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Forum topic by harum posted 11-14-2019 05:57 PM 246 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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harum

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11-14-2019 05:57 PM

Hello, with the holiday season approaching, I was wondering about good ways to ship my ww projects as small gifts, the biggest sized 12” x 9” x 17”. I have tea boxes, small shelves, and similar items.

Specifically, looking for ways to pack the projects inside cardboard shipping boxes to insure arrival to the destinations in one piece and without scratches. Is multiple layears of bubblewrap the best packing material?

Another concern is exposure to freezing temperatures during shipping. Is this something to worry about? Thanks and best wishes, h.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."


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John Smith

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#1 posted 11-14-2019 07:58 PM

get boxes that will have room for the appropriate packing. I like bubble wrap
and chunks of styrofoam that I save (hoard) for such projects.
I really don’t care for the peanuts .
personally, I would not worry about the extreme temperatures
unless you are shipping liquids in glass containers.

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#2 posted 11-14-2019 08:19 PM

Good way to recycle packaging materials for things you buy on-line. Padded envelopes, styrofoam, air bags, whatever. We ship quite a bit to our kids and grand-kids, and the wife likes to wrap gifts in towels, pillow cases, and fabric (for our daughter who sews). She has fun picking out the wrapping and the receiver gets a bonus gift. She is also very careful to leave little rattle space in the box and takes full advantage of “if it fits, it ships”.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 01:49 AM

Start with your chosen protection wrap material, then use shrink wrap to keep it in place.
Also, if you have a box that is significantly larger than your item, you can use 1/2 liter water bottles [or soft drink bottles] to help fill that excess space.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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harum

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#4 posted 11-15-2019 03:37 AM

Thank you guys! Appreciate your responses! John, styrofoam is a good idea, should be enough to absorb the abuse to the boxes.

SM, yes, I guess suspending the projects in packing material without rattling is vital.

Rustfever, bottles will for sure absorb shocks. Exactly what I worry about: cardboard boxes collapse when enough force is applied.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#5 posted 11-15-2019 03:51 AM

If you don’t mind the extra size you can bubble wrap the first shipping box and put it in another box to ship. Double boxing for extra protection. I did it when I shipped my pool cue back to the maker to have it modified. I wasn’t real trusting of the shippers. But it turned out pretty good. Bubble wrapped the cue, put it in a tube bubble wrapped the tube and the put it all in tube #2.

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WoodenDreams

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#6 posted 11-15-2019 04:12 AM

If you have a UPS store near you, you can take the pieces to be shipped to them and they will package it and ship it. The advantage to the UPS store is that if they package it, they will guarantee damage free shipping.

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#7 posted 11-15-2019 04:26 AM


If you have a UPS store near you, you can take the pieces to be shipped to them and they will package it and ship it. The advantage to the UPS store is that if they package it, they will guarantee damage free shipping.

- WoodenDreams

The best, fastest and safest way to ship.

We also have a pack and ship store near us that ships UPS, USPS and Fed X. No frustrations for us, no having to round up boxes and packing materials. Carry the product in the store, they pack, we pay, they ship and out the door we go.

We’ll be shipping a load of cutting boards for our dealers Christmas inventory in another week. I called and told them how many, the day we would be bringing them to the store. They’ll get them ready to ship, call us when they’re done and we’ll go pay them.

Safe and sound while we continue to work.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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