Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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62 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S 62 62 62 • • July 2016 July 2016 July 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 uly 2016 Hiding the Hardware Techniques to help improve your installations B Y R I C K W I L L I A M S Shop Tlk we'll look at a few of the techniques we might use to hide fasteners or fabricate signs that have virtually none of them showing on the nal product. One of the simplest ways of doing this for some types of dimensional signage is shown in the rst couple of illustrations, and that is the old "key hole" slot, good for hanging logos and other sign items particularly if they are going indoors. The dimensional star in the photo below is part of a wall display we have made several of for county ofces and courtrooms at our local Gregg County, Texas, courthouse in our hometown of Longview. In this display the smaller letters were mounted with double-sided tape, the larger letters and circles were installed with short studs, and the three-dimensional star used backplates that incorporated two key-hole slots which t over screw heads and left a bit of offset from the wall. This simple system is hard to beat, and easy to accomplish. Of course an accurate pattern is used to show exactly where (emphasis on "exactly") to place the screws. A display we did for another county service illustrates a simple way to hide the hardware on let- ters that are not going to be stud- mounted and might be a bit heavy for double-sided tape. Part of this job involved install- ing a lot of small black acrylic let- ters, spray painted to a nice satin black nish, and these were cer- tainly light enough to install with double-sided tape. But the larger letters were 3/8" thick solid acrylic and a bit too heavy to feel condent in mounting them with just tape and any type of glue would make a mess on this ofce wall. The lettering was cut very accu- rately and quickly on our Trotec laser, and with that type of preci- sion I decided to make the larger and thicker letters in two layers. T is a lot of things, but one thing it isn't is boring. There are so many different ways to do things, materials to work with, and such a variety of sign techniques that one never can learn it all. And though there are many, many types of sign work, there are nearly just as many different ways to install the sign jobs we produce. Some of our sign installs require coming up with ways to hide the hardware or fasteners, in order to produce a more aesthetic and less "mechanical" look to what we're installing. For this month's Shop Talk, Rick Williams owns Rick's Sign Company, a commercial sign shop in Longview, Texas. He has been in the sign industry since 1973 and documenting the sign business since 1986. Contact him at RickSignCo@ aol.com. ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL This raised three-dimensional star was not stud mounted, but installed in the same way as many clocks, using keyhole slotted mounting plates.

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