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Baltic birch + no-tool assembly - there when you need it, away when you don't. A simple bench designed to encourage progress.
Baltic birch + no-tool assembly - there when you need it, away when you don't. A simple bench designed to encourage progress.
Baltic birch + no-tool assembly - there when you need it, away when you don't. A simple bench designed to encourage progress.
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The bench - it's an everyday piece of furniture designed for work, waiting, thinking or simply propping up your feet. You'll find them in most workshops, a park, at a baseball field, out in a back yard. The bench is probably one of the hardest-working pieces of furniture ever invented, and we thought it would be a great starting point for a new line of thoughtful furniture!

A fresh take on the familiar bench

There is no single design for a bench – each is unique, designed for it’s intended purpose, usually built from materials on hand with a minimum of planning. Our goal was to create one that is built with best materials, looks great, is ideal when needed but can be quickly tucked away when not. We wanted it to look great and have precise fits with simple, no-tool assembly.

The Midl 1 & 2 bench are the first in a family of thought, well-designed furniture pieces that work well anywhere. They're designed to be useful everyday, any place, for just about anything you can imagine.

Our goal for Midl: to become the most-used piece of furniture in your life!

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Specifications

The Midl bench is crafted from ¾” (19mm) Baltic Birch plywood with 13 plys of cross-laminated birch veneer. Sometimes referred to as Aircraft-grade for its use in planes, Baltic Birch is engineered to have no internal voids or air pockets, making it stronger then standard plywood or even solid birch of the same thickness. It resists warping, curling or separating in a wide range of conditions. Midl benches are finished in a satin urethane - built to last and look great along the way!

Midl components are milled with a CNC router, assuring precision cuts and snug friction fits. It can be assembled in seconds and knocked down just as quick to be tucked away under a couch or in a closet. It's sturdy when needed but compact when not - perfect for small spaces or apartments.

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Work surface, play surface

While Midl makes a great table, an extra seat, or an occasional foot rest, it’s built for work. The top is reversible - one side can be dedicated to rough, heavy-duty project activity but be quickly flipped for more leisurely, social functions. One bench, 2 personalities!

Having a set of Midl benches around makes for perfect extra seating when needed for a party or group get together, and can work great the back yard, in the park or out camping.

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No tool assembly

That's right, no tools needed. No stubby little wrenches or odd pieces of hardware to keep track of - easier then Ikea!

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A November 9th project

While we put alot of thought into all of our projects, Midl is a personal one for us. The idea for the Midl bench showed up the morning of November 9th, that day when it was clear that there was no longer means for people in the US to productively move forward. Deeply divided with all of the bridges burned, there was no path for the practical among us to make progress.

Our creative response is Midl, a bench designed for teams of one -  to encourage contemplation, individual conversations, impromptu face to face meetings or group discussions ...anything that might help identify common ground and make meaningful progress. It's a Purple idea for an intensely Red v.s. Blue world.

Can a simple, well-made bench help start dialog? We hope so...

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Project schedule

We have done our homework, have made first prototypes on the machines we will eventually use and are ready to start production the minute the project ends.

Shipping schedules are always the toughest to predict without knowing exactly how many pieces we'll be producing - but we’re certain we will be able to BEGIN shipping in June.

So far, we have had 100% success with our planning - all of our past projects shipped on time. We have a system that seems to work!

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Shipping + International

Since this is our first product of this scale (weight, size of box, customs value), we have decided to make it available initially to the US and Canada only. Note that Midl benches are 8 lbs (3.6kg) for Midl 1 and 9 lbs (4kg) for Midl 2. Still interested? Contact us directly at info@onehundred.co and we can calculate shipping costs to your location for you.

Our default shipping method through our shipping partner will be via UPS, it's the most affordable option. Please choose an shipping address where you can receive packages during the day, since we will need to charge for any re-shipping on returned packages.

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Risks and challenges

While we have alot of manufacturing experience, this is our first mass-produced furniture piece. As always, we've lined up back-up resources in case we need to make a switch or add capacity The biggest risk to shipping on the stated delivery date, as always, is their production capacity or scheduling of other work at the time of our actual order.

For those of you who are new to our projects, we have a lot of product development and crowdfunding community experience; communicate often. All 11 of our previous Kickstarter projects have shipped on time, 100% drama free.

We've always taken very good care of our backers - your pledge is in very good hands!

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