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The Spin Tray

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4.8?
Discovered on 2015-03-21

The Spin Tray is a two piece spinning top display and spin plate storage system that will display 8-12 tops, depending on top diameter, and looks amazing on your desk. The base is CNC machined 6061 Aluminum bead blasted and clear anodized (think Imac finish). The display tray, also CNC machined, comes in either Walnut or Maple and is lined with a custom die cut 100% wool felt to protect your tops. The wood display is press fit into the Aluminum base with a stainless steel pin and roller bearings and swings away smoothly to reveal your glass lens spin plate. When finished simply swing the tray back into place and a hidden magnet locks the tray into perfect alignment with the base.

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ThomasDN
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@Creator: Did you see my messages?
Tim James
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@ddski
Told you �
But seriously, understand too...
Best, Tim.
Have fun, spin on :-)
T.
ddski
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@Anthony, @Tim.... First and foremost, I *did* fall through the cracks. My last posted comment was October 23 and yesterday I received my tray. Anthony and I exchanged a few emails - hopefully we both feel neither of us were disrespectful nor lacking understanding (I feel that way) - and, as I expected from Anthony, the tray is awesome! I've purchased once before from him via his website and found Anthony to be exactly what Tim says - honorable. Re-reading my comments on October 23 I can see where my frustration drowns that out. My apologies. It was frustrating - I "fell through the cracks" at least three times and that comment was (only) the first. Thinking about the timing, this was actually at the time I was being forced to accept an early retirement from my job of 16 years. I lost the perspective I usually have - don't stress over the small things. :-) That's not an excuse, just an explanation. I will recommend Anthony's goods to all I encounter, and will consider backing any future kickstarter projects he may do in the future. (That's a high compliment from me nowadays, as I'm still waiting on one project that was due last summer and had another deliver 1.5 years after their deadline!). Again, the tray is an awesome addition to my growing top collection.
Anthony Lawson
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@Tim Thanks again. I didn't clarify before that he has been EXTREMELY cool about the situation via email etc and very patient. More patient then most would have been given the situation.
Tim James
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@Anthony
Your stuff is extremely cool.
You have delivered everything I have ever got from you with no problems whatsoever.
And I like you a a (virtual) person.
Unfulfilled backer relax - you WILL receive and love, trust me!
Best, Tim.
Anthony Lawson
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@Tim James So damn cool of you to write that. The absolutely insane part of your timing is that his tray ended up not shipping with the others because the shipping label was misplaced. It should have been shipped two weeks ago and he wrote me a few days ago asking about it. I shipped his tray out yesterday or the day before but there is no way he will believe that your comment was unsolicited by me. Crazy the way the universe pulls things together like that.
Tim James
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@ddski
Anthony is one of the most honorable people I have ever had the pleasure to contact.
You can trust his word - you appear to be the unlucky person who drew the short straw in the law of probabilities.
Shit happens, but he will ensure that it works out, and you will be stunned by the quality of your spin tray.
Best, Tim.
Anthony Lawson
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@ddski No apology needed. I would sound snarky at this point as well and fully understand your frustration. You are actually the only person that didn't get an email from me or a spin tray. No excuse. The short story is that I printed out your shipping label before you emailed me directly and it was just waiting for the waiting to dry. When I went to box up the shipment, I noticed a small chip on the corner of the maple and that was, quite literally, my last maple tray. I was also shorted on maple trays with the order but I left that out of my updates because it didn't seem important. As far as the lack of response (again, no excuses), the email simply got pushed down to the point of non-existence and I forgot to write you with an update. I mentioned before that this has been an extremely frustrating project for me but I don't know that I've fully expressed out frustrating. My biggest frustration is letting down my backers and my customers but I'm doing my best to make it right. I'm going to shoot over an email to you as well.
ddski
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Apologies for sounding snarky, but okay. What' up with my shipment? (1) 22 days ago I posted a comment here. Please, check the dates. You asked me to send you a PM. (2) 18 days ago I did. Via Kickstarter. Never heard back. (3) 2 days ago you posted that "shipments are compete, sorta". Huh? You also explained that I should have either (a) received my Spin Tray (NOT!) or (b) it's on the way (no clue, you never replied to my PM) or (c) I'm one of "only a few" mysterious ones who should get an email explaining when I'll receive my Spin Tray. Problem is, I PM'd you and *never* heard back. Problem is, it's been *another* two days without finding out I'm one of the mysterious "few". Problem is, you communicated all of this via a project I would "love" to support but, well, hopefully you understand my concern. I get realities. I get issues. I don't get why I haven't heard from you at all. (With my luck things are being delivered today - which if they are, all is good and I'll post an apology here.) Your product is outstanding - bought two others directly from you. Your lack of communication on this project - despite the fact I already know I'll enjoy the Spin Tray and it will be of awesome quality - is very concerning, particularly because of the tardiness. Hoping to hear from you!
