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How do you build aluminum cabinet blanks?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by nolanola, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. nolanola

    nolanola Member

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    Hello forum.
    We want to start producing aluminum cabinet signs at our shop.
    The depth varies from 1" to 3".
    We have a chop saw and a welder.

    What is the best way to do it?
    Do you glue faces to it (weld mount) or do you weld it?
    How do you treat the seams and the corners? Is it appropriate to use bondo?
    How do you secure threaded studs inside?


    Thank you.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/yNMD4QF1uAnxksaW8
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Looks like a union meeting going on in the background.....................
     
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  3. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Check out Signcomp extrusions - all the components you would need.
     
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  4. henryz

    henryz Member

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    I think you can start by having a simple drawing, blank cabinets? the image you show is a background with a bunch of sequins. If those are the studs you are referring too. They sell the boards with studs on them you just snap the sequins on them.
     
  5. nolanola

    nolanola Member

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    The studs are the hanging hardware.
    It's a 2x2 square tube, mitered corners, aluminum faces glued to the frame.
     
  6. Robbie Moore

    Robbie Moore New Member

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    Looks like Jim’s shop you have way more than a welding machine and chop saw.
     
  7. Big Rice Field

    Big Rice Field Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

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    www.signcomp.com

    I agree. Signcomp extrusions are da bomb!
     
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