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channel letters material and tools

Discussion in 'Installation Equipment & Techniques' started by bingo, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. bingo

    bingo New Member

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    Hi, I ordered what I thought was aluminium roll for channel letters, my Spanish supplier sent this, does anyone have experience with this? I think the PVC goes below the foam which would be at the bottom. Also can anyone recommend a tool to bend the aluminium to the form of the letters? links appreciated. IMG_20181024_101005.jpg
     

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  2. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    It scares the crap out of me that people are trying to learn how to build and install channel letters from a forum.
     
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  3. visual800

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    Im totally lost on this post, is that trimcap?...what you need to do sir is sub out all you can and maybe down the road you can do this
     
  4. bingo

    bingo New Member

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    yep thats what i was doing, now is down the road time
     
  5. bingo

    bingo New Member

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    some of us have no other option
     
  6. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    ok. You would need a 4' finger brake to form the aluminum letters, a router would be excellent for cutting the backs and faces of letters UNLESS you wanna use a jigsaw. you are going to need a notcher also, aluminum rivets, weld on cenent to put that trimcap on faces
     
  7. bingo

    bingo New Member

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    Do you have a recommendation fort a "4' finger brake" I did a quick search and most seem too big for my needs.I it was my intention initially to continue to have the faces and backs cut by a third party, but a router has been on the shopping list for a long time. Thanks for the tips!
     
  8. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    tennsmith top of the line imo
     
  9. Robbie Moore

    Robbie Moore New Member

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    Until you have all the components I wouldn’t start manufacturing in house. You need a CNC router, accubend machine or another brand to produce the returns, hundreds of magnets, set of knickers and some knowledge on LEDs and wiring.
     
  10. kcollinsdesign

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    You are probably doing 3 or more sets of channel letters/day to be able to make them cheaper than they are available from a wholesaler. By now you should know everything there is to know about making these. I don't understand the post.
     
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