TOME OF HOLDING: The hardwood dice box and rolling tray.

Created by Alexander Ingram

Intricate designs appear carved into the cover of this old tome. What mysteries might lie inside?

Latest Updates from Our Project:

January!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 11:37:35 PM

Hello Backers!

I hope you all had a good holiday season and have gotten into the swing of 2020 so far. 

I took a couple of weeks off around Christmas and New Years to re-arrange and tidy up the shop as well as get some maintenance done on the machines. 

The glue fixture I have been using up until now was slowly dying; taking longer and longer to get the units in the correct way with the right force.   I designed a new version and will have one up and running tomorrow with another ideally up by next weekend. 

So unfortunately, I haven't been mailing out a ton of units since a little before Christmas.  I have been cutting artwork and all that good stuff and have about 50 orders worth, in the 160 - 210 area, waiting to get glued up.  Which will start tomorrow. 

I typically exhibit at GaryCon at the end of March but canceled it this year due to me still being so far behind.  Slowing things down for 4 - 6 weeks to build up stock for it didn't seem like the best idea. 

As always, feel free to email me at alex@ingramwoodworking.com for any questions you may have. 

Alex

November!
3 months ago – Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 01:38:03 AM

Hey there, backers!

It's been unseasonably like winter up here in there north and I'm not a fan. 

Gamehole Con was a good time, thanks to everyone that showed up!  I gave out about 17lbs of candy and 3lbs of dice to all the small ghosts and goblins running around the con on Halloween. 

The owlbear didn't hex anyone too badly.

Production and shipping

Some tomes went out earlier this past week and some went out yesterday (Saturday).   I've got another pile (below) to flock this week and they should be going out early next week at the latest.  Everyone under 150 should have theirs by the end of the month.  Parts for the next large portion are being cut out and will begin getting assembled in the shop this week.

Just got magnets and are headed off for one last coat of lacquer. Then flocking and shipping.
Inner pages forming.

Flocking dust cabinet

With all the flocking I do it's been making quite a mess.   I built a cabinet to capture the overspray of the flocking and act as a drying rack for the tomes as well after they're flocked.  MDF is a wonderful thing.  

Where the work gets done.
Old box fan repurposed.
Drying rack.

That's about all I've got at the moment.  Feel free to message me on here or email me with any questions at Alex@ingramwoodworking.com

October!
4 months ago – Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 03:30:00 AM

Hello, backers!

I hope the chilly wetness that is fall hasn't found you like it has found us here in the north. 

The 20 a week wasn't quite achieved -  It was more like 10.   A couple waves of sickness went through the house, some components had to get restocked and general life got in the way.   So it goes sometimes.  I'm still hopeful of cranking them out faster. 

Backers 100-150, and some other stragglers, are either sitting behind me awaiting a good flocking or making their way through the shop.  I'm currently printing out orders pack lists for backers 151-250 and will start cutting artwork for those tomorrow. 

I'll try to be more regular with updates about orders shipping and the general progress of things.

Here are a few shots of the in-process tomes. 

The Tomes on the left will be getting glued up this weekend. On the Right, most of these will be in the finishing room this weekend.
Awaiting Flocking.

Gamehole Con

 is at the end of the month here in Madison, WI.   It starts on Thursday, October 31 and goes through Sunday.   If you're anywhere nearby you should head over; it's a good time.  It will actually be free to get in on Halloween from 4-6PM for trick-or-treating.    I won't have nearly as much stuff as I typically do, with making Kickstarter stuff, but there will be Gamehole coasters for charity at their merch booth.  So pick one of those up when you're getting your plushie Displacer Beast - you know... for the kids. 

Alex

alex@ingramwoodworking.com

September!
6 months ago – Mon, Sep 02, 2019 at 01:20:56 AM

Hello Backers!

Gen Con was a good time as always.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth!

Production

I'm getting about 20 done a week these days.  I've made an actual schedule and am trying my damnedest to stick to it.  It's a bit of a work in process, but this is what it looks like as of now. 

This thing is tough to read..
Blown up version of Sun - Mon evenings

This is just one week and doesn't show that it takes about 2 weeks to get one through the full process. 

November is probably pushing it to get everything done, but most of them should be by then.  I'm going to keep cranking them out and we'll see how it goes.

Special Tool - Non-marring Drill Stop

I mentioned some new tools that have helped reduce scrap and therefore speed things up.  The first one is a drill stop with a bearing pressed into it as to not mar the wood when drilling magnet holes.  Before designing and printing this tool, I had the silver stop collar you see as the stop which ran into the wood. I would try to be gingerly about it, but would end up mucking up the wood sometimes which would result in more sanding and refinishing.  

As always, drop me a message on here or at my email alex@ingramwoodworking.com for any questions you might have.  If I haven't responded to you in a bit, maybe poke me again to refresh it in my email.  Things tend to get buried. 

Have a great Labor Day! (or a regular Monday if you're not in the U.S.)

Alex

Almost August!
7 months ago – Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 11:35:33 PM

Hey Backers!

A quick update before I leave for Gen Con tomorrow morning.  

Things have been plodding along since the past update with all the Gen Con stuff.  The one aspect I forgot about was finish room capacity which ended up being the bottleneck.  So I only got about 20 more done.  Some are shipping today and some are shipping when I get back.  

Process Improvements

Going forward I'm expecting to be making Tomes a lot faster.  I've figured out where I am doing too much setup & teardown and am getting a couple extra machines to be able to leave things setup.   I've also been 3d printing and making little tools to help reduce scrap which makes things go faster as well.   I'll show some of that in future updates. 

With all the improvements I should be getting to about the 20 a week that I initially expected.  That would have the last tomes being shipped out mid November. 

In order to ensure that I'm free to make Tomes as possible, I won't be taking any custom orders at Gen Con, which I usually get quite a few of.  

But if you're going to be at the show make sure to swing by Booth 1851 and say "Hi" or tell me off for being slow.  I'll have a few Tomes on display that you can check out in person. 

As always if you need anything feel free to message me on here or email Alex@ingramwoodworking.com. 

Alex