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60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by Nacs Fab » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:07 pm

I have a job request to cut a 60" tall by 58" wide letter "Z" from a customer supplied dxf file. They want it to have fully welded and finished seams with a 2" reveal to make it have a 3D look. I am invisioning a flat 14 gauge main body with 2" wide 20 gauge steel formed to fit the edges of the letter and fully welded (carefully and slowly) and then finish ground. They want 6" long 1/4" dowel "studs" and 3" long spacers (10 total of each). This will then be fully primered and painted with a custom color. The plan is for the owner to install LED Lighting inside the cavity of the letter in the back and it will space off the brickwork roughly 1". Attached is a DXF.
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Re: 60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by tinspark » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:25 am

$500.oo
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Re: 60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by OTHill » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am

You could have a real warpage problem welding something like that.
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Re: 60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by djreiswig » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:20 pm

Could you cut it with the reveal attached to the straight areas and just bend those areas instead of welding? Then you would only have to weld the curves and corners. Would help with warpage and I would think cut the assembly time by quite a bit.
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Re: 60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by tnbndr » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:33 pm

Could you cut it with the reveal attached to the straight areas and just bend those areas instead of welding
Good idea, but would need a box and pan brake or magnetic brake.
I could be done welded but I would go heavier , 10 or 12 gauge body with 14 or 16 gauge wrap,to avoid warping and weld randomly and let cool before next weld. Time consuming. You are going to have to supply some kind of template with the dowel hole placement for a drilling guide.
My guesstimate would be $750 - $1000.
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Re: 60" Tall metal "Z" letter price check

Post by Gamelord » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:59 pm

Build it out of aluminum. Won't rust and is easier to weld without warpage. I would go 10ga.
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