An old, rough-sawn piece of American walnut. That's how every KeyStache starts, just a formless board from a wood kiln in Louisville, KY. Each is then precisely cut, distressed and stained with a natural wood dye. An amber shellac topcoat protects the KeyStache, so you will be able to throw keys at it for years to come. Finally, a dark wax is applied to highlight the nicks and dings, finishing the units off with a calm matte finish. Honestly, it is impossible to capture the beauty of the finish by camera, really you should see one in person.
Each design currently incorporates 3-4 rare earth magnets. The prototypes use a magnet with 25 pounds of pull force, plenty to hold even a small key ring in place. However, a more powerful magnet may be used in the final design. KeyStache is held to the wall with extreme 3m tape, it works wonderfully on any surface.
Note: Magnets do NOT damage small electronics with flash memory, cellphones, flash drives, iPods, car key security chips, etc. They CAN damage certain magnetic media, such as credit cards, I.D. cards, and cassette tapes.
I love entrepreneurship... I want KeyStache to be the stepping stone into a micro-enterprise that designs, develops and sells a variety of locally-made, everyday items. Quality, functionality and simplistic design are the principles that I seek to embody in every piece of woodworking. Meanwhile, each product being unique to provide a positive experience again and again.
Special thanks to Logan Rose, Ben Rickard, Katie Meek and Dad for all the help!
Risks and challenges
I have been blessed with a woodworking shop capable of putting KeyStache into production. This means, I will personally make each and every unit. I prefer it this way; I will be able to ensure the highest possible quality, while adding my own artistic touch to each piece of walnut.
In my opinion, the only real risk is the fact that I am a college student, taking a medium course load this semester. The bulk of my course load is online, leaving me with ample time for this project. My studies are a priority, however I do not expect this to effect the project.
I fully expect KeyStache to ship out before mid-December.
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