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Plate & Board: A New Way to Serve

Create an entirely new dining experience while you keep your knives sharp and your plates free from damage. Learn more at www.plateandboard.com and stay connected with Plate & Board on Facebook and Twitter (@plateandboard).

What is Plate & Board?

Plate & Board (patent pending) is a custom ceramic plate with a unique recessed area designed to securely hold a removable cutting board. 

A steak dinner--the original inspiration for Plate & Board
A steak dinner--the original inspiration for Plate & Board
Plate & Board places a high-quality cutting board in front of everyone at the table, allowing them to enjoy a meal in a new and different way.
Plate & Board places a high-quality cutting board in front of everyone at the table, allowing them to enjoy a meal in a new and different way.
The integrated cutting board keeps knives sharp and plates damage free!
The integrated cutting board keeps knives sharp and plates damage free!
The cutting board fits into a recessed area in the plate, holding it steady while still allowing it to be removed for cleaning.
The cutting board fits into a recessed area in the plate, holding it steady while still allowing it to be removed for cleaning.
  • The ceramic plate is dishwasher and microwave safe and will last for decades. 
  • The removable bamboo or plastic cutting board provides a knife-safe surface for cutting and can be removed for easy cleaning. 
  • Plate & Board is offered with bamboo or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic cutting boards.

Why Would Someone Want Plate & Board?

No more dull knives, tarnished plates, and the dreaded "Nails on Chalkboard" screeches while cutting. On top of the practical reasons, it also feels really nice to cut on a cutting board while seated at the table.   

Not just for meat eaters! We would never use our best knives on a ceramic or glass cutting board, so why do we use our steak knives on plates?
Not just for meat eaters! We would never use our best knives on a ceramic or glass cutting board, so why do we use our steak knives on plates?
  • Protect your knives from dulling by only cutting on the knife-safe surface. 
  • Save your plates from the metal scarring caused by knives and forks during cutting. 
  • Enhance your dining experience by giving everyone at the table their own personal cutting board. 
  • Let your guests prep meals exactly as they like them on their own plates. 
  • Remove the board and finicky eaters can keep foods separated.
Finicky eaters? Remove the board to keep runny foods separated.
Finicky eaters? Remove the board to keep runny foods separated.
Sushi? Why not!
Sushi? Why not!
Chinese BBQ pork and spicy mustard? Yes, please.
Chinese BBQ pork and spicy mustard? Yes, please.
Cleaning your plate is more satisfying than ever with Plate & Board!
Cleaning your plate is more satisfying than ever with Plate & Board!

Options

Plate & Board will be available with 6 color/material options:

  • White Plate/Bamboo Board
  • White Plate/White Plastic Cutting Board
  • White Plate/Black Plastic Cutting Board
  • Black Plate/Bamboo Board
  • Black Plate/White Plastic Cutting Board
  • Black Plate/Black Plastic Cutting board

All selections will be made after the campaign has ended successfully.

Concept to Prototype

The idea for Plate and Board came about over a steak dinner at my parents' house. As I started sawing away at my perfectly-done steak with a dull steak knife, I thought about how we work so hard to protect our chef's knives by only using them on cutting boards, yet we carelessly use our steak knives on the brutally hard surface of a plate without thinking twice! I pictured a plate with an integrated cutting board and just like that, the idea was born.

I could see the idea in my head, and took to the computer to sketch it out in 2 dimensions.

Initial sketches of Plate & Board
Initial sketches of Plate & Board

I'm fortunate enough to have a brother who works as a CAD designer, so I passed my sketches on to him and he turned them into these fantastic 3D renderings.

3D Rendering, Top Surface
3D Rendering, Top Surface
3D Rendering, Bottom Surface
3D Rendering, Bottom Surface

For a physical prototype, I decided to get my hands dirty. I've worked with ceramics before and understood the basic principles of mold making and slip casting. This seemed like the obvious approach, so I went to it.

Mold making (Using a standard plate for the basic shape).
Mold making (Using a standard plate for the basic shape).
Completed mold, curing before final cleaning.
Completed mold, curing before final cleaning.

