The Keene System: Fabricating strong, lightweight sign structures

By Peter Poanessa

Posted on Friday, June 18th, 2021

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Many businesses need a large sign—a big storefront sign or monument sign. A 3-D sign face mounted on posts or bolted to the wall isn’t always the look they want or need. Years ago I realized that for me to be able to sell big, high value signs comparable to what the electrical sign shops sold, I needed a way to fabricate cabinets practically—even though the signs wouldn’t be interiorly illuminated.

I wanted to be able to build big boxes that had a lot of dimension and mass to them, but I didn’t want anything too heavy. It’s just Mary, my wife, and me here at our shop and we don’t have a crane truck.


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