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10-18-2016 05:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: heavy large ship shipping advice


I’m looking for advice on how best to ship (or not to ship, if you think that’s the best option) my largest shadow boxes. I build some fairly large (38” W x 34” H x 12” D) shadow boxes for military retirees, and so far, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to deliver them to the customers myself. But, I’m starting to get calls from people outside my driving radius, and just due to the size, weight, and fragility of the items, it would take a lot of materials and cost a lot of money to ship one anywhere outside that distance. So, if anyone has any tips on how I could do that, I would greatly appreciate it!

Joe U

-- Joe, Georgia,

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 05:10 PM

You need LTL (Less Than Load) shippers where your item is shipped with other small items. It’s slow, but it will get there. This is why the KD (Knock Down) market exists.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 07:13 PM

LTL is truck freight, and that is going to need really good protection. But if you have good protection, you can ship that UPS, and it will be a whole lot cheaper. So, the trick is going to be packing it. I would think that bubble wrap packed in inner box, styrofoam corners to outer box would be fine. Allow an inch of bubble wrap and 2” for styrofoam, and maybe 1/2” of cardboard. That would make the outer box 41.5×37.5×14. The UPS Girth would be 41.5 + 2×37.5 + 2×14 = 41.5 + 75 + 28 = 144.5, which is less than the UPS limit of 165”. The UPS weight limit is 150 lbs.

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 08:15 PM

Pool noodles are pretty cheap this time of year. I would cut a quarter out of a pool noodle, then cut sections to length to protect each corner and go from there.

Also, take a look at the multi-layer corrugated corner blocks used to ship appliances like washing machines. You might could pick some up at an appliance store if you ask.

[edited] Actually, the pour-in-place foam from the UPS store might be the safest option. Expensive, but worth it if you have a valuable item. The item is wrapped in plastic sheeting, the bottom cormers supported by foam corner blocks, then the the box is filled with foam all around. There is a scheme to make the foam separate into two parts.


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#4 posted 10-18-2016 09:33 PM

Joe, you might be able to ship your items via Greyhound. It would be worth your time to compare vs other options. HTH

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 09:37 PM

100 lb limit, but size limits aren’t bad. I don’t have any direct experience with their package service, but I wouldn’t assume it’s any gentler than UPS, so packing would be the same.

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 11:08 PM

You might want to check out Fastenal (Yes the bolt place). They offer store to store shipping. I bought a rear jeep seat and the owner shipped it to me thru them at about 1/2 of UPS cost.

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#7 posted 10-19-2016 12:29 AM

I ship to galleries across the country and use art handlers that specialize in fragile, odd sized and expensive items. We send a lot of large ceramic sculptures and huge paintings. Nice thing is that the packaging required is minimal and the cost is reasonable for the size and weight. Never had a piece damaged. Google art handlers in your area and give the companies you find a call.

-- Harry - Professional amateur

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#8 posted 11-06-2016 08:16 PM

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the great advice! You’ve given me lots of ideas that I think will really help. I appreciate it.


-- Joe, Georgia,

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