018. Switchplate

With this project, you can dress up your walls with tinplate switchplates (yes, they’re perfectly safe). Choose cool graphics from your favorite produce or solvent cans; color-coordinate your switches with your wardrobe; be the envy of all your friends. 

Dimensions: 2-3/4″ wide; 4-1/2″ high

PDF Specs

  • 22 pictures
  • 5 instruction pages
  • 1 plans page
  • No soldering

Price:

  • $2.95

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Difficulty

Tools

  • Vise
  • File
  • Step drill and nibbler or 3/8"-wide wood chisel
  • 5/32" drill
  • 5/32" punch (optional)
  • 9/32" drill
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Awl
  • Hardwood block (for use with chisel)
  • Screws from existing swithplate
  • Drill press
  • Saw for cutting forms

Materials

  • Tinplate
  • Spray adhesive
  • Plywood forms: 1/4" x 2-3/8" x 4-1/8" (3 pcs)
  • 1"-thick hardwood scrap