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Forum topic by DerekJ posted 01-11-2017 07:22 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2017 07:22 PM

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I haven’t been around for a while as I’ve been insanely busy with my day job and haven’t had any time for my shop time :(. I have a general question around finished project transportation and figured this community would have the best answers.

I recently completed an entryway table out of walnut with sycamore inlays for my dad’s new house located at 8400 feet in the Colorado Rockies. I live in Omaha, Nebraska and am planning a road trip out to see my dad. My question is whether or not it would be OK to transport the table (padded with blankets, covered with tarp in case of precipitation) in the back of the truck for the approximately 8 hour drive. The temperatures are anyone’s guess, but typically we’d be looking at mid 20s along the drive. The table is currently in my basement where it’s around 55 degrees and it’s fairly dry now that winter is here.

Thoughts on transporting in these conditions?

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 10:08 PM

Sounds like you’d be okay. I would personally want to tarp right over the moving blankets then roll it with shrink wrap to keep the tarp from flapping and potentially disintegrating (done that a time or two) especially given what it’s protecting. Duct tape can usually button up loose ends on the wrap and keeping an extra tarp, wrap and duct tape with you during the trip could prove to be valuable insurance that you hopefully won’t need.

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 10:20 PM

You didn’t say when you built this table. If it has been finished for at least a week, you should not have any problems with your plan. Going from the 50s to the 20s could cause a problem with glue joints if the table has not had time to fully cure the glue joints.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 08:22 PM

Thanks for the replies! The table has been completed since September so no worries about the glue still curing. I will take the suggestions above and wrap it in blankets, a tarp, and then wrap with a plastic wrap to hold secure. Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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