We would strongly recommend that you build a shipping crate to send your boards in, following these instructions:
Carefully measure the length of your boards at the longest point.
Measure the boards at the widest point.
Lets assume you get the following measurements as an example.
Length 60" Width 12"
The inside dimensions of your crate should be about 4" longer and 4" wider than your measurements to give you room for packing material.
We would recommend that you make the sides and ends of your crate out of 1" x 6" ( actual size) 3/4" x5 1/2") spruce lumber.
Approximate outside length plus circumference measurement is about: 66 + 18 + 18 + 6 + 6 = 114"
The maximum allowable by UPS is: 164"
Maximum weight: 150 lbs.
NOTE: If your measurement exceeds this amount give Pat a call at: (403) 335-8644 before building your crate. Otherwise proceed as follows:
Making The Box
Cut the side pieces 64" long, and the end pieces 16" long.
Fasten the end pieces inside the sides with 1 1/2" drywall screws.
Make a reinforcing end cap over each end using 1/4" plywood, and fasten it to the end of the side pieces with drywall screws.
Drill two 1/2" holes about 8" apart at the center of each end cap. Place a piece of 3/8" rope through the holes and knot the ends inside the crate. This gives the UPS driver something to lift the crate with.
Fasten a piece of 1/4" plywood to the bottom of the crate with 1" drywall screws.
Make a 1/4" thick plywood cover for the top of the crate. Cut an 8" x 8" square hole in it near the center. This gives the custom's officials easy access to see inside the crate.
You now have a very strong lightweight shipping crate to send your boards to us, and for us to return your boards to you withoutdamage.
To make good economical packing material do as follows:
Fill several plastic grocery bags with 2 or 3 sheets of crumpled up newspaper, then tie a knot in the end of the bags to keep the paper inside.
Place a layer of bags in the bottom of the crate.
Place a board in the crate face up.
Place a layer of bags on top of the board.
Place the second board in the crate face down.
Place a layer of bags above the top board.
Stuff bags on both ends and both sides of the boards.
Install the top cover to the crate using 1" drywall screws.