About this project
Simply the best record crate
More vinyl is being sold today than ever before. Coincidentally, our personal collections are growing, too. We are a trio of friends who share a mutual frustration with the status quo of record storage options. When faced with storing, organizing, and lending our records, we had always struggled to find a solution that really worked. We analyzed the problems and designed the solution; a record crate we wanted to buy. It had to do everything better and be something we would be proud of. The crate snaps together without any tools or hardware and ships completely flat. No worrying about missing screws and bolts, nothing to scratch our sleeves, no fasteners to weaken over time, and no fear of damage in transit. Built from sturdy 1/2-inch hardwood, Wax Stacks will last a lifetime. We hope you'll love our fresh approach to record storage and we know you'll find the crate useful for many other things; book case, toy box, stepping stool, etc...
Going together is a SNAP!
"Kick the milk crates to the curb and store your vinyl in style with Wax Stacks"
"Take that IKEA"
TONE Audio - http://www.tonepublications.com/magazine/issue-72/ (p100-101, 20 MB)
Modern Vinyl - http://modern-vinyl.com/2015/06/23/kickstarter-wax-stacks/
Also seen on Audio Shark, Vinyl Me Please, HomeTheaterEquipment.com
See more photos on Pinterest.
In a nutshell, we want to be able to stack, store, and carry our beloved vinyl. How about you? Meet your ultimate record storage solution.
We call our them "WAX STACKS". The term "wax" is a long-standing slang term for vinyl and our crates were built to stack. So there you have it - WAX STACKS. Let's see how it works. WAX STACKS crates consist of five panels made entirely in the USA with sustainable (i.e. conservatively harvested and sensibly produced) birch plywood. Assembly requires no hardware, no tools, and no instructions, and can be disassembled just as easily.
Components of our crate:
The middle and bottom pieces have an aesthetically interesting and functionally vital "X" cut into them. There are two locking tabs on each side that flex and mate with the dogbone slots on the handle panels. The sweeping curves that make up the "X" serve two purposes: 1- allows the locking tooth to flex for assembly and, 2- when assembled the natural tension provided by the curve locks the crate together. Kinda cool, right?
Another great feature is the alternating ridge on the handle panels. It looks like tabs on file folders. This was one of those try, try, and try again type discoveries and is a keystone component of our patent. It was worth the effort. This tabbed ridge allows our WAX STACKS to index correctly and stack on top of each other. In fact you can stack them any which way you like since the ridges go all the way around the panel.
Why WAX STACKS reign supreme
- Modularity: Our crates can grow with you and your collection. Just getting started? One crate will do for now. You're an avid collector? No problem. You can rack and stack these to suit your needs.
- Efficiency: Our crate ships flat and goes together without tools! Unbox and a few clicks later... voilà! Our 5-year-olds can put it together in under a minute. Yes, we can make them available to handle support calls.
- Versatility: They stack to suit your needs. Move them out of the way and stack them handles-up for easy grab 'n' go! Stack them forward-facing or "bookcase style" for regular use and album flipping. Better yet, grab a crate of greatest hits and take it over to your turntable. You could fill a crate with your coolest records and throw it in the back of your car to go spin with your friends.
- Durability: They're sturdy and will PROTECT your records! We hit hi-fi shows with empty crates so we can buy tons of great vinyl and ship it home.
$35,000 – The Minimum: We’re going to make them anyway, but this is the amount we need to get costs down to a level that allows you to outfit your whole record collection.
$50,000 - Custom Tooling: Surpassing our initial goal will pay for a nested jig and custom tooling, which will improve quality and efficiency. Translation: we'll have less waste and you will get your crates FASTER!
Timeline for producing Wax Stacks
Risks and challenges
Our challenge isn't whether or not we can make them, but we need to invest in tooling and machine time to ramp up production. Kickstarter sales will allow us to get costs to a level that makes the crates a product for the masses. Kickstarter is really the best way to make it all happen.
Kickstarter is awesome! We are able to pre-sell a great product to a progressive customer. Simply put: we know selling tons of crates up front will really get things moving. We also feel the advertising medium of Kickstarter is spot on for enthusiasts just like us. Between the three of us we've already backed several campaigns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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