Crate Fabrication

As with everything we fabricate at Displays Fine Art Services, crates are always available in custom form to fit the needs of both the client and the fine art

Displays provides an assortment of crate solutions for a variety of budgets and applications.

Options range from basic crates and slat crates for shipping furniture and sculpture to museum-quality exhibit crates with travel frames to ensure maximum protection during transport.

No matter the size and shape of your fine art, Displays can make the perfect crate to suit your needs.

Crates We Build:

Standard Basic Crate:

Our most economic crate, the basic crate is constructed with a combination of ¾” & ½” CD grade plywood with handles and corner reinforcements, utilizing urethane or ethafoam linings for insulation and shock protection for the piece. Wood screw closure.

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 caulk all seams.

Intermediate Crate:

An Intermediate crate is anything that falls in that area between a basic crate and an exhibition crate based on piece needs or client specifications. No matter the size and shape of your fine art, we can make the perfect crate to suit your needs.

Slat Crate:

Open-style crate using 1”x4”, 1”x6” and 1”x12” dimensional lumber in conjunction with ½” and ¾” CD grade plywood with appropriate bracing provided based on the individual piece needs. We generally use slat crates to crate furniture and sculptures in order to provide a way of safely handling delicate or difficult pieces. In addition, slat crates are capable for use in conjunction with a basic or exhibit crate.

Interior Crate Options:

Inner Crate – Construction may vary, although, typically, inner crates are constructed from ¾” & ½” Meranti plywood in similar fashion to our one-way crate, except we sand and coat an inner crate inside and out with water-based polyurethane. All seams are caulked and openings are weather-striped with a screw closure. We usually line the inner crates with 2” urethane foam for insulation and shock protection. For smaller pieces, we may use a gator foam inner box based on the needs of the piece as well as the client’s preference.

Travel Frame – Fabrication is typically 1”x12” & 1”x6” construction with open slats and we normally use the travel frames in conjunction with Oz Clips™ to secure the piece inside the travel frame. With a travel frame, nothing touches the surface of the painting and in some cases, we will include foam blocking under and occasionally on the sides to prevent shifting during transit. Travel frames can be up fitted with Coroplast over openings when desired.

Interior crate systems ensure protection of delicate contents

Custom interior systems prevent shifting during handling and transport

Crate interiors are customized to fit the needs of the art

Crate interiors are customized to fit the needs of the art

Exhibition crate with 3 individual foam core boxes

Slat crates can be used for furniture and sculpture

Basic crates provide affordable protection

Our shop mascot, "Sawsome," helps ensure excellence in all workmanship

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