty of headroom to stack it too. It is also 13 inches deep. If you go by the general estimation of 5 120-gram records in cardboard sleeves per inch of depth, you end up with space for 75 of those. I do not recommend storing your records unsleeved, of course. Overall dimensions are 18(L)x18(W)x14(H) inches. When stacked, the ones not on the very bottom are technically 17.75 inches or so due to nesting factors. So for example, if you stack three, you can expect the total height to be very close to 53.5 inches.

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    10" EPs Oak Rokcrate

    10-inch EP Oak Rok Crate

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    12" LPs Oak Rokcrate

    12-inch LP Oak Rokcrate. It is difficult to find Oak veneer boards locally. Heck, it is challenging to find a lot locally, not sure why. So I will keep this darker option limited based on what I know I can get. If it changes to become more available I will update later. The internal dimensions of this are such that a boxed set can easily fit inside, so 13 inches wide, with plenty of headroom to stack it too. It is also 13 inches deep. If you go by the general estimation of 5 120-gram records in cardboard sleeves per inch of depth, you end up with space for 75 of those. I do not recommend storing your records unsleeved, of course. Overall dimensions are 18(L)x18(W)x14(H) inches. When stacked, the ones not on the very bottom are technically 17.75 inches or so due to nesting factors. So for example, if you stack three, you can expect the total height to be very close to 53.5 inches.

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    All Three Maple Rokcrates - Early Bird

    Get all three maple Rokcrates at once! You will receive the 7-inch model, 10-inch model, and 12-inch model. KEEP IN MIND - these are all different sizes so they cannot directly stack on top of each other. 7s stack with 7s, 10s with 10s, but you can unofficially place a board across top of one to set a smaller one on top of that. It is in our minds to develop a fancier solution later on!

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    12" LPs Maple Rokcrate - SET OF TWO

    A pair of the standard. Made in USA. The internal dimensions of this are such that a boxed set can easily fit inside, so 13 inches wide, with plenty of headroom to stack it too. It is also 13 inches deep. If you go by the general estimation of 5 120-gram records in cardboard sleeves per inch of depth, you end up with space for 75 of those. I do not recommend storing your records unsleeved, of course. Overall dimensions are 18(L)x18(W)x14(H) inches. When stacked, the ones not on the very bottom are technically 17.75 inches or so due to nesting factors. So for example, if you stack three, you can expect the total height to be very close to 53.5 inches.

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    All Three Maple Rokcrates - 7/10/12s

    Get all three maple Rokcrates at once! You will receive the 7-inch model, 10-inch model, and 12-inch model. KEEP IN MIND - these are all different sizes so they cannot directly stack on top of each other. 7s stack with 7s, 10s with 10s, but you can unofficially place a board across top of one to set a smaller one on top of that. It is in our minds to develop a fancier solution later on!

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    Matt Kräck RokCrate

    Unique design by Matt Kräck

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    Metal AF Rokcrate

    16/18 gauge stainless steel Rokcrate for 12 inch LPs that will be fabricated at May Sheet Metal, Evansville, Indiana. MSM has been in business for over three decades of excellence. It will be lined with a nice fabric to minimize any chance of scuffing record sleeves.

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    12" LPs Rokcrate - Maple SUPER Early

    Super early bird! The internal dimensions of this are such that a boxed set can easily fit inside, so 13 inches wide, with plenty of headroom to stack it too. It is also 13 inches deep. If you go by the general estimation of 5 120-gram records in cardboard sleeves per inch of depth, you end up with space for 75 of those. I do not recommend storing your records unsleeved, of course. Overall dimensions are 18(L)x18(W)x14(H) inches. When stacked, the ones not on the very bottom are technically 17.75 inches or so due to nesting factors. So for example, if you stack three, you can expect the total height to be very close to 53.5 inches.

    These will be made before funding is even sent to me, as long as the project is looking to meet the end of December goal I will have these ready to ship immediately near the end of the project.

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    12" LPs Rokcrate - Maple Early Bird

    Early Bird! The internal dimensions of this are such that a boxed set can easily fit inside, so 13 inches wide, with plenty of headroom to stack it too. It is also 13 inches deep. If you go by the general estimation of 5 120-gram records in cardboard sleeves per inch of depth, you end up with space for 75 of those. I do not recommend storing your records unsleeved, of course. Overall dimensions are 18(L)x18(W)x14(H) inches. When stacked, the ones not on the very bottom are technically 17.75 inches or so due to nesting factors. So for example, if you stack three, you can expect the total height to be very close to 53.5 inches.

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    CS Stanley 'The Blue Guitarist' RokCrate

    Specially designed by CS Stanley. Check out the video to see what it looks like! This one was an original prototype that is slightly shorter at the top, so you cannot stack on TOP of it, BUT you can stack it on top of other Rokcrates below. It is the same width as the standard Maple Rokcrates. So, just stack it on top if you do need to stack, that is where it belongs anyway, on top, for all to see easily!

    Please note this will ship assembled and should not be taken apart. Thus the higher than usual shipping charge.

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