I've been keeping my woodworking small for the items I list in my Etsy store primarily because the little investigation I've done so far into shipping rates on larger items turned my hair gray. Well, not really, but it was scary. My smaller urns and all the cutting boards are designed to fit into a USPS flat rate box. Larger urns and clocks go UPS ground.
However, I see a lot of guys selling tables, chairs and such on Etsy and advertising shipping costs that I just don't understand. I did a quick rate quote on FedEx freight's website for an end table giving the total weight at 45 lbs in a 20 x 20 x 26 carton. The rate came back at over $500!
I know many of you build larger items and ship them to customers. Care to share some of your secrets? Please?