Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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corners must have trued things up since the finished frame was fine. The vertical members, made of more 1.25" x 1.25" tubing, were secured using our formed triangle shaped brackets, and this was the last step before installing the faces. For one man, getting the first sign panel perfectly vertical and perfectly centered can be a bit of a chore, since holding a part exactly in place and using a screw gun at the same time may require three hands. But with some effort the work can be done with just two, and the trick is to get the center one exactly right, and then work left and right. Quickly I did the drilling, riveting and touch up painting, and I was really motivated because a junior high football game was starting over my shoulder as I worked. Fortunately, I had allowed ¼" to 3/8" extra space in the frame so the fit did not have to be unmanageably perfect, and the faces, which had been graphically com- pleted by my crew back at the shop, went together with very tight fitting seams. This was a fun job, and was truly a one-man parade. But I enjoy things like that and the design of two-piece posts, the light weight "extruded" aluminum frame—and simple shop-made hardware, all prefinished at the powder coating shop—made the construction a simple "tinker toy" procedure. If you have a job like this one to build, especially if you work alone or with little help, the construction methods used for this basic sign job are ideal for a one man crew, and may be worth considering for your next project. SDG The sign face with graphics were made in three 4' x 6' panels, making a 6' x 12' sign plus its picture frame. Only a few are show- ing here, but the faces were secured with many pairs of 3/16" rivets. The last panel is set into place, and the only clumsy part of the job is trying to hold it in perfect alignment with just one hand while drill- ing rivet holes with the other. S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2017 • 63

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