Thorondor, on 23 June 2021 - 09:48 AM, said:
All I'd maybe add as a final touch would be something like an odor absorbing air freshener (example
). Regardless, van ready to ship out!
Our vans never smell bad. It's not like we store stinky gym socks in there or something. The only air freshener we have is the natural perfumes of the flowers.
Space Voyager, on 25 June 2021 - 07:09 PM, said:
One of the most impressive things about your work, IMO, is that you take something others would toss away as unusable and buy a new thing (board in this case)... and make it look - at least in the majority of the area - better than it ever did.
Thanks. Part of the reason I end up reusing, refurbishing or fixing existing items is because I do not have any kind of maintenance budget to draw from. Well, that's not entirely true, if something is beyond my capabilities or doesn't pay to fix I'll petition the bossman for a new one (or if it's small, I'll find one lightly used off eBay for cheap). Most often it would just take too much time to get something new rather than fix what you already have. And with COVID, I'd much rather stay at work than going shopping.
Well I promised you guys I'd show you how I make smaller boxes from larger ones so there's no time like the present. In the past, flowers came in big coffin-style cardboard boxes with approximate dimensions 48x20x12 inches or 122x51x30 cm (which I assume is optimized for shipping on wood pallets). Sometimes you do not need the enormous quantities a box this big holds so smaller boxes are used (but based off the big one). There are half-boxes (half as high as a full size box) and quarter boxes (half as wide as a half box). A lot of our flowers these days are shipped in what I call eighth boxes (half as high as a quarter box) with approximate dimensions of 48x10x3 inches or 122x25x8 cm. Our suppliers do not take back this size box because they are just too small to reuse. We used to recycle them but I noticed that they are just a little different from normal beer flats which we use a ton of. Beer flat:
Getting empty beer flats isn't hard or expensive, most liquor stores or convenience stores will probably save them for you to pick up. But it boils down to time. It takes a long time to sort the boxes out by type and stack them up (all are slightly different). If I make them up myself, everything is uniform. Heck, you can even purchase unfolded beer flats yourself from Uline supply. Anyhow, here's a pic of an eighth box with carnations:
There is a plastic strap which holds the carnations from moving around. All of the boxes from this company have 3 holes for strapping even though not all flowers require a strap. These holes are spaced out evenly in the center of the long side of the box so it makes it dirt easy to figure out the center. These boxes are way too long for us to use as-is, but if they are half as long they are almost perfect. So step 1 is to cut the sides down in the center:
I just use a Victorinox paring knife for this part as I can cut through both layers at once. After that, step 2 is to cut the base:
I use a utility knife for this step and all other cutting steps. Now the box is in half. But we only have 3 sides. Time to construct the final side ourselves. It's a little difficult to explain, but you need to cut the two edges the same length as the box is high. After that you need to score the base so it folds up nicely (can't cut completely through)! This is step 3:
The next step is optional, but I like to fold the bottom up first, then fold the side flaps over that so the sides are properly creased (alternatively you could score the cardboard like you did for the bottom, but this takes more time). This is step 4:
You could stop right here and staple the box together and it would be fine. I like to staple the box together with the flaps on the inside of the box so it doesn't "catch" on things (plus it looks nicer). I've been using two regular ACE clipper staples for each flap as I ran out of heavy duty ACE clipper staples (my suppliers can't get them even though they are listed on the ACE clipper website and ACE will not sell to a non-wholesaler like myself). Anyway step 5:
And that's all there is to it. After I staple some together I stack them up so they are easier to store inside our old-time styrofoam full size flower boxes (you can refer back to a pic in this post
if you want). Granted, I have it easy because these boxes have a center already marked. It's possible to make up a smaller box like this without the handy holes but you either have to guess at the center, or mark it, or make some marks on a table to use as a template. In any case it's a handy skill to have for a Zombie Apocalypse or just to show off.