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Help young minds build their ideas with a new product that shows children how organizing enables them to become better makers.
Help young minds build their ideas with a new product that shows children how organizing enables them to become better makers.
356 backers pledged $114,859 to help bring this project to life.

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The Makers Chest is a dynamic storage system for LEGO® bricks and toys. It cleans up the mess and helps reinforce organizational habits, teaching kids that, if everything has a place, it takes less time to find that perfect part.

The Maker's Chest holds all the gear for great and imaginative builds.
The Maker's Chest holds all the gear for great and imaginative builds.

The entire product is built in Wadsworth Ohio using a CNC router and UV flatbed printer. It features unique and beautiful voxel graphics printed directly to the wood that excites kids and helps close the gap between digital and real world creativity. It is constructed of the highest quality UV coated plywood and is built to last for generations. A Maker's Chest by Larscraft is fine furniture designed to take abuse and is an heirloom piece for any family. Toys get passed down to the next generation, and the Makers Chest will be there to keep those toys safe for your children's children.

NOTE:  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG.

Here's a quick overview of the pledge levels, but be sure to read on for more information on the features and background to how this product came to life.

Larscraft is a company conceptualized by eight year old entrepreneur Lars Gerding. Lars had an idea for an inventory system for his Legos, which he sketched out and wanted to build. The company was founded in 2015 based on Lars' idea. Lars and Christopher worked together using their combined creativity and engineering skills to develop the chest and kickstart the company.

Feature Overview  

  • Six removable trays with protective UV coating that allows parts to slide around easily. Each tray slides out from the chest and has two removable dividers for up to three rows of separation.
Six trays are removable and feature 2 dividers each.
Six trays are removable and feature 2 dividers each.
  • Dimensions are 18" x 18" x 36" (455mm x 455mm x 910mm), meaning it can hold A LOT of bricks or toys.
  • Two 100 Newton gas lifters allow the chest to open with ease and keep the lid from falling down during play time. Don't worry, it's still easy for a child to close the lid, but is impossible to slam down thanks to the innovate design.

Video: Lars demonstrating the magnetic latch and gas lifters at a local home and garden show.

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  • A unique magnetic latch that holds the lid in place when closed. Simply rotate the latch, and a "click" sounds as magnets disengage and allow the lid to open. Kids love it.
Magnetic latch releases the gas lifters for smooth opening.
Magnetic latch releases the gas lifters for smooth opening.
  • Large build platform is strategically placed under the lid for children to play with their creations. Finally, a place to set those prized builds and keep them safe from little sister's destructive Godzilla hands, and keep them off the floor where parents step on them with bare feet. Anyone who has stepped on a Lego brick barefoot knows this is a big deal.
3 year old Alexis loves to play on the Maker's Chest build platform
3 year old Alexis loves to play on the Maker's Chest build platform
  • Simply gorgeous Garneka birch is high quality wood; you won't find this plywood in you local home improvement store. Larscraft wood is voidless on all edges, which means the core is beautiful and longer lasting than imported materials. It's harder to machine because of the material density, but the result is worth the extra effort. There is a UV clear coat on the inside faces.  This makes it easy to clean and protects the surface from spills and hand oils.
  • Parts are hand selected and printed. Prints are handled and assembled individually and with great care, resulting in an incredible build with stunning art that still shows the woodgrain. This is a time intensive and expensive process but we believe the result speaks for itself. Simply beautiful, durable, fine furniture.

Video: Lars sorting printed parts for the original prototype. Notice that back then he was a good boy and let us get his hair cut!

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  • Tongue and groove assembly. All walls are precision machined with slots that eliminate errors in assembly and make for a stronger build. All panels are press fit to ensure that every part is in the exact place, then glued and screwed. We take the extra time and steps to make the cabinet strong, and build it with pride right here in the USA.
  • Cabinet edges are protected with commercial grade T-molding that outlasts all other edge treatments. It is far superior to edge banding and its curved surface offers comfort and cushioning during use. T-molding is expensive and labor intensive to install, but we believe the results are key to having a functional children's chest that will last for generations.
Black T-molding is beautiful, comfortable, and will last for generations.
Black T-molding is beautiful, comfortable, and will last for generations.
  • Optional figure showcase holds 132 Lego-compatible mini-figures. The showcase can be installed on the wall or the underside of the Makers Chest lid. The figures do not fall when the lid is closed thanks to the optional Lego-compatible bricks in each compartment (Lego figures not included).
The Figure Display is beautiful and helps you keep track of all your favorite mini-figures.
The Figure Display is beautiful and helps you keep track of all your favorite mini-figures.

Since its early conception, Larscraft has grown into something greater than itself. As a company, Larscraft is grounded on a strong foundation of high ideals. At Larscraft, we believe that all small things are capable of achieving greatness if provided the right tools and encouragement. We want to show the children of the world that engineering can be fun and interesting. We want children to be unafraid to explore their potentials, whatever they may be.

Lars and Dad building the figure showcase
Lars and Dad building the figure showcase

Everything that is done at Larscraft is a reflection of our core values, namely mentorship, creativity, education, the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects, and fun. Larscraft encourages children and their mentors to explore, create, learn, and grow. By doing so we believe the children of the next generation will be well equipped to deal with the issues posed against the world of tomorrow.

