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Project by PopsHuckster posted 02-13-2015 03:03 AM 6230 views 143 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been intrigued with some of the unique wall switch covers I’ve seen lately in mags and home good catalogs. After making one from a picture I saw, I thought it was time to do one of my own. I thought about those knife switches you used to see in the old Frankenstein movies they used to bring the monster to life. With the help of a program called “Gear Generator” I downloaded from the net many years ago for free, I set out to design. Once it’s sealed I’ll probably put it in the shop to turn the lights on/off.

I learned a couple things while doing this project: 1. I’m getting too old and shaky to cut out gears this small anymore. 2: The eyes aren’t as good as they used to be either. BUT it hasn’t stopped me from working on another design already… just not as mechanical.

this shows the 2 main gears and the rack assembly needed to convert opposite motion into action needed to keep the UP-On and DOWN-OFF action correct. Thanks Gear Generator.

Putting the lever up turns it’s attached gear CW, this turns the little idler gear (#@%#!!) CCW and moves the rack assembly up. With it’s attached plate and hole over the wall switch, it turns the light switch on.

Operating the lever down causes the small idler gear (@#&%!!) to turn CW and move the plate attached to the rack down, turning the light switch OFF. The bracketed symbols represent the frustration from cutting the small gear out… 3 times. I used walnut, BB and poplar for the build. Next switch cover? An emergency / fire alarm button to turn ON/OFF and dim a dimmer switch I now have in the computer room.

This is the wall switch that started the project. I saw it in a small catalog and decided to make my own version of it. Painted after this shot was taken.

Link to You Tube video of switch working:

-- Pop

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 03:09 AM

How cool is this. Way way cool. Perfect way to start the day in the shop.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 03:09 AM

Now those are very cool. As an OLD electrician, I say again, very cool.

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 03:30 AM

I like it. Way to go

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 03:56 AM

It’s alive, love it.

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 04:54 AM

Now that is unique! It’s a like for me!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 05:11 AM

These are fantastic!

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 07:02 AM

Outstanding and very inovating! Great idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 09:41 AM

What a great idea!
Looks like they make you feel like powering up something serious stuff.. Like this machine for instance:,12.555205,3a,75y,325.99h,68.76t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sOZT2a1DV6wAAAAQYWz2lJw!2e0!3e2
(interactive map- have a look around!)

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 09:43 AM

Really cool! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 12:11 PM

Too cool, definitely want to try making one of these for myself.

-- Jeff, Charleston SC

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 12:37 PM

Great design and build

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#12 posted 02-13-2015 01:42 PM

Nice work! Great idea!

By the way. your truck is beautiful!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#13 posted 02-13-2015 01:46 PM

Super cool. Really fun idea. And a technical challenge all in one. Great job

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 02-13-2015 01:55 PM

Congratulations on a great build.
I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 02-13-2015 01:57 PM

Thats awesome! Gotta make one now, haha.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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