From that mold, I was able to create prototypes, like the one shown below and in all of the photos taken for Plate & Board. The board was created on a vintage radial arm saw with a reciprocating saw attachment, a router table, some sandpaper, and a little elbow grease.

Plate & Board Prototype
Plate & Board Prototype

How will production take place for Plate & Board?

While my method for creating prototypes got the job done, there's no way to go into large scale production using this method. I've partnered with a ceramics manufacturer that can produce thousands of pieces a day using an industrial, ram press method. We've connected with a local Pacific Northwest manufacturing facility to create the cutting boards. They will be cut on a massive CNC router, 120 pieces at a time. With these two partnerships already in place, it's just a matter of giving the green light, seeing first articles of each, QC inspecting them, then getting rolling on production. 

As for the production timeline, the main factor is getting the ceramics from the manufacturer. From the time I say go, it will take roughly 30 days before I can see our first article. If all looks good, there will be a 90-day production time, followed by freight time. To be safe, I'm figuring on 120 days, or four months. This assumes the sample arrives exactly as I anticipate and there are no delays. 

The timeline for the cutting board production is much less than the plates, so they will be ready and waiting for the plates to be completed. Once both items are finished, it will be a matter of compiling the orders and shipping them out. Depending on the number of backers the project has, this may require additional help, and I have a team of friends and family ready to join in. If it becomes successful enough, we'll hire additional staff to make things happen quickly. 

When it comes to a delivery date, to account for possible edits to the design after we see the first sample and any delays that may occur, I'm setting the goal for shipping on these to October.

Who created Plate & Board?

I've spent most of my life trying to create things that I find interesting, original, and in at least some way, useful. I've managed to pull this project together with the much appreciated help and support from some family and friends. Plate & Board is my second Kickstarter project, following up on a successfully-funded project, which is currently in production. I'm a huge fan of Kickstarter, having backed several projects myself and am grateful to be a part of this fantastic community!

-Josh Bechtel, Designer

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Why $30,000? Where does that money go?

$30,000 was chosen as the goal because it ensures the project's success, meaning all fees are covered, the product is produced at an affordable price, and I am able to turn what is currently a provisional patent into a non-provisional patent. Here's the breakdown:

  • $3,000: Kickstarter/Amazon Payments fees.
  • $11,000-13,000: Fulfilling the minimum orders from our suppliers.
  • $8,000-10,000: Patent fees, administrative fees, legal fees, etc.
  • $3,000-5,000: Internal production & processing, shipping, etc.
Plate & Board (board removed) getting down & dirty with some pan-bacon-cakes. Bacon cooked right into the center of the pancake!
Plate & Board (board removed) getting down & dirty with some pan-bacon-cakes. Bacon cooked right into the center of the pancake!

THANK YOU!

Kickstarter and backers like you make projects like this possible. Whether you back Plate & Board or not, I thank you for taking the time to check it out and for sharing Plate & Board with your friends!

Cheers!

Josh Bechtel

www.plateandboard.com
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Risks and challenges

I understand that every Kickstarter project will face obstacles. Fortunately for Plate & Board, the obstacles are minor. It's entirely possible that I may have difficulties getting our ceramic factory to produce the plates in a timely manner. If this is the case, I have alternate factories lined up. The same is true for our cutting board supplier. The raw materials are easy to come buy and there are many shops capable of creating the design I'd need with relatively rapid turnaround times.

The key in any case, I believe, is transparency. Being up front about any challenges I face as they come up and keeping backers updated on the status at every major turn is key. Resourcefulness is one of my strong points and I'll have no problem resolving any obstacles I cross along the way and will enjoy sharing the challenges and solutions with backers!

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    Cutting Board Only: A single-serving sized cutting board. The exact one used for the Plate & Board works as a small, standalone cutting board or a backup/replacement! Free shipping to the US.

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    EARLY ADOPTER'S SPECIAL! Single-Piece Set: Includes one (1) board and one (1) plate. Act quickly to get yours! Free shipping to the US.

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