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Post Thu May 23, 2013 3:29 pm

Timber posts with acrylic panel - how would you make them?

Hi All

I am doing some signs which need to be a timber post with acrylic panel. There will be some finger signs with a single post and panel out to one side, and some interpretive panels which will be 2 posts with 1 or 2 panels between them.

So how would you make these? I was going to get some 100mm pressure-treated redwood and have a 10mm groove cut into them to let the panels into, then fix with screws and cover the screws with redwood plugs, but I am wondering if there is a better option as my local timber supplied can only put in a 30mm groove which doesn't really leave enough space to drill the fixing holes. If I drilled a 5mm hole it would only be about 12.5mm in from the edge of the post and panel which in my mind isn't enough.

I then wondered about using some kind of stainless steel panel fixing but they are pretty expensive. Does anyone have any experience of this type of job?

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John
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Post Thu May 23, 2013 10:01 pm

Can you not cut your slots with a plunge router, you will need a few passes to get the full depth. Depending on the finish, you could incorporate stainless bolts as part of the design.

Interference fit the panels, then drill and peg is another option...
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Post Fri May 24, 2013 12:03 am

Do the panels need to be set in the posts or could they be mounted to the front of the posts. The fastenings could be part of the overall design much as you get with acrylic panels mounted on a wall with stand offs. That saves you the need to cut any sort of slot but you could use a normal hand held router as Graham has suggested.

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