Help Ship John Lavery's Machine

For: John Lavery's Shipping Fund
Organizer: Brian Brumfield
Help Ship John Lavery's Machine (John Lavery's Shipping Fund)
of $300 goal
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The Story

I have a vintage typewriter with a unique typeface that John has been looking for, for 20 years. With packing materials, the machine will weigh 50 pounds. The cheapest shipping to Australia is $300.

John has helped many people in the typosphere, this is just one small way of returning the favor.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 1, 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014

WOW - we did it, plus a little more (which is always handy for covering anscillary costs - like the crate I am building)!!

I cannot thank you all enough, now I am in the packing and shipping phase.

I have the machine prepped:
  • The basket is automatically locked down on this electric when the power is off,
  • The basket is packed tight with poly bags and packing bubble sheeting,
  • The carriage release levers on both ends of the carriage are tie-wrapped into the disengaged position,
  • The carriage is tie-wrapped in place on both ends and in the middle,
  • The power cord is secured with a velcro cord keeper, and plastic "shrink wrapped" to the body of the machine,
  • The body of the machine is "shrink wrapped" with heavy duty cardboard L brackets locked in place on the top-rear of the carriage, and on the front/top of the leading edge/keyboard,
  • The carriage ends/knobs, are encased with cardboard egg crate, secured with "shrink wrap,"
  • The keyboard is covered with a sheet of foam and that is secured in place with "shrink wrap"
All-in-all, the machine is ready to be placed into the shipping crate.

The crate will consist of a heavy duty cardboard outer box, with plywood bottom and top (clamshell style), with 1x2" (nominal) supports, and heavy duty cardboard L reinforcements for the sides.
The top and bottom will be integrated together with the 1x2" wooden supports and decking screws.

The bottom will have a pair of 1x2" wooden cleats that the machine will sit upon, and 2 runs of 2" nylon webbing will secure the machine to the cleats. 
There will be heavy duty cardboard tubes used to provide side-to-side crush resistance, to ensure that the carriage is protected from side-impacts.
The rest of the space will be suitably filled with foam packing material in bags.

This capsule will be shipped via - they have promised 4 day, air, door-to-door delivery in Australia. My estimated shipping date is Monday, May 1. I will update if that changes.

Thanks again to all!!

Posted on April 13, 2014

Posted on April 13, 2014

Kicking this up a notch ... if you donate $25 or more, I will send you a free, hand-made, custom "Yes, I WILL fix your typewriter!" shirt.

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