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Re: Metal Window Sign Frames

Posted By: neontek
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2010, at 12:20 a.m.

In Response To: Metal Window Sign Frames (Dana)

> Anyone making their own metal frames for
> their window signs? I have been bending
> acrylic mostly but want to start making
> these up using 3/8" x 1/8" metal
> bar stock.

> Some of the ones I have obtained are welded
> together. I would probably have to use
> rivets or screws.

> Looking for some tips from someone who is or
> has done them in the past.

> Dana

I have welded and riveted metal frames ( similar to typical neon "beer signs" ).
Rivets will work. But in my experience, after just pop riveting, each riveted location will pivot. You can tighten each spot up by using a "shop press", a bench vise, or simply hammering each rivet FLAT. Just make sure your framework is "square" before you start. After you have done a few, the framework tightens up enough to hold the desired position so you can finish all the remaining rivets fairly quickly.
If you don't have access to a HD break.... you can use a good "beefy" bench vise to hammer-bend the metal to 90 degrees on the ends(using a hammer to flatten out the bend while still secured in the vise ) to acheive "window bumpers" similar to a typical beer sign. I do this before frame assembly.

Tony D.

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