Paint! And Table Tour! (loooong video)
10 days ago
– Sun, May 12, 2019 at 08:14:33 PM
I'm currently in Guangzhuo, which is very far south of Datong, near Hong Kong. We're here checking on our shipping requirements for exporting to the US, and to get some final suppliers for parts (and get started on our next projects!).
I'll try to be around to answer messages, but won't have much time to spend on comments, sorry! If you have a major issue or question, shoot me a message and I'll try to get back to you in a timely fashion.
In the meantime, here's a hefty video walkthrough of the tables AND a conversation about paint! The long and short of it is that for the black and white tables, we use a paint, and for the light and dark natural tables, we apply a stain, then all tables are covered with 3-4 coats of a protective PU spray. Hope this helps, and please lmk if you have more questions based on this info (I am just repeating what I learned, so am probably missing some important info).
Thanks guys, and talk to you again soon!
EDIT: For those asking, final products (like legs and leaves) will be added at or just after the end of my trip, which is on the 25th. You will all have time to review the new products and pictures that use final materials before the PM Closes. ~N
Some FAQs and Some News (April Update #1)
about 2 months ago
– Sat, Mar 30, 2019 at 01:38:07 AM
April's update is mostly going to be answering some common questions and giving an update of what's going on over the next couple of weeks.
Regarding Messaging Wooded Realms
We have successfully cleared our backlog of messages! Moving forward I will do my best to keep that queue cleared out, with a 48hr response time. In order to help us do this, please note the following: The best way to reach us is via Kickstarter or BackerKit messaging. This is where I will focus on responding and acting on questions or requests. I've also received some messages via the Facebook and Instagram messages; I've responded to the most recent ones and marked everything else as "done." I'll continue to monitor them, but they will be lower priority.
Info for Failed Payment Backers and Folks Who Can't Find Their Survey
There is a small number of folks whose payments failed after the Kickstarter ended. For those folks, I wanted to let you know that you can still receive your table at KS prices by filling out the survey, and making your payment through the BackerKit payment processor. This is actually beneficial to us, as the fees are lower through BackerKit.
If you need your survey sent to you again, here is the link: https://www.backerkit.com/are_you_a_backer Just search for 2nd Breakfast, and click on the link. I can also trigger a reset of your survey if you have trouble with this link.
Some More Details On the Discount Codes For Local Pickup
Just as an FYI, There is no action required on your part to receive a discount code to remove shipping charges if you are doing local pickup. After the locations are determined, and you decide whether local pickup is right for you, we will begin sending out codes to those who have chosen it.
Speaking of Shipping, if you still have your address set to CX (Christmas Island), please change it to the appropriate country. This will eliminate the crazy high shipping charge.
Pre-Order Folks Who Want to Edit Their Orders
If you pre-ordered a table through the BackerKit store and you can't figure out where to go to edit your order, you may need to create a BackerKit account. Go here: https://www.backerkit.com/backer_accounts/sign_up and enter the email address you provided when you made your initial order. This will create an account that you can use to view and edit your orders.
A Note About Politeness In Messages
I always appreciate the messages that folks send me, you have all be very positive and happy to be part of the campaign, and I love hearing that! Even folks with unresolved issues, or who didn't hear back in a reasonable time were very friendly and respectful, and I thank you all for that! However, in an attempt to keep my message queue manageable, once an issue is resolved or a question is answered, I will send a message to let you know, or confirm, but if you reply to say "thank you" or "understood" or something similar, I do read these responses, but I won't always reply. So if you send me a thank you message and I don't respond, I'm not intentionally being rude, just trying to keep my inbox from filling up. Thanks for understanding!
What's going on in April
With Michael having flown back to China, and my trip to China set for April 23rd, we're spending time now preparing to get pictures up and new items in the store. While here, I'm working on securing workshop space for our demo tables and upcoming products. I'm also working on the accounting side of things.
For those who are interested in video games (my other passion), I am hosting my monthly video game pub quiz, The Question Block, at Hounds Tooth in Greenwood (21+). No WR stuff, just me, a dozen pinball machines, and a bunch of video game questions. Also, if you happen to be going to Sakura-Con this month at the Seattle Convention Center, you can find me (or at least my collection of retro games and consoles) in the console retro room all weekend. Again, no Wooded Realms stuff, but if you'd like to stop by either event and say hi, I'd be more than happy to meet more backers!
A Survey Is Coming Soon
Lastly, we want to start locking down orders so we can get some cash flow between now and the final PM Closure. If you are planning on having your table shipped OR picked up in the Seattle area, are not interested in the additional items we haven't listed yet (extra table legs, acrylic leaves, additional cup holders/shelves), and would like to help us begin the next phase of manufacturing, we'd love to hear from you! We'd like to lock down around 40-50 orders before April 23rd. If you're interested, please message me here. I will also be sending a survey out to everyone to gauge interest.
Ok I think that's it for now! Talk to you guys in a couple weeks!