it’s in the mail

I completed the box for “i can’t be what i once was” and sent it towards Alexandria via FedEx. Here are some pictures of the box before it was sealed up.

the bottom, which is identical to the top except it’s a 1/2″ smaller all the way around

To build the box, I started with two 4’x8′ sheets of cardboard. The painting is 35″x46″x3″, and factoring in for 2 inches of foam on all four sides, the box needed an interior dimension of 39″x50″x7″. After scoring, folding, and taping the sides in place, I put two 1″ pieces of polystyrene in the bottom and on each side. The polystyrene can be found in 4’x8′ sheets at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

polystyrene on sides and bottom

After the polystyrene is in place the painting (wrapped in tyvec) is placed inside the box. Two more pieces of polystyrene are then placed on top to cover the  the face. Once everything is as snug as a bug, the lid slides over the top and sides, and gets taped all the way around.

the painting wrapped in tyvec
polystyrene on top

Of course, after I had the box ready to go, I found out it wasn’t going to fin in my car. So, I shoved it into the trunk, let half of it hang out, strapped it in, and drove it over to the FedEx office.

I ended my weekend with a trip to the lumber store. I left with one 4’x8′ sheet of masonite, and eight 1″x3″x6′ boards. I cut everything down, and will start construction on thirty-two 10″x10″ panels. I still need to get 10 more boards (just in case you did the math), but I could only find eight good straight ones today.

Tomorrow night is the second seminar in the entrepreneurial workshop at SRAC. We are supposed to bring any of our marketing materials we use. I can’t wait to see what everybody brings.