- Published: Monday, 22 August 2016
- Written by Jon Chandler
The FAA recently asked me to come up with a solution for mounting one of my Wake Turbulence Timers at a location with a metal console panel; they didn't want to cut a hole through the panel but preferred a surface-mount solution instead. One hard requirement was that it use a standard timer with no modifications in case the timer had to be replaced at some time in the future.
T-Slots and Tabs
I have used t-slots in laser-cut acrylic before to make a stand-alone enclosure for use in a training center but I'm not sure that approach will stand up to day-to-day use and abuse past the point where I no longer care. The technique is handy for some applications but perhaps not a heavy-duty industrial application.
Apparently I haven't posted about the t-slot method here before, so I'll touch on it lightly. In a t-slot joint, one panel has tabs that fit into slots on the mating panel, and a t-slot that's (typically) sized to fit a 3mm nut across the flats. A screw goes through the mating panel into the nut and is tightened to hold the joint secure.Discuss this article in the forums (3 replies).