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Mounting panels to round posts...

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Signsforwhile, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    We're making 1" thick panels that are 64" tall 48" wide. These were originally to be mounted on square posts without caps.

    Got thrown a curve ball this morning. Signs need to be mounted on 3" round posts with attached finnials. Originally thought to just use the round sign comp kit but they are 3 1/4" round and the finnials I can only find in 3"

    So how would you attach these. The only thing I can think of is running a fastener from the outside of the post into the side of the panel. But even then I'm not crazy about a fastener head on the outside of the post even though it will be painted.

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  2. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    1" x 1/8" angles on all four corners, top and bottom, of the sign, bolted into the posts. The only thing you'll see is part of the angle and the bolt. Paint 'em and be done with it.
     
  3. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Make a square tube frame to go in between the panels. Dado the posts to accept stringers top and bottom. Attach a cleat to each post. Endless variety of ways. Glad I could help.
     
  4. Moze

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    My first choice would be ton slot the post from the finial downward equal to the height and depth of the panel. If they ever want to change the panel, they can remove the finials, pull the panel out the top, slide the new one in. That way there are no exposed fasteners. If they don't care about that, then that opens up a number of ways to do it.
     
  5. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    3/4" U-channel, and 2 1/8" panels:
     

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  6. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    +++++++++++
     
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    :rock-n-roll:
     
  8. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    Liking this idea. But how do you suggest attaching the .125 faces to the u-channel?
     
  9. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    Good call.

    VHB tape and/or countersunk screws.
     
  10. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Obviously they meant POSTS.


    JB
     
  11. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    I think he meant two .125" panels.
     
  12. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    yes. 2) 1/8" panels to have a finish depth of the specced out 1"
     
  13. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    Since this will be over a frame I'm thinking .080 would be a sufficient gauge no?
     
  14. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    .080 would be fine.
     
  15. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    .063 pushing it? Then I can get the metal flat black. Eliminates need the paint these bad boys!
     
  16. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    By itself, it's too thin for that size in my opinion. Then again, you can use .063" and VHB tape some 3/4" square aluminum tube between the sheets to give it some rigidity.
     
  17. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    IMHO......3mm Alupanel, Dibond, etc., whichever brand... is the way to go, especially when you start adding up cost of additional support/framing, etc. Most of the 3mm composite products come with a Matt finish on one side, including black. Keep it simple.
     
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    These are getting a 1" square tube frame regardless. So I might go with the .063
     
  19. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    Just figured I'd post an update on these as they are out the door tomorrow morning.

    Made frames that were short of the panels themselves so they would be hidden and there would room for fastener heads to be hidden. Thought they came out pretty slick.

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  20. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    Very clean - nice job!!
     
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