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Question Paneling a Router Job Question

Discussion in 'CNC Routers & Engravers' started by Barry Jenicek, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Barry Jenicek

    Barry Jenicek Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Today, I will be doing some research on how to panel a 5’ x 5’ sign on my Gerber 408 Router.

    Naturally, the Gerber Software PANEL's the output into two sections. I have experience with paneling Vinyl on my Gerber Edge. Paneling vinyl allows for an overlap on to each panel. However, logic dictates, that Router Paneling has no overlap because each panel must be fitted butt-to-butt.

    Is Router Paneling a “big thing” or is it simple to do? Have you had any experience with Paneling? Is there any Tricks of the Trade that you can share? Do you know of any publications or articles in the Trade Magazines that have addressed this question?

  2. henryz

    henryz Member

    Nov 6, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Route the panel like you normally would, try to avoid the copy if possible. We glue a flat piece of .125 alum to create a lip and them glue the other half to it. you can leave the visible seem or put a few tack and bondo the face.
  3. Eric H

    Eric H Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Normally if it is just a long panel like a 4x10 it can be paneled in artpath and you would just size the panel where you want it and pull it down. Since your piece is 5x5 it won't fit on the table it needs to be separated into two pieces in composer or whatever design program your using. Basically like your making two signs and putting them together. Like Henryz said try to avoid carved sections if possible. If there are carved sections you need to let them extend past the edge of the panel so you don't get a beveled edge on the seam if you are doing prismatic carving.
  4. Martin Denton

    Martin Denton Member

    Aug 17, 2017
    Manchester, UK
    to join the two panels we use a tongue and groove on the rear by taping one piece of substrate set back from the edge as a spacer then another piece over and butted to the edge as the groove then a tongue of the same substrate to the other side, keeps them pulled nicely together across the face and you can pull the panels apart with ease

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