As with everything we fabricate at FAS, crates are always available in custom form to fit the needs of both the client and the artwork. Here are some details about the typical crates we build.
Standard One-Way Crate –
Our most basic economic crate constructed of a combination ¾” & ½” CD grade plywood box with handles and corner reinforcements with 2” urethane foam lining for insulation and shock protection for the piece. Wood screw closure.
Slat Crate –
This type of crate is an open style using 1”x4”, 1”x6”, and 1”x12” dimensional lumber in conjunction with some ½” and ¾” CD grade plywood and appropriate bracing provided based on the individual piece needs. We generally use slat crates to crate furniture and sculpture, in order to provide a way of safely handling pieces, in addition, if necessary slat crates are capable for use in conjunction with an exhibit crate.
Standard Exhibit Crate -
Crate Exterior – We construct composition boxes with ½” Meranti plywood and dimensional lumber batten. We thoroughly seal exhibit crates on the exterior with two coats of either oil-based polyurethane or painted to customer specified color; we caulk all seams and nail holes. Exhibit crates have a bolt type closure; in addition, we weather-strip openings for an airtight seal.
Crate Interior – Typically, we insulate the interior of an exhibit crate with a 1” ethafoam (polylam) lining and a 2” ethafoam (polylam) blocking to create an insulating air space and to provide shock protection for an inner crate or travel frame. We seal the interior with one coat of water-based polyurethane and we caulk all seams.