Neil Estacio
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Thanks Anthony! Next step for me: more tops.
Anthony Lawson
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@Neil Estacio Actually, you're not in the 24. Your shipping label has already been set up and I was just waiting on some Maple trays to dry. Yours ships today.
Neil Estacio
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Left a comment about a month back, hopefully I'm in the last 24? Another batch went out 7 days ago, did one go out this week?
J Cox
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Received my tray today. Very well made and a great piece of Zen for my desk. Thank you Lawson and Co for taking the time to do this right.
ddski
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Thanks! I will. I do appreciate the complexities on your end, and this reply helps me to consider backing future things.
Anthony Lawson
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@ddski Unbelievable that it's been a month already. A month feels like a week in this game. The good news is that we are just about wrapped up. I have a batch going out today and then only a couple dozen remain. There have been countless hiccups but finally at the finish line. Shoot me an email with your contact information so I can look up your shipment.
Thanks for your patience!
ddski
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A month with no update. Any idea when mine is shipping?
Anthony Lawson
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@Hans sorry for the delay but yours is shipping today! Thanks for your patience!
Joe Ng
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Received mine, wonderfully made.
Hans Finkenberg
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Dear Anthony,
time goes by and I'm still waiting to get my spin tray.
I would like to get a final information when the spin tray will arrive me!
Best regards,
Hans Von meinem iPad gesendet
Imrann
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Got my spin tray this week, very well made and beautiful. Thank you .
kenneth s.
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just got mine at work today- forgot it was coming ;)
it is ridiculously nice! great work!
Neil Estacio
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US backer here, still waiting. Any word on how many are left to be fulfilled and whether it might go into October for the remaining backers? Thanks Anthony!
Nicholas Jonas
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Yep, exactly what I thought it would be, awesome. I wish I would have purchased a second one to gift it to someone.
Magnus Bertilsson
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I live in Switzerland and got my tray today. It is truly beautiful. Even better than I imagined. Thanks!
Anthony Lawson
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@Harmon Monroe I wasn't referring to pre-orders, I was referring to early backers and the other levels in the campaign. Some of them got mixed in with the early backers somehow through the backerkit "segment" process. I have 25 early backers left to ship and then the balance of the standard level backers and then pre-orders. The early backers will actually be completed by this weekend and the rest of the backers next week. This wasn't a case of needing improvement, just a mistake in the segmenting process that I need to research. Not sure why they mixed together. None of this would have been an issue if the manufacturing hadn't gone a month over due with more discovered mistakes but that's manufacturing for you and the main problem with this platform. We are essentially pre-selling a product that we can't know an accurate turnaround time for so there are bound to be delays. My original ship date was July which got pushed to August because of the anodize house. A large amount made it out and would have all gotten out if it wasn't for the mistake in hole diameter. If that had been accurate there wouldn't have been an issue with early backer or standard backer shipments because they would have all went out within a couple weeks of each other. Overall I'll be getting everyone shipped in just over a month past my estimated ship date which isn't too shabby for fulfillment on a campaign.
Harmon Monroe
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"I tried to get all of the early backers out before the rest but the orders got confused because of the add ons and pre-orders." Anthony, Are you saying that Pre-orders shipped before Backers? Bad form if that is true. What plans do you have to improve your order tracking for future projects? The comments from those who have received their Spin Tray sound encouraging. I am still waiting for my Spin Tray.
Kris Bex
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Got mine. Great piece. Thanks. So I broke the lens quickly also, did you post a link to replacement items? I thought you did.
Jesse
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Received my spin tray, extremely well made item learning to spin my top, I replaced the foam with a thicker one that better suites for my tops. An A plus all the way.
Rocky Watson
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Got mine a few days ago. Even better than I had imagined! Can't wait till the next project.
Imrann
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I live in France , how long till my spin tray is shipped ?
Mike Occhuizzo
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I got my spin tray last week and it's better than I could have imagined. Only problem is now I need a second one for all the tops I keep at the office. Any chance we'll see these show up on your site once the Kickstarter run is complete?
