It’s been an interesting couple of days. Some of you know that I have Mondays and Tuesdays off. I also keep watch over my Grandson for part of the day on those days.
Well, it all started when I came up with the need to ship an oversized item to a friend of mine. The item I want to ship is an odd size, approximately 1" x 6" x 6’8." That’s right, it’s almost the same dimensions as a piece of lumber. Oh, and it’s fragile!
My first thought was to just drop it off at the UPS Store near me and let them pack it and ship it for me. Not going to happen!
I got up early Monday, well, I get up early every day, so let’s just say I got out of the house early Monday and went to Home Depot to get some ideas on how to package this thing. I thought a couple of one by eight pieces of lumber with a couple of one by ones sandwiched between them would do the trick. Wrong! The price of lumber these days is almost as much as gold was a few years back. To do it that way it would weigh a ton and cost over thirty dollars just to pack.
I came home and got a call off to the UPS store, told them the dimensions and asked for a price quote. Just for the cardboard boxes alone it would be sixty dollars and that’s before labor was factored in! Nope! Back to the drawing board. The rest of Monday was spent with Trenton.
Oh, yeah, tell me, how can a six-year-old boy enjoy watching the same movie for the one-hundredth time? Yikes!
Okay, Tuesday dawns and I’m out early again, back to Home Depot. I am trying to think light this time.
I remember using door skins to build something years ago that had to be light. Yes, I find door skins! Only six dollars for a four-foot by seven foot sheet. I got them to do two cuts on it for free and it was off to find the one by one pieces of lumber. Hmmm, they didn’t have one by ones, so I settled on one by twos. I needed two of them, and they cost less than two dollars each. Now off to look for a box of screws. I chose zinc instead of stainless to keep the price down. The package will probably get discarded after unpacking, so who cares if the screws rust six months from now, right? Oh, total cost is less than fourteen dollars. Yeah!
Now it’s off to Wal-Mart’s, which is close, to buy some new DVD’s for Trenton and to save my sanity, LOL!
I get home and get everything laid out and Trenton arrives on cue. He is excited that Grandpa has a project for US to do. He sees the 18volt battery operated drill and his eyes go wide with excitement. He picks it up and squeezes the trigger and I know he is imagining it shooting out a laser beam and taking out the house next door.
As I start to drill the guide holes for the screws Trenton asks, "When can I drill one, Grandpa?" Hmmm. This twenty-minute task is now going to take the better part of an hour, but I give in and hold the drill each time while he pulls the trigger. Then we line up the pieces to screw together and he is a big help here. He gets so excited as the packing crate takes form. I guide the drill as we screw what seems like a thousand screws into the wood. It’s looking pretty good at this point.
It’s time to fit the last piece on and seal the packing crate up. I go get the item to be shipped and it fit in there perfectly. It’s just a hair tight, though, so when it’s unpacked, it’s not going to come out by opening one end and sliding out. No, the receiving party is going to have to unscrew one side and lift it out. Sorry, but it’s a gift, right? So I hope they still appreciate it while they are unscrewing that fiftieth screw to get the crate open, LOL!
Paulette arrives home, as we are finishing up. Trenton stays with me and we are done. Trenton’s Dad pulls up and He and Trenton go inside to see Paulette before Trenton is bundled off to home.
Later, Paulette tells me all the little guy could talk about is how he built the packing crate. His Dad is going to have to hear about the project all night long. I love it!
Today I’ll try and get away on a break and take this to the UPS Store and get it shipped. It felt good doing something nice for a friend and getting the little guy involved. I had a good two days off!