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01-15-2013 11:01 AM

I am currently bidding on a job for a beautiful walnut buffet but I don’t know how to quote shipping. My shop is located in central Pennsylvania (17777) and the piece will be going to Nashville TN. The dimensions are 78” long x 36” high x 18” deep. I was thinking of driving it but that would be ~12 hours and gas would probably be higher than shipping. What are my best options for quoting a shipping cost?


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 11:23 AM

Check with local trucking companies. The couple bunk beds I have shipped turned out that shipping was as much as the bed. It might even be cheaper and safer for you to drive it down there yourself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 01:28 PM

Try for quotes from large logistic companies.

I’ve used a few times and have had some success. They might not be any cheaper than than freight companies but can be more accommodating. They have a cost estimator to give you a ballpark.

Have you shipped before? Packing furniture for freight is a job in itself. Be sure and cover your time for packing in your quote.

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 01:33 PM

Also the crate needed to ship by truck, might be as much work to make as the item you are shipping.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 05:49 PM

Yep, you will need a very strong BOX (es) to put it in… A project all of it’s own…

You might cost it WITHOUT freight and just let it be known that Packing & Frt will be extra depending on he final size and weight…

I don’t think one could accurately estimate that cost… unless you get an estimate & then double it to be safe!

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:54 PM

Some moving companies will accept a single piece of uncrated furniture.

-- I dream of a world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 05:56 PM

What about letting the customer handle the shipping? They can contact a shipper or have someone pick it up and deliver it for them.

Here’s another idea that I have used for large deliveries coming to me from 8 – 10 hours away. I contacted a couple of retirees from my church and asked them about taking a road trip for a couple of hundred dollars plus expenses. They were more than happy to do as it was an adventure for them. Their wives loved that they were away for a couple of days.

As far as driving that far to deliver, that is a lot of time out of the shop. It would be cheaper time wise to have a trucking company deliver it.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 06:08 PM

Our company uses several freight companies including the aforementioned (which would be a good place to start). Another couple issues are determining the freight class and loading and unloading. Assuming you’re not shipping to a location with a dock and forklift will require a lift gate (read upcharge). I would expect you’d have to build a palletized crate out of plywood ($100+ ?) and wouldn’t be surprised if you’re looking at $400-500+ for the freight. Unfortunately driving may be the best (I like the retiree idea).

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 06:09 PM

Shipping large items can run pretty steep. It depends
how much you want the job, really… how much you
want the piece in your portfolio and how much the
customer wants your talents.

You can privately contract with a trucker or individual
making a move, but insuring the piece against damage
could be a problem.

You might try to find a reason to drive down that way -
a machine you want to buy or some Southern hardwoods

The guys at do cooperative trips to move
machines around. You might inquire there.

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 06:45 PM

I manage a warehouse full time so I had one of the ladies in my shipping department contact our logistics provider and got me a qote for dock pickup with drop gate delivery. I took that price and doubled to account for the crate. I came up with $200 to ship from central Pennsylvania to Knoxville TN via Conway trucking.

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 07:01 PM


Do you really know what the finished product will Weigh? ... and Shipping Size?

Don’t forget the Insurance cost…

I don’t know either… but $200 sounds cheap to me…
... consider your Labor to build the crate?

You could always come up with an Estimate… BUT, make it known that it will actually be based on the real cost.
(you should not be left in a position to possibly getting zonked)

Hope it works out…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 01-26-2013 03:26 AM

try I used it to ship a rocking chair from AZ to FL. It cost me under $200.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#12 posted 01-27-2013 03:16 AM

I am very confused, Yellowtruck75.

You manage a warehouse, have access to “ladies in my shipping department” . . . yet waste our time to answer what it will cost to ship?

-- I dream of a world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 06:24 AM

I am quoting a lady 600$ for a fully hand made hoechest from solid pine with dovetailed sides and even the trim. It will have a hand sawn frame and panel lid. Its a medium sized chest with a treated and rubbed stain finish. Am I in the ball park,on this quote. All hand cut and traditional joinery.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#14 posted 11-07-2013 11:38 AM

GreyHound bus ships! They are way cheaper than trucking companies. For example to ship a bundle of wood from Oregon to Florida from trucking co 200.00 Greyhound 80.00

-- Coach Mancuso

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#15 posted 11-07-2013 01:10 PM

Are you including your time to package the item, what about packaging materials? You have a large item. I’d budget at least 1/2 a workday to package this right.

There are individuals and companies that make custom shipping crates and packages.

I’ve shipped beds several times and the cost is usually around $300 for 1 bunk bed.

Try a moving company. If they have room on a truck they could pick it up and deliver. At least they would have the expertise in moving furniture.

I think your best bet is to find a driver on to negotiate with. You can name your price and drivers can bid on it.

With pictures and if you have it packaged ready for pickup then I think a Uship driver would jump on it for $500. I see professional shipping and moving companies in the range of $800 – $1,200

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