Challenge: how would you build a shippable 6'x6' display stand to hold 300 lbs?

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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-25-2013 07:23 PM 1210 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2013 07:23 PM

I’m building a 6’x6’ stand and so far I have a pretty solid frame built out of 2×4s for the top frame and 2×2s for the legs and middle frame. It needs to hold 300 lbs total, with 100 lbs distributed across the entire surface and an additional 100 lbs at two of the opposite corners. Each of the two load-bearing corners will be reinforced with an extra 2×2 leg.

Now here’s the catch: once I’m done building it, it has to be torn down and shipped. After looking at the shipping rates, I think I’m going to end up spending $150 to ship all that wood.

Edit: decided to go with 1/4” plywood for the top surface instead of the foam, and 1/2” plywood at the load-bearing corners. The foam idea would have saved on shipping but would have been more difficult to work with.

I should have posted here sooner to get everyone’s thoughts before I started construction, but I’m still curious: if you had to build a display table with these specs, how would you do it?

100 lbs across entire top
100 lbs additional at two opposite corners
easily shippable
easy for anyone to reassemble with only basic tools—drill, screws, staple gun, glue gun, hammer, nails.

Note that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a knock-down design, but all pieces must break down to fit into 2 boxes that are no bigger than 72”x12”x12” or 37”x37”x9” in order to be shipped cost-effectively (less than $150). Unfortunately, all parts must be shipped because none can be sourced at the destination location.

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 09:13 PM


I am tired, having just moved 2 1/2 yards of dirt. I thought you were asking how to build a box to ship the display stand.

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 09:42 PM

I’d probably use a torsion box and PVC tubing for the legs
to keep the weight down.

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 12:41 AM

Depending on how you ship it and the final box size(s), dimensional weight from the carrier might apply, if the calculated dim weight is higher than the actual weight you may be able to use the 1/2” plywood, because you will be paying for the dimensional weight anyway.

The dim weight for the 72 X 12 X 12 Box = 63 LBS
The dim weight for the 37 X 37 X 9 Box = 74 LBS
L X W X H / 166 = Dim Weight (Domestic Shipments Only)

The top is 6’ X 6’ right? How are you shipping that? Maybe cutting the top into 6 strips of plywood 12” wide and 6’ long? 6 Strips, and the two long runners of the table top should weigh in less than 63 LBS.

If only using this once, then screws would be O.K., if this is to be use and shipped many times then I would use nuts and bolts. Maybe even wing nuts.

If you can, playing around with box sizes can save you money, even adding a box at times drops the price.

Good luck with the project

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