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Opinions on two sided builders signs

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Stormyj, May 27, 2019.

  1. Stormyj

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    Howdy all,
    Just wanted to get some opinions on how you build your 2 sided developer signage. I normally use a 4x8 sheet with slotted 4x4 posts with 2x4 on upper and lower. I cover the primed 4x8 sheet with printed vinyl. This usually works out well. Im just wondering how others do it. If I can find an easier way that still looks professional, I might consider it. It takes a few man hours routing the 4x4s and building the sign prior to bring it to the install area. Ive attached a little drawing of how I do it. I usually place a finial on top to add that little, well, whatever. lol. Thanks for the feedback. if you want to respond with some work you have done, feel free.
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  2. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I use ACM. Since ACM is cheap, I use two single sided sheets. I put two 4x4 posts up and use "L" brackets on the inside of the 4x4s to fasten two 2x4x88" in the middle...so I have a frame. Then I just fasten the two ACM sheets to the on either side.

    Takes about an hour or hour and half from the time I pull up to the time I leave. Only prep before I go out there is just buying the lumber from Home Depot
     
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    I like it and use a similar or the same approach on anything not deemed temporary. We like how all four edges of the panel are captured in the channels and makes for a far more rigid sign.

    Are you routing channels into the upper and lower 2"x4"s as well?
     
  4. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    I just put 2x4 cleats. Usually 2"x4"x6". Screw them 1.5" in from the edges of you sign.
    Since we now use ACM for everything i also put two 45 degree braces inside the sign. Screwed to the posts and crosspieces.
    When we used to use 1/2" plywood (Crezon or the like) you didn't need to put angled braces to strengthen the frame.
     
  5. Stormyj

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  6. Stormyj

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    I do not route the 2x4s. The side only keep it pretty rigid. A only use MDO. I feel that ACM is to flexible and can blow out or bend. I have had to go out to too many ACM signs and repair them.
     
  7. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    If you're repairing them then you're building them wrong. You have to use stringers for 3mm ACM.. 6mm you might get away with.
     
  8. Stormyj

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    Then Im using 2 sheets of acm. Ill just use a single sheet of painted MDO board and be done with it. Builder signs are temporary anyway. Not more then a year and MDO lasts well more then that. Works fine for me.
     
  9. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    How much is one MDO board? How much time does it take to get it ready?
     
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