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Self-framed planked wood panels for designs, prints, art and verse - yours! Kickstart our workshop for the big time.

The Plank Canvas Project and Story

My name is Jacqueline, and it’s true, we set out to build these for just my own designs and artwork.  It wasn’t until we began working with our first set of materials that we looked into each others' sawdust-covered eye protection and said, “It's no wonder these are impossible to find...you know, now that we can make them, we could make them for other people too!" 

Plank Canvas. Left in oak, near flawless, and flushed plank. Right in maple, proudly flawed, and gapped plank. For a closer view of gapping, see the verse example below.
Plank Canvas. Left in oak, near flawless, and flushed plank. Right in maple, proudly flawed, and gapped plank. For a closer view of gapping, see the verse example below.

At that point we had slowly equipped our workshop with a conglomeration of tools. When we realized the reasons why no one had done what we are proposing to you, we also realized we were the perfect team to fill the niche.  We had already worked through all of the challenges, one-by-one, and were already building planked panels!  With your help, we'll upgrade key tools to achieve perfect thicknesses and joints for a factory quality piece, and speed that will allow us to be a mainstay supplier- for the art supply industry and for you!  

Do you see that teeny tiny crack? It won't be there.

Edge joint- pre-perfection sample.
Edge joint- pre-perfection sample.

We'll be able to produce perfect joints, thicknesses, and edges every time...essentially making what we're already making, only better and faster!

That's the purpose of our project- to manufacture the first professional run of blank Plank Canvases from our own workshop. 

Our first run will be for our initial inventory and for your rewards: 

Plank Canvases for your art, verse, designs and prints!  That's where you come in!

By backing us, you’ll be saying that you’d like to see Plank Canvases produced, and by an American company at that. In turn, you’ll be getting some great backer stuff!  We’re offering exclusive backer prices and lots of levels for everyone -- from the kind well-wisher to the creative type with plans for that ginormous two story foyer.

The Plank Canvas Rewards

For Plank Canvases at any reward level, you'll be able to choose

  • oak or maple
  • near flawless wood or proudly flawed wood 
  • flushed planks or gapped planks
  • from 8 different sizes (all measurements are in feet) 1x1, 1.5x2, 2x2, 2x3, 3x3, 3x4, 4x4, and 4x5; or one custom size option --- see our highest reward level.

(Note: Your selections will be requested when the project closes and all backers are sent their backer surveys. More specs below.)

Left: oak grain close-up; Right: maple grain close-up
Left: oak grain close-up; Right: maple grain close-up

It's the new, old way.

Historically, wood panels were used before the traditional canvas became the norm...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panel_painting

...and have not been resurrected for artists (and other creative types) without their own workshops - until now!

If "Live, Laugh, Love" makes you sick, tired, and bored...

Create!

Now's your chance to have a Plank Canvas with something on it that is perfectly you, done by you!  Your panel is stainable, paintable, and sandable, so experiment!  I sand off mess-ups and you can too.

Perfect for original art or:

a favorite verse

Plank Canvas. Verse on weathered background.
Plank Canvas. Verse on weathered background.

  your own design

Plank Canvas. A kitchen piece- simple graphic on natural background.
Plank Canvas. A kitchen piece- simple graphic on natural background.

or turning a photo into a true piece of art...

Plank Canvas. Black and white photo on solid background.
Plank Canvas. Black and white photo on solid background.

If you're wondering about image transfer, here's a fun, short video that explains how - don't forget to experiment with photoshop for some neat effects too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NjYbAAQ4vw

We're offering exclusive pricing to our Kickstarter backers...

Essentially, we've discounted retail pricing approximately 50%, then estimated shipping; the net result is approximately a 25% discount with free shipping!

... and a fun way to spend Christmas day!

No after Christmas blues for that chic person on your list- their best gift will still be on the way. Make your selections whilst sipping cocoa on Christmas Day.

If you love these and believe there's lots more people with awesome work out there who may not have an awesome workshop, you can support us tremendously by spreading the word about our project:

like us or tweet us (at the top of this project page)

share us (by copying URL from our project and pasting it onto facebook)

AND pin us, at

http://www.pinterest.com/plankcanvas

You can also follow us on twitter and facebook:

https://twitter.com/plankcanvas 

http://www.facebook.com/plankcanvas

and check out the details on our other fun rewards...

Stickers and T-shirts, not just any ol'. 

T-shirts and stickers (3 inches round- suitable for bumpers or windows) with the design below and are a great way to send us some love and let people know how you roll.  T-shirts will be 100% cotton in light athletic gray printed in dark slate blue (sizes requested at project close).

 

Plank Canvas magnet, mini, t-shirt and sticker design.
Plank Canvas magnet, mini, t-shirt and sticker design.

 

Magnets and Minis

Fridge magnets (3 in. x 3 in.) and minis (6 in. x 6 in.) with the Plank Canvas design above (or choose 'no design' to receive a blank for your own creations) are black ink on a natural maple background with an edge like this:

Mini and magnet edge.
Mini and magnet edge.


