Friday, January 6
Boxing the Cradle
This cradle offers some special challenges on packaging; you might be interested in how I deal with those.
My first step was to build a fame underneath the cradle that will keep it from rocking and keep it positioned in the box. I used scraps of maple lumber; one rail under each rocker and a pair of connectors that keep the rails positioned; shaped like a giant Roman numeral 2. Blocks of foam shaped to fit under the rocker ends and rockers secured to the frame with stretch wrap create a stable base. The rails are cut to just fit inside the width of the box.
a new sink I just installed for Marie, the Styrofoam is what cushioned the sink, so it exactly fits the interior of the box. I needed only reshape the inside surfaces with a hand saw to make a snug fit for the cradle. How fortuitous that these events lined up!
Here I've added cushioning around the sides, back and top of the cradle cover.
This crateboard is 1/2" thick, triple wall corrugated cardboard. Much lighter and just as sturdy as the 1/4" plywood I had used for crating before.
Remember to recycle the cardboard. The styo: well, maybe you can find a way to re-purpose that one more time. Eventually it will end up in a landfill, and that pains me, but it's hard to avoid sometimes.
Now, we're done. All that remains is to await payment, run a shipping label and summon the FedEx man. He won't be any too happy to see this beast sitting on my dock, and I'll be sure to be watching so I can help him with it. It only weights 67 pounds, but at 40" long, 27" wide and 35" high it is a handful for one person to be sure!