Electric Switch Cover Plates

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Forum topic by kajunkraft posted 02-19-2013 04:05 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 04:05 AM

This is not a really fancy subject but I wonder if anyone has tried to make cover plates for electic (On-Off) switches? I have somewhat of an aversion to the standard plastic covers, plus a few rather odd switches that I have, and tried to make cover plates for them. It seems a little tricky layout. Very thin outer edges with enough space in the center to allow the switch to protrude a bit. And they need to be relatively thin, overall. Have tried to router out the insides or sand them. Can’t seem to get them right. Also tried 2 layers; an open inner plate to provide clearance with an outer plate over them. Will be interested if anyone responds to this one!

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 04:11 AM

I have done the 2 layer approach. Actually a ‘frame’ behind the face plate. Thin the edges with a chamfer or roundover bit in the router table. You will have to route that piece on edge so the guide bearing will have a place to ride. Stand it up against a wider piece of stock when routing rather than trying to balance it on its edge.

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 04:14 AM

I made a cover for a receptacle once. Like the ones you buy but I just wanted to do it. I drilled the holes then routered them for the final size. I used a laminate trimmer and a plastic plate for the pattern. I routered the back to thin it. Seems like I made it when it was 7/8” thick stock then resawed it to the thickness I could sand and make the final part. It turned out good.

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 04:22 AM

Thanks for 2 good approaches. I’ll try both ways until I come up with what works best for me. Seems like a lot of work for such a small thing! But to each his own.

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 05:22 AM

I have done the same as Grandpa but every switch & receptacle plate has been replaced with wood. I also got rid of the ugly globe brass door handles that the house came with as well as the plates for the door dead bolts. When I replaced the switch plates I also replaced the white switches with brown which goes better with walnut stained oak. The door handles I turned on my lathe. Gotