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  • Erdy Cem

    Member
    February 28, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Hi Guys,

    I saw earlier on this board, quite a few people are making their sign trays with Festool. Can you share your experiences, how do you most efficiently and accurately cut the corners out and what method do you use to join the corners?

    Thanks

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    March 1, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Hi Erdy.

    The Festool is a brilliant bit of kit.
    The guide rail makes it idiot-proof, route all of the edges, cut out the notches with shears & strengthen with a 40 x40 aluminium bracket & a couple of rivets in each corner. Pays for itself in no time

    • Erdy Cem

      Member
      March 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks for sharing this and the images Kev…

      Where do you buy this tool? Is it adjustable for different return sizes?

      Thanks

  • Jeff Rea

    Member
    March 1, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    I am not a fan of the envelope type folded corners.

    I prefer to just snip-out the corners after using my Festool. Then rivet aluminium L-shape corner supports in place.

    Nice snips tool, Kev!

    • Erdy Cem

      Member
      March 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Jeff..

      How do you snip out the corner? With a tool or you just cut with a knife?

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    March 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Can’t remember where I got mine, they’re available on Amazon. We generally do 50mm returns so easy enough with these things. Any bigger than that I’d just use a straight edge & a stanley knife

    • Erdy Cem

      Member
      March 1, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Kev.. ordered one from Amazon 🙂

  • Peter Cassidy

    Member
    March 4, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Once you have routered your groove from the composite. A Stanley knife will cut the thin skin that’s left of aluminium. better with tin snips as mention by others though.

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