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  • Tight Spaced Sign Trays Fitting – ideas?

    Posted by Michal Uhruski on February 26, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Hello All… just wondering if anyone did something like this before:
    I’d have approx 6 sign trays (50mm returns, around 2.7m long but only around 400mm high)
    And i need to stack them one above another (with a small gap – maybe 20mm or so)

    Normally i’d have aluminium angles running top and bottom edge, pop your tray on and put screws from top and the bottom.

    However in this case – i won’t have access to either top or bottom edges of these (save for the bottom edge of the bottom tray and the top edge of the top tray).

    The reason these are separate and close fitting – is that it’s to be kind of directory for businesses inside the building. I’d like to be able to replace trays if the tenant moves out and decides to take his sign with him. And i’d like to be able to do it regardless which tray it is without disassembling the whole thing.

    Another thing is that i’m worried that without any fixing in the long edge – these will eventually bulge out.
    And i don’t want to be putting screws in the face of them – whole point of doing trays in the first place 🙂

    Anyhow – let me know if you have any ideas or done something similar.
    Some brackets? Push-fits?


    Jeff replied 1 month, 1 week ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • David Hammond

    February 26, 2024 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like you need an upstand, or “top hat” return.

    Hard to explain, and I’ve not got my laptop to draw a diagram.

  • Michal Uhruski

    February 27, 2024 at 8:45 am

    Thanks! Like so? Fold the return again the other way to create a lip?


  • Michal Uhruski

    February 27, 2024 at 8:48 am

    Yeah – makes sense – i thought that i could also cut them out and stagger them from tray to tray so they interlock and i could bring them closer again.

    Thanks guys 🙂


    • David Hammond

      February 27, 2024 at 12:17 pm

      Check out Ashby’s or Spandex Systems, they might do a modular system where you can change the panels more easily than changing an entire tray.

  • Andy Thorne

    February 28, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    And if you want to hide your fixings you could paint a strip (or preferably a piece of aluminium box for rigidity) and fit with 3M dual lock dots so can be removed if needed.

  • Colin Crabb

    February 29, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Never used them, so have no idea, but saw these today at Signgeer


  • Jeff

    March 1, 2024 at 7:34 am

    William Smith also sells a similar type of fixings.

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