Windmills and shipping coffee tables.

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Blog entry by thecarpentershands posted 07-14-2013 11:29 PM 1287 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend I just had my first big show, the Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester, NY. I was asked by a couple if I would be able to make a lawn windmill for them about 3’-4’ tall. I told them I could most definitely try. Problem is, I’ve never build anything remotely close to it but I am certainly up for a challenge. Does anyone here have any experience with windmills or anything similar? Maybe some suggestions or some websites I could check out? I appreciate any help!

The other point of this blog is shipping … a coffee table. I have a large coffee table that did not sell and was thinking about selling it online. Does anyone know how one would go about shipping a coffee table? I work in a shipping facility so i know how awkward a table would be. Its about 48”x24”x15.5” and about 30 pounds. Any suggestions? Thanks and God bless!

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 12:05 AM

Windmill sorry but I haven’t made one of those yet. For the table build a shipping crate wrap the table in bubble wrap to protect it put the table in the crate, shipping blankets also work great but are more expensive, buyer to pay all shipping costs.

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 12:39 AM

a box 30 or so pounds and that size will ship UPS no problem. Probably by USPS also

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 12:43 AM


consider making the legs detachable? a bolt and wing-nut combo. Sizes reduction and assembly instructions? container size reduction.

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 02:08 AM

Yup, I made one once. I used a Lazy Susan on the top so it could rotate and a shaft with 2 bearings for the blades. I don’t know if I ever posted it. It was at my mothers house for 20 years and then the wind blew it over she she put it up on blocks. We burned it when we sold the house. I made it from cedar and the wood lasted fine with no finish on it.

I hope she will pay you well for it. Mine was about 4 ft tall and it took a lot of wood.
There should be plans out on the net some where! I just took a picture of one and went from there. No plans anywhere.
No idea on the shipping cost. That big might be best to send freight rather than USPS or maybe UPS but they are really high around here.
.............Cheers, Jim

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 01:04 PM

There was quite a difference in price with Fedex once I signed up for an account when I shipped a blanket chest from Mo to TX recently. I used my own packaging from what was a sofa box that a local furniture store had thrown away, a hot glue gun, some scrap 1/4”ply under the legs and a roll of good packing tape. I was impressed on how quick It arrived and had no complaints from the customer.

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 01:40 PM

You had better make sure that it’s packed well. I like UPS but I also know that they can tear things up if they are not packed right.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-16-2013 04:17 PM

Brian, I live in Fairport and have a set of windmill plans. They were drawn by my Great uncle. My family is dutch and these plans were taken from an actual windmill. If you want a copy let me know. I can copy them at work and give you a copy. All the dimensions are in CM though. Just send me a message through LJ.

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