For a long time, I've set out to design an everyday table. One that is as simply built as it is aesthetically complex, as sturdy as it is convenient, as beautiful as it is practical.
And for a long time, I failed. It’s easy, in the early stages, to get singularly focused. To get so caught up in the details that you leave out what makes a table – essentially – useful, versatile. Beautiful.
Essentially, finally, The Everyday Folding Table is that table.
The Everyday Folding Table is a breakfast table, a display table, a desk and a picnic table. It folds to a six-inch thickness, is easy to carry and is made from the highest quality local Missouri Black Walnut and White Oak.
I built this table to work with you, to move with you, to serve its purpose, whatever you need or choose to do with it, every day. It’s a folding table, it’s an heirloom; it’s the beautifully practical piece I’ve always set out to design.
And now I’m excited to share it with you.
The design is simple and affordable to produce. The most complex mechanism is the spring that holds the legs in place in both the folded and unfolded position.
Speaking of which, it's easy to fold and unfold: it takes less than a minute. There are no loose parts.
It's easy to carry, two people can bring it up a narrow staircase with ease, and it fits in the back of a station wagon.
And when you aren't using it, you can hide it in a closet, under your bed, or simply lean it against the wall.
The Details at-a-glance:
Who am I? And why have I turned to KICKSTARTER?
By backing this project, you are doing a lot more than buying a quality table, you are supporting a growth effort. An effort to create a studio space and build a team.
I live in St. Louis, Missouri and build everything in my one car garage, which I've converted into a no-frills efficiency wood shop. I'm ready to put together a team of driven, innovative individuals to work alongside me, but for that, I need a bigger shop. It will take roughly $18,000 to make this project happen, but every cent pledged beyond that amount will help expand my studio.
That's why I've included smaller rewards. Made from the same wood as the Everyday Folding Table, they eliminate wasted material. But more importantly, they are a way for anyone to be a part of this campaign.
Each reward is special and representative of the products that have helped me establish my aesthetic and my business. The seemingly small items, as well as the big ticket items, bring me closer to my dream studio and help me make the Everyday Folding Table a reality.
You will get one unique spinning top. These were the toys that got me started as a product designer, and they are the perfect gift for grownups and adults alike. Since I make each by hand, and use so many different kinds of wood, no two are exactly alike.
Errand Clip Board:
Give your to-do list a place of its own.
7.5" x 10"
Walnut Frame with signed Erik Riley Print:
He's one of my favorite illustrators, and a good friend. Also, he was super generous to donate a limited number of signed prints of his piece Moonlighting. The frame is handmade with the same walnut as the tables, dimensions are 11 x 13".
Full Walnut Clipboard with signed Kelsey Garrity-Riley Print:
This Clipboard is a beautiful tool designed for everyday use that can also be used as a frame. It comes with a limited-edition signed print of Kelsey Garrity-Riley's April Showers, which she graciously donated to the cause. Dimensions are 9" x 12.5".
This stool is designed to last, whether you use it as a lift, nightstand or stool. It fits comfortably into any interior style. Like the tables, it has a walnut top and white oak legs. The top is roughly 8" x 12", and it is 20" tall.
Folding Coffee Table:
It's the perfect coffee table, especially if you live in an apartment or an airstream. It folds flat, so you can move it out of the way when you build a pillow fort for your kids, hide it when your friend wants to crash on your floor, or ship it to your nephew as a surprise house-warming present. It's easily lifted by one person and measures 39" long, 17" wide and 17.5" tall.
The Everyday Folding Table
It's simple, practical and useful. With a walnut top and white oak legs, it marries the classic value of a folding table with contemporary, timeless style. It measures 6' long and 2' wide, 28.5" tall, and when it's folded, it's only 6" thick, so I can ship it to your door, and you will have it in place within minutes. Thanks for your support.
Thank you for your support.
Risks and challenges
My current workspace is a tiny one-car garage, which I've been grateful for because this limited space is a part of what got me interested in designing folding tables. With such limited space, I can make the Everyday Folding table one at a time if I need to. I've already made several in my current conditions so, barring a disaster, I'm absolutely able to complete the Rewards. The risk is whether I will be able to make them as efficiently as I hope.
The first thing I'll do if this campaign succeeds is begin looking for a bigger shop, while continuing to work in my current studio In the right space, I'll be able to make the tables more efficiently, store them easily, and apply finish to more than one at a time.
Finding the right space is important, and unless I am overfunded, I'll be on a pretty tight budget. But St. Louis is a great spot for affordable brick buildings, and I'm already looking, so I'm confident I'll find the perfect space.
My timeline is based on my goal, allowing for up to 4x funding. In the event that my project reaches beyond that, I will do my best to ship as quickly as possible, and will ship the early bird orders first.
Another challenge is that this table is designed to use walnut that has a lot of character: small knots, wide streaks of light-colored sapwood, and other irregularities. By definition, every piece will be different, the challenge will be to make sure they all have enough character, without having too many 'flaws.'
That's one of the benefits of the smaller rewards: If a piece of walnut has a large crack, I don't have to waste it. I'll simply use it for smaller projects, like my picture frames, and work around the affected area. I've always prided myself on being resourceful, and this Kickstarter is certainly an exercise in practicing that skill on a larger scale.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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