Hi folks, I have a question regarding shipping. Ive had many requests over the years to do so; however it never seems to happen. Im wondering if you guys do your own creating or farm that out. I once had a piece shipped back to me for repair - UPS in bubble wrap and cardboard. My concern is the added price to the client.
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor G:
That's where the "plus shipping and handling" kicks in.
Just as an example, I hauled multi-million dollar museum and private furniture collections, paintings worth millions, irreplaceable antiques and all sorts of other stuff. You can even request temperature controlled if need be. This sort of freight is a bit more pricey than general, general LtL or your UPS type of freight.
The third is for LTL freight shipping of pairs of dinning room chairs, rockers, etc. weighing up to 125 lbs. It is all corrugated but with quadruple walls, inch thick blocks top and bottom and internal bracing. The internal bracing allows for almost 500 lbs to set on top. The idea being that there are no places on the outside to be grabbed or snagged and when it is shipped it is put on a palette by the freight company (I use Overnight Express which is owned by UPS now).
Internally, I wrap all pieces with shrink wrap and then make my own packing 'bags' by strip shredding all our junk mail and stuffing in plastic grocery bags tied closed. The box sizes are such that there is about 2 to 4 inches between the piece and box walls - that being the UPS/DHL/FedEx rules.
No problems ever over the 9 years of this approach. I also pay for the extra insurance (part of the Shipping/Handling cost to the customer). Within a 400 mile radius I will deliver charging the going mileage rates paid to contract over-the-road drivers. I have even done that for a customer that required a 3000 mile round trip.
I ship everything surrounded by Styrofoam peanuts. They cost me about $13 for a 5' tall bag, but they save postage because your carton will be lighter. Another thing, if you pack a carton, crate or whatever, and it looks like it's been packed with care, the customer is less likely to start looking for problems.