Stretch Goals:

If we surpass our original goal for the workshop upgrades, we'll announce some stretch goals and incentives via updates, so look for them!

and now, Details Details Details- all below.

More on where we are now and what we’ll be doing to deliver as promised:

The first and best reason our team is qualified to, and you can trust that we can, produce these for you is because we are already producing them for us. We’re working with workshop tools that we purchased for our original plans and are still getting a panel that looks great!

Dividing one plank into two, in the workshop.
Dividing one plank into two, in the workshop.

Do we really need upgraded tools then? Yes. First, there's the issue of speed. See the saw in the picture above? It has to be manually fed and directed, which means it's very hard to get a perfect thickness all the way through and you have to take it through incredibly slowly. It's a great example to explain why, with most of our tools, it would be cost prohibitive to produce a panel at a reasonable price because of the number of hours it takes us just to make one. Then, there's consistency. With the new tools we can get a perfectly straight edge, perfectly even thickness, and perfectly flushed joints. Perfect. To offer the product to the marketplace, we have to meet the high quality standards of the marketplace; and we are excited and prepared to do that.

What we’ve done so far -

  • Design: We’ve worked through the design process and challenges- and chosen thicknesses, joinery, and materials. 
  •  Facilities: We’ve set up shop, studio, and business. We've purchased tools, blades, materials, and supplies.
The workshop.
The workshop.
  • Start-up work: We’ve identified suppliers. We've produced functional samples to showcase the various options available.
  • Upgrade design: We’ve worked with a seasoned consultant in a similar industry to identify the best equipment with which to upgrade our current workshop, and step into a role as a small and lean manufacturer. We've also identified equipment needed for subordinate functions: lighting, power, office, and packing; and written a detailed project plan for the workshop.
  • Financial: All of the above has been achieved without debt; Planked Art LLC operates on solid financial footing and will continue to do so with this new product and your help.
  • Reward fulfillment planning: To produce the rewards for Kickstarter Backers, we have a well planned out production schedule and an agreement in place with an overflow facility (in case of tremendous results) to ensure we meet reward delivery commitments.

Now, we just need one good solid swift kick to get us the rest of the way!

Three phases to delivery:

  • With a successfully funded project, we have a two - three week wait until funds are transferred. During that time we will prepare the workshop for the upgrades and collect backer surveys. We'll tailor our production plans and timeline with the survey specifics.
  • Upon receipt of funding we'll install the equipment upgrades and the added storage and workspace to allow for quick production, assembly and packaging. Full production will begin.
  • We'll pack, ship, and celebrate!

A bit more about us:  

Jacqueline is the founder of Planked Art LLC and the designer of the Plank Canvas. She is an Air Force veteran, artist, and entrepreneur and wants to bring the Plank Canvas to the world as a vehicle for serving other people, both directly and indirectly. Her bigger vision is to fund ministries to impoverished and neglected children. She brings 13 years of specification drafting, project management, and vendor coordination experience with her from the telecommunications industry. She handles general business operations and production at the company, functioning as a team leader along with husband, Cory.

All the Specs:

Each Plank Canvas includes 5 planks each of 2-3 varying widths (up to 12 inch wide planks), and is assembled with a self-framing edge. 

Edge depths are as follows:

magnets 1/4 inch (see edge pic above)

minis 1/2 inch (see edge pic above)

1 1/2 inches for 1x1 and 1.5 x2

1 ¾ inches for 2x2 and 2x3

2 inches for 3x3 and larger  

Construction is solid wood only and hardware only, no glue. (Glue will be used to adhere magnet to the fridge magnet only). Hanging hardware is still under evaluation (see ‘challenges’ section below).  

Pre-sanding is done, by request, on the backer survey. (Some prefer the rougher texture).

Maple species will vary. Flawed maple may be from a softer variety than clear maple. Maple has a mostly clear grain and is smooth. It takes paint and stain very well. Excellent for smooth and contemporary finishes- can pull off rustic as well.

Oak species is red oak.  Red oak has a lot more grain, visibly and texturally. Excellent for rough or rustic finishes- can pull off smooth and contemporary as well.

Proudly flawed options will show natural wood imperfections (knots, etc.) and possibly saw kerfs.

Sizes include the frame and are accurate within fractions of an inch.

Green, now and in the future: We are using locally sourced materials and are now seeking a FSC certified local source as a long term supplier. No glues are used in production.

Shipping is by UPS for the Plank Canvases, with delivery only available to the continental United States. Shipping of magnets, minis, t-shirts, and stickers will be via U.S. Mail.

Weight by size is comparable to antique framed mirrors and can be supported by standard hanging practices.

Hanging- the pieces mount flush to the wall.

 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks and challenges: We have backup suppliers and even production alternative agreements in place should any major supply or production issue be encountered.The primary challenge in production is going to be storage of materials and components, as we will take delivery of all materials at once. We plan on leasing a storage facility closeby short term for the initial materials; and will bring them to the workshop in batches. Inside the workshop we've accounted for component storage by designing and including additional racks in our project costs. One final preparation point is the selection of hanging hardware, which is under evaluation now. We have a sufficient amount of time to finish that research and selection.

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