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    Steve Clardy Guest

    Packaging a plane for shipping

    This is how I package big planes for sending USPS.

    I've been through a couple of mishaps, broken planes I have received.

    So when I ship one, I build a wood box.

    I disasemble the plane, anchor the plane base in the box with two notched blocks that sit over the sole, front and rear.
    Then I bubble wrap everything else, install the top with screws.

    Then I wrap with heavy paper, address, and send.

    This just takes about 30 minutes time to do this, and really helps when the plane is dropping off a 5 or 6' elevator system in the post office.
    Last edited by Steve Clardy; 08-06-2008 at 06:14 PM.

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    And if it shows up broken the recipient can just burry it in the box.
    Jim

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    I can hear the postal insurance adjuster saying "It just was not packaged properly".

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    It can't possibly

    survive a nuclear detonation, but it can get by anything else for sure.
    I hope the buyer is paying the shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Garlock View Post
    survive a nuclear detonation, but it can get by anything else for sure.
    I hope the buyer is paying the shipping.
    Nope. Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Young View Post
    And if it shows up broken the recipient can just burry it in the box.
    Now that's funny

    Good job Steve, that should get the plane where it is going intact!
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    I've sent a couple things in shop-made wooden boxes (pool cue case and big heavy cutting board), and the guy at my local post office always gets a kick out of them. I don't wrap them, but I run the 1/8" roundover bit all around the edges and hit them with a 120 grit sander...that way they're relatively easy to handle.
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    Great box Steve, and generous shipping prep

    Last time I did this I used the bandsaw to fit the plane in styrofoam. Sandwiched several layers together for about 6 inches thick and 6 inches wide. Taped the bejeebers out of it. Haven't had any damage with this method yet.
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    Good idea.

    Not only would that keep them protected but it's kind of hard to find a "ready made" properly sized box to ship the longer ones. Floral delivery boxes come in handy if you can get em and if they're of the sturdier type but most of the ones I've seen...aren't.

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