About this project
It's finally time for a fresh run of laser engraved skateboards.
Magnetic Kitchen is a laser cutting and design studio in NYC. We do all sorts of laser cutting and engraving work for a wide range of applications and clients. Formed from a tight group of friends, Magnetic Kitchen takes pride in pushing the technical and creative boundaries of our industries.
What is a laser engraved skateboard you ask? Laser engraving is a high tech process that uses super powerful light (a laser) to apply art to the board instead of the conventional method of laminating the board with a printed graphic. To accomplish this the laser burns away a small layer of wood that creates an awesome embossed effect that you can see and feel while allowing the grain of the board to show through.
Ever since we started out lasering things we've been producing laser etched skateboards for friends and family no matter where our other work has taken us. It has been a long time since we have released new designs, but never fear we have been crafting new designs in the depths of the night. So here is your chance to get them!
We are offering all of these new designs to you, right now. The point of this Kickstarter is to earn the funds to pay for a full run of each of these deck designs.
The following decks are available right now: (More may be added as the campaign progresses!)
As we reach certain points throughout the campaign we will be releasing additional designs and perks added to backers of $10 or more.
Mystery Deck Designs - Five new designs that will be released throughout the campaign.
Bonus I - Magnetic Kitchen Patch Set: All backers will receive a free iron on patch set featuring our logo with their order.
Bonus II - Pool Board Upgrade: All backers of $60 or more will have the option to upgrade their design to a Pool Board.
Bonus III - Personalization Upgrade: All backers of $60 or more will have the option to have their board personalized with their name.
The Ultimate Stealth Bonus - Black Lacquer Upgrade: All backers of $60 or more will have the option to upgrade their deck to a black lacquer finish.
With your support, every dollar we get from this Kickstarter will be used to fulfill the rewards of this drive and fund full production for each of the deck designs.
If we reach our $10,000 goal, we will be able to break even on fulfilling your pledges. If that's all we get from this, then that's fine: you get unique, quality decks, and we get the experience of creating them for you and getting them in your hands.
Given the chance beyond that, the remaining funds will go toward getting the new decks introduced into the Magnetic Kitchen store and beyond. If we don't get enough to completely stock all decks we'll choose the most popular from this campaign first.
All our decks are made in the USA out of top quality 7 ply hard rock maple. For this campaign we are using one size skateboard deck that measures 31.5 x 8 inches (it's the most demanded).
The finished boards DO NOT include trucks, wheels or grip tape. We feel these things have a high level of personal preference and add potentially unnecessary cost for you. If you need help with this, your local skate shop will be more then happy to get you set up and rolling. Some things may just be too good to ride though...
A big thanks goes out to all who have supported our skateboard endeavor in the past- we wouldn't be here without you.
Risks and challenges
Every project has its own potential risks and challenges. Here are ours and what we are doing about them: First, board supply. Ordering quality skateboard blanks and having them arrive in a timely manner can be a bit of a trick when you are just a small shop working in limited batches. To deal with this we have used and vetted many manufactures and have finally found a supplier that is local, run by a bunch of cool people, and most importantly reliable to deliver any quantity of boards for us to engrave.
The last potential issue is machine break down, this can delay a production process. While maintenance is not inevitable, our shop has invested in the highest industrial quality machine for all our laser work and it is a beast! It's also backed by a professional team ensuring that it won't be down for any long length of time.
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