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The Soto is a wall mounted board rack for skateboard, snowboards and more. It comes in different sizes to hold all of your boards.
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You can now see the product at http://obrary.com/soto

31 Jul 14 - Thank you all for making our first Kickstarter a success!

We did this project, our first Kickstarter, in July 2014.  We successfully funded the campaign and shipped out the rewards quickly after the campaign closed.

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About Obrary and Digital Manufacturing

The economies of scale for mass production are well understood.  And mass production brings us many products.  But there is a long tail of desired products that are not mass produced.  They are either custom-built or don't get built at all.  And custom-built usually means expensive.  So in aggregate, there is a large demand for products that go unfilled either because the current custom-product is too expensive or no one is making the product at all.

Product Demand Long Tail
Product Demand Long Tail

At Obrary, we are developing manufacturing techniques that can fill the need of the long tail cost effectively.  We are committed to fostering open design and creating beautiful, high quality and durable products that people want but aren't readily available today. We see a world filled with free and openly available designs for products that are created by the community to fill their particular needs. Whether it's a storage solution, furniture, fashion accessory or a unique tool, we can build across a nearly limitless range of sizes and in a variety of materials to make just about anything . . . Today.

To make this more cost effective and scalable, Obrary is focusing on improving the current inefficiencies in the economics of small batch processing. We're using our knowledge of Product Development, Agile Software Engineering and Digital Manufacturing to significantly reduce costs associated with producing tangible products from digital designs. We've identified that the tools and standards exist today -- what is missing is the software to pull it all together cost effectively.

In order to do this we're creating a digital production pipeline that focuses specifically on small batch manufacturing where we can drive the creation of open designs and deliver products leveraging readily available materials. With this just-in-time batch model, manufacturing happens closer to the demand source and reduces the need for transportation and storage. It also provides a model to spread out the costs that are typically fixed and currently present the most significant barrier to entry for new, small volume products.

We've been validating and improving these manufacturing processes on a variety of products, and have chosen the Soto, a wall-mounted board rack to demonstrate our capabilities and provide you with a great product.  

About the Soto

The Soto fills a very specific need that many people have, a place to put all of their boards.  We decided on a wall mounted rack as it provides much more strength than a floor mounted rack.  Also, you can put the rack as high as you want on the wall and free up your valuable floor space.  The Soto is made from high quality hardwoods which are a sustainable resource.  It is beautiful (or as beautiful as any storage rack can be) to see and touch.  You'll feel the quality.  It will easily hold many types of boards, from a standard skateboard to a large mountain board and everything in between.  It is cut on a computer controlled router which provides precision and quality.  The lines are arrow straight and the curves are perfect.  They are then hand assembled and finished.

The Soto is made from an elegantly simple design that allows it to be configured for any number of boards.  You can choose the number of boards that you want your rack to hold.  Here's some examples:

Soto4 - hold 4 boards
Soto4 - hold 4 boards
Soto6 - holds 6 boards
Soto6 - holds 6 boards
Soto8 - holds 8 boards
Soto8 - holds 8 boards

The dimension of the various Soto models are shown below. Each bay is large enough to hold skis, longboards, skateboards, snowboards and more.

Heights of different sized Sotos
Heights of different sized Sotos

The Soto is designed to hold many different kinds of boards including:

Skateboards
Skateboards
Longboards
Longboards
Snowboards
Snowboards
Wakeboards
Wakeboards
Skiis
Skiis
Mountain Boards
Mountain Boards
And many more!
And many more!

Here's a video of our CNC router at work.  The computer allows us to create complex shapes with high accuracy.

 Here's a video showing how easy it is to assemble your Soto.  This video shows the assembly of a Soto8.  Assembly of the Soto4 and Soto6 is very similar.

 And here's a video that discusses how to mount your Soto on the wall.

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Here's what our Obrary t-shirts look like:

Obrary T-Shirt
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 Why Kickstarter?

We are doing this Kickstarter project to get enough orders at one time so that we can do a batch run of the Soto racks.  Doing a batch run will improve our efficiency in a number of areas including:

  • cost savings from volume discounts for larger orders of supplies
  • the amount of pieces that we can get from each board of wood that we cut, so we'll use our materials more efficiently
  • doing a batch run will help us be more efficient with our time

All of these efficiencies allow us to present the Soto at a great price for you.

Risks and challenges

We're confident that if this project gets funded, we'll be able to fulfill all orders.

Parts and raw materials are readily available. We have access to a shop with a computer controlled router to precision cut the wood. We just need enough volume to do the run.

Our risk are as follows:

Ship date: The date will depend on how many Sotos are ordered. If we get more orders than we can handle in a reasonable amount of time, we will out source some of the cutting work to local CNC shops that we've worked with in the past, so that we can get your Soto to you in a timely fashion.

Product changes: We always appreciate feedback and would love to hear what you think of the Soto and improvements you might suggest.

Wood Quality: Wood is a natural product and therefore has inconsistencies. Even though we will only be working with furniture grade high quality wood, each Soto will be slightly different.

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    Early Bird - Soto4. Get our wall mounted rack that fits 4 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc. As one of the first people ordering a rack, your rack goes to the top of our production list. The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Soto4. Get our wall mounted rack that fits 4 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc.The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Early Bird - Soto6. Get our wall mounted rack that fits 6 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc. As one of the first people ordering a rack, your rack goes to the top of our production list. The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Soto6. Get our wall mounted rack that fits 6 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc.

    Shipping in the US is included in the price. The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Early Bird - Soto8, I've got plenty of boards! Get our wall mounted rack that fits a whopping 8 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc. As one of the first people ordering a rack, your rack goes to the top of our production list. The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Soto8, I've got plenty of boards! Get our wall mounted rack that fits a whopping 8 boards. Hold all of your skateboards, mountain boards, long boards, snowboards, etc.

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    Soto∞. Name the number of boards you want your rack to hold! Got more or less boards than the 4, 6 and 8 options shown? Tell us the number of boards you want to hold (limited to 16 boards) and we'll make the Soto to that size just for you. Shipping in the US is included in the price. The rack is shipped flat packed and assembly is required.

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    Soto8MQ, museum quality. You'll get our flagship 8 board Soto rack. But then we go over the top finishing it for you. We'll ship you a completely assembled and finished rack. It will include our normal finishing process plus our premium finishing process which includes: 1) staining the rack in a color of your choosing. 2) sealing the rack so that it will last for years to come. 3) full assembly. All you need to do is take it out of the box, mount it on the wall and show it off to your friends.

    Oh yeah, and did we mention that your rack will be at the front of line and ship before all of the others?

    Also comes with one of our premium t-shirts in the size of your choosing.

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