The best ways to Ship Stained Glass

To deliver a piece of glass, it has to be crated. We develop a dog crate around every piece of glass which we deliver. It has to be a customized fit so that the glass can be properly secured. The following photos are people developing a dog crate for a 3' by 5' window. We utilize the exact same strategies when crating a smaller sized window.

By developing a customized cage for each piece of glass that you prepare to deliver, you will have much better success shipping glass throughout nation. You will discover that by developing a dog crate in the following way that you will have the ability to deliver little windows utilizing typical providers like UPS or Fedex.

We have actually the stained glass panel set out on a various table than the one we're going to develop the cage on.

Initially we lay the 1" thick stiff foam insulation on the table. This can be found in pink or blue depending upon the brand name you purchase.

We lay the panel to be delivered on top of the insulation and utilize a box knife to cut around the panel. We cut right on the edge. We do not desire any additional foam hanging beyond the window edge.

Then we move the cut line of the foam over the edge of the table and lower to break the foam. If it has a membrane holding it together, we run an energy knife along it to suffice off. We utilize the cut off pieces as a design template to cut the 2nd piece of foam the exact same size as the.

Then we take a 2 by 4 and utilize it as a pattern to cut 4 pieces of filler pieces of foam.

Here we have the "foam, glass, foam sandwich," with a few of our cut pieces laying on top.

Next we take the long pieces and cut them to the length of the indication and set one on each side of the indication. We stand up a 2 by 4 along the long edge and mark a cut line a 2 by 4 width from the end of the indication.

( We ensure that the other end of the 2 by 4 is hanging out a 2 by 4 width at the other end when marking) The cut 2 by 4 is then cut a saw blade width brief so package will keep the foam tight. We cut a 2nd one for the opposite.

Here is the foam "sandwich" with another piece of scrap foam on top of the stack to raise the top of the whole plan to the height of the 2 by 4 frame. You can likewise see the 2 by 4 side piece prepared to be put in location.

Now we utilize a clamp to pull the 2 by fours together on each end. We just use a small quantity of pressure to the clamp. We desire the cage to be tight however not so tight we harm the foam and own it into the stained glass we're safeguarding.

We cut and connect our linking 2 by fours. We inspect that the top of the cage is even with the 2 by 4 structure. We include a couple of layers of foam blanket to the leading so that the cover of the cage will use a small quantity of pressure when it's in location.

Since we have an inch of foam on the leading and bottom and all around the glass inside the cage, it is safe to screw down the plywood top of the cage. We laid the plywood on top of the structure and traced around it then cut it out.

Next we got some buddies to assist turn the entire assembly over.

Then we laid the last piece of plywood down and screwed it in location.

When we deliver, we discover that moving van lines have an excellent system in location to carry delicate and fragile products, such as electronic devices and stained glass. They cost 3 or 4 times more than typical provider, however you get exactly what you spend for.

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