Ecogrl
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Got my spin tray last week. It is beautiful, and I've had fun trying out my tops :-P
Anthony Lawson
Review from Kickstarter
@everyone that's commented about their spin tray...thanks so much for the kind words. This thing has been a ton of work and I know that all of the parties involved truly appreciate you taking the time to post. It means everything and is the reason I continue to create products for the Kickstarter crowd.
@everyone that hasn't received your spin tray...I'll be sending an official update next week but we should be around 80% shipped by the end of next week and fully shipped the week after. Things are moving along at a nice pace now. Thanks again to all supporters!
Anthony
Jim Herring
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I received my Spin Tray today Anthony, and it's just ridiculously good. The fit and finish on this thing is off the charts...it just reeks of quality. This strange little hobby of high-end handmade tops is kind of hard to explain to some folks, but this is something that I think everyone can appreciate, even if they don't completely understand it. My office has already become a bit of a loitering ground at work because of my top assortment, and this just going to compound the situation ;-).
Dave
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Quite a surprise in my mailbox here in Michigan today, my spin tray and top! This one flew a little under the radar for me. All I can say is awesome, awesome, awesome, so heavy and beautifully crafted, this by far exceeded my expectations. Now my Lawson, Lambda, and Janus tops have somewhere to play! Thank you Anthony, well done...............
Dave S
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Got it in Florida. Beautiful job! Very solid and looks fantastic Thanks!
Adam
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I received my tray today. Looks great; nice, heavy base. Tray movement is very smooth. Great job.
Anthony Lawson
Review from Kickstarter
@Ash @Hans - Shipping of the first batch is tomorrow and will continue over the next couple of weeks. I should have a little over 200 shipped by mid August. I didn't approve of the finish on a little over 100 trays so I sent them back to the anodize house to be anodized again. Those should be back around the 18th and shipped the following week. The goal is to have every tray shipped before the end of August.
Ash Holland
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Just wondering if the spin trays have shipped yet- Kickstarter is saying it couldn't send my account any emails- I've verified the email is correct and have received a "test" message from Kickstarter. Wanted to make sure I didn't miss an important email on this project. Love the tops- I have 4 of them. Really looking forward to the tray. Great way to display the tops on my desk.
Thanks-
Hans Finkenberg
Review from Kickstarter
...any updates for your german friend?
Thanks!
Anthony Lawson
Review from Kickstarter
@Tiffany Fordyce Thanks for the kind words! I'm sorry about the shipping notification. For some reason, my Shipstation software doesn't want to send notifications with Backerkit shipments. Notifications go out with all other shipments but something about the Backerkit sync isn't working properly and I haven't had time to look into it.
As far as the glass, it just takes practice. There were a few different options with the glass as far as the level of concavity and I went with a shallower version. This makes the initial spinning a bit more challenging but worth it once you get the hang of it. The highly concave glass is easier to spin on but I found that, most of the time, the top didn't want to center. It would just sway back and forth never giving you that motionless spin that I love so much. My trick with the spin is to hold my left hand like a barrier around the glass but, you will find that with practice, you will be able to get a good spin with needing the hand barrier. Improves dexterity!!!
Tiffany Fordyce
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Picked my top up today! No shipping notification, for those who were wondering if there would be one. Beautiful top, as are all the tops I've seen/received from @Creator.
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Also received the glass lens, but I'm discovering that I have -zero- coordination for spinning a top, so I can't make it stay on the glass. If anyone has any tips to this effect, they would be much appreciated.
Tiffany Fordyce
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@Creator: Will we be getting ship notifications when our perks go out? I noted on your last update that the tops were to be shipped a couple weeks ago (ish), and I hadn't seen anything yet. I just wondered what to expect. Thanks!
Edward Burr
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Just received my top yesterday. Looks awesome. Thanks!
adam
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Thanks for the update! I'm irrationally excited about the spin tray and top. Keep up the good work.
Tiffany Fordyce
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Been a while since we heard anything on these. Any updates? I'm curious about how things are going! Do you have any photos to share of the progress? I'm sitting on the edge of my chair in anticipation.
Nicholas Jonas
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Any updates?
Hans Finkenberg
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...waiting for my spintray as if I'm sitting on hot coals, Hope to geht it soon!
Greatings from Germany �
gavin sexton
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Is it July yet?
Ecogrl
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Just got my copper edc top today, it's beautiful :P can't wait for my spin tray to use with it!!