In addition to toy chests and relevant accessories, Larscraft aims to uphold its values by holding events in the Northeast Ohio community that encourage children to explore, build, and create. Through the facilitation of these events we hope that children will come to see themselves as young makers.

Lars soldering components to build a Tesla coil
Lars soldering components to build a Tesla coil

This company was founded because an eight year-old had an idea that he wanted to make a reality. This dream was realized through mentorship, creativity, education, the promotion of STEM subjects, and fun. We hope to be a driving force for the dreams of many children in the future. Larscraft is the embodiment of a dream come to life. We hope to set an example for all the little dreamers out there.

Video: Lars operating the UV flatbed printer to print his artwork to the surface of the birch material. Please note how the beautiful woodgrain still shows through.

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The Larscraft Maker's Chest is also great for dolls and action figures.
The Larscraft Maker's Chest is also great for dolls and action figures.

  

Figure showcase mounts on the wall or in the Maker's Chest, and can be purchased separately.
Figure showcase mounts on the wall or in the Maker's Chest, and can be purchased separately.

 

How many Lego figures do YOU have?
How many Lego figures do YOU have?

Please review our pledge levels and thanks for looking!  Please tell your friends!

 

 "LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product".

Risks and challenges

We know everything involved in making this product and I am confident we will be able to deliver in the promised timelines. We are controlling the production by limiting the number of units available just to ensure no backer is disappointed.
We have access to the CNC machines and production space required to do this work through our family business. Please understand that my son and I are doing this as a project together. As a father I simply will not allow a successfully funded campaign based on his ideas not deliver fully to its promises (unless I get hit by a bus). So the only way there is going to be a delay is if dad gets hit by a bus. Good news, we live in the country and there are no buses.
I just read this to my wife and she says if I get hit by a bus she will make sure we deliver.

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    Our sincere thanks for helping us build young minds. With this support we will add your name to our website and keep you in the loop on all progress with Larscraft and this campaign.

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    Thanks and a shirt for your back! Our sincere thanks for helping us build young minds. With this support we will add your name to our website and keep you in the loop on all progress with Larscraft and this campaign and send you a Larscraft Makers Shirt!

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    Get one Larscraft Figure Display of your very own! Hangs on the wall with included hardware and holds up to 132 figures. Add Lego compatible pieces for $20 more. Some assembly required, but that's the fun part!

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    Get one Larscraft Figure Display of your very own! Hangs on the wall with included hardware and holds up to 132 figurines or items. Lego compatible bricks not included. If you want more than one, just add $55 for each and the shipping will stay the same! Also includes a Larscraft T-shirt in your selected size.

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    Get one Larscraft Figure Display of your very own! Includes 132 lego compatible pieces as well so that you can show off your mini-figure collection. Want more than one? Add $75 for each and the shipping stays the same! Also includes a Larscraft T-shirt in your selected size.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD ELITE EDITION. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest at a great value because you were first in line. Add a figure display for $55, or $20 more to come with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces.

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    MAKERS CHEST ELITE EDITION. Pledge at this level and get a Makers Chest Elite Edition of your very own. Add $55 for each Figure Display, and $20 for 132 Lego compatible bases (up to 3 figure displays maximum per Makers Chest).

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD ELITE BUNDLE, limited quantity. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest Elite Edition with the Figure Display fully loaded with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces. Backers in this group will be the first to receive their reward. Only 8 available because that's how old Lars is this year. Add $55 for each additional figure display and $20 per 132 mini-figure blocks.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD ELITE BUNDLE, limited quantity. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest Elite Edition with the Figure Display fully loaded with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces. Backers in this group will be the first to receive their reward. If you want more than one unit simply add $365 per unit and save on shipping. Also includes a Larscraft T-shirt in your selected size.

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    EARLY BIRD ELITE BUNDLE, limited quantity. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest Elite Edition with the Figure Display fully loaded with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces. If you want more than one unit simply add $365 per unit and save on shipping. Also includes a Larscraft T-shirt in your selected size.

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    MAKER'S CHEST INTERNATIONAL OR DOMESTIC PICKUP. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest Elite Edition with the Figure Display fully loaded with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces. Back at this level if you would like to make your own arrangements for pickup. The Maker's Chest ships at 20" x 20" x 38" and is 60lbs. You can stop by our factory in Wadsworth Ohio or arrange with us to have the chest shipped by your carrier. If you back at this level and find out later that the shipping is too high, we will refund your money. We will also quote shipping for you so you can compare your rates to ours.

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    INTERNATIONAL/ALASKA/HAWAII SHIPPING OPTION MAKERS CHEST ELITE EDITION. Get one fully assembled Makers Chest Elite Edition with the Figure Display fully loaded with 132 Lego compatible mini-figure pieces. Also includes a Larscraft T-shirt in your selected size. The Maker's Chest is huge at 20" x 20" x 38" and 60lbs for shipping. This pledge level allows you to order and have us coordinate the freight. The United States option is for Alaska and Hawaii. The other countries listed reflect the rates we were able to get from our carrier. If you have a carrier you prefer and would like to coordinate your own freight to save money, please use the "INTERNATIONAL PICKUP" pledge level. If your country is not listed below, please inquire.

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    MAKERS CHEST ELITE DISPLAY BUNDLE. Pledge at this level and get a Makers Chest Elite Edition of your very own including the Figure Display and 132 Lego compatible pieces.

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