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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 12-18-2016 04:42 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2016 04:42 PM

A relative has asked me to build her a small desk. I live on the West Coast and she is in NYC. I can probably find someone to ship a finished piece, but it will cost me hundreds of dollars.

For the same money, I could pack finished pieces in a well padded suitcase and accompany them for a visit (I can stay with my relation, so no other expense involved).

The piece I have in mind is


I am planning on using mortise+tenon for the rails, biscuits and miters for the aprons, and a hardwood top fastened with z-clips

My thought was that I could dry fit and finish everything here, disassemble, and then do the final glue up on site. I actually need some bar clamps and was thinking I could have those shipped to my relative along with the glue, and then take the clamps home on the return flight.

Depending on final dimensions, I might be able to glue up the desktop here, so the onsite work would just be the legs.

Is this nuts? Any other ideas?

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 05:00 PM

I would check with whatever airline you plan on flying with. All the news lately suggests they are raping people on luggage and carry on baggage with hefty fees. Gotta think long sticks of wood and bar clamps are gonna cost ya big.

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 05:39 PM

I think your on to the right concept, in being able to break it down after completion.
But I would recommend breaking it down, put it in a box and ship it. Make strong joints, and pre drill for screw attachment or even use T nuts.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 06:53 PM

I have “status” and a credit card with my airline of “choice” so get pretty good treatment on the baggage, within weight/size limits.

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 08:19 PM

42” long is going to be a pretty big suitcase. I would be willing to bet it is going exceed the weight limits too. Better measure your suitcase before you start. I have found that shipping furniture is best done by making a crate and shipping by bus. You could further save money by shipping it broke down then fly there to assemble it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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