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Reply: I make crates using 1/4" luan plywood and 1 by 3's as a border on the four side pieces. This gives you some meat to screw things together and allows you to use just 1/4 or 3/8 ply for the top and bottom. I've padded or secured chairs two ways and both seem to work. When a crate is for just one chair, I can pad minimally and secure the chair with a 1 by 6 screwed to the bottom of the seat with 1 by 4's fastened to the ends of it and to the sides of the crate. The chair cannot move with this method. For more than one chair, I will nest chairs first to see what size the crate needs to be (keep it snug) and see where they hit each other. Then I use pipe wrap foam, bubble wrap and cardboard to protect the chairs. If the crate is snug enough sometimes you have to lower the chairs in already nested which is good they won't move much. Then check it out and see where they may rub each other or the crate, pad them further if needed. I've yet to have a chair damaged, although I'm sure some over zealous forklift driver is in everyone's future. JT 3/10/99

Shipping Chairs 2:I was wondering if anyone has had any experience in shipping Windsors? The size box I would need for a Sack-back exceeds UPS max. and the freight companies I have contacted want between $150 and $250 per chair (some don't even offer insurance). Has anyone come across amore resonable way to ship chairs? - JMH 12/6/99

Reply: Only my bowbacks and continuous arm chairs ship UPS, so I'm not suprised that your sack back exceeds UPS limits. If it is even close, however, your local UPS driver may take it. I've never had a driver measure, but I've never grossly abused the limits either. I am fortunate to have located a freight forwarder in my area. This is a small trucking firm which specializes in going around the countryside picking up freight, one box here, one there, etc., and hauling it to a Yellow or similar terminal. The forwarder gets a 60% discount and passes most of it on to me. It's a very nice situation and my customers appreciate it. If you can't find a freight forwarder in your area, you should be able to join a discount freight group. Some claim to offer 50% savings or more. Do an internet search for "discount freight" and you'll probably find one. On insurance, you can add freight insurance to your general and products liability insurance for a very reasonable premium. Hope this helps. WKG 12/8/99

Reply: I just had my sackback shipped from Mike Dunbars Windsor Institute in New Hampshire via UPS surface. You my want to contact them to get the size corragated box they use; this is not unusual for them. PB 12/7/99

Reply: I use OSB (1/4) for sides, 1/2 for top and bottom and build a crate, stretch wrap chairs to a flat and screw the flat to the bottom (and top if nesting chairs). I wrap the chairs with carpet underlayment foam. I ship common carrier. Depending on where you're located, you may be able to find a "feeder" freight forwarder who gets a discount from national lines and passes most of it on, or you may have to join a co-op group. I don't have any experience with the later, but I have received several solicitations from groups who say they offer a 40 to 50% discount. Most chairs exceed UPS guidelines once properly crated. If using UPS, you should use cardboard because it has been my experience that OSB or plywood won't take the UPS abuse (throwing and dropping and bouncing) as well as cardboard. Finally, if you carry a products liability policy (you should), you can purchase freight insurance as an add-on for a very reasonable cost. BG 8/21/02


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