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I'm in Arkansas, and I had a lady from New Hampshire contact me about making and shipping her two Adirondack chairs.  These would be fully completed and assembled in my shop, and shipped to her address.  Anyone have ANY idea on how to do this?  I have never made a large piece of furniture for anyone outside of my home state, so I've always just delivered it myself.  I want to give the lady a price estimate so I can either snag her business or scare her off with the shipping costs, but I'd just like to be able to give here an honest answer.  

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I looked into this when getting lumber from Spanky. Bottom line, freight didn't work for me. I went with regular shipping, UPS and FedEx will ship up to 150 pds with certain size limits. For the lumber shipping with UPS, the package weighed 130 pds and cost around $145. With you, I'm not sure if UPS or FedEx is an option due to the size of your shipment, but you should check. 

Your next option, like you said is freight (UPS and FedEx also does freight). There is a significant added cost for residential delivery with freight. Here are a few links I found when looking into the freight options, perhaps they will help;

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-to-ship-freight-weight-items-on-ebay-1140541

https://fleamarketflipper.com/freight-shipping-101/

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As I recall you have made some of these chairs before, right? If you have access to any of them, take measurements of how large the box will need to be (including packaging material) and weigh it. 

Then you can call/go into UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, or whatever other shipping service and ask for a quote. Some have online calculators as well. 

If you get someone friendly, they may have suggestions on how to lower the shipping cost. Sometimes just slightly changing the box dimensions can put you in a different pricing tier. 

If you have any connections to someone that has a commercial shipping account, ask if they can ship it for you. The last company I worked for could ship stuff for 1/3-1/2 the normal rate. 

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If you really WANT the commission, you can also consider how to build the chairs so that they can pack flat. I think the volume is going to kill you, not the weight.

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Road trip.  Build the cost of gas and hotels into the cost of the build.

Yeah, I know.

There are more than a few logistics companies out there that will do the majority of the leg work for you but you'll have to have a pretty good estimate of the volume and weight before anyone can give you valid answers.

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You might offer to meet them half way, so long as they covered your expenses. With that being said, if you COULD find a freight company to ship your two boxes, it would probably be cheaper for your client and a lot less trouble for you.

I would imagine you'd have to build a plywood crate for each chair to insure that your chairs arrived in the best condition. That's a consideration that you'd have to figure into your price. I don't really see how it could be cost effective for your client.

It's a great compliment to you that she's wanting to have you build the chairs for her.

 

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On 5/13/2019 at 7:19 PM, wtnhighlander said:

If you really WANT the commission, you can also consider how to build the chairs so that they can pack flat. I think the volume is going to kill you, not the weight.

I found this to be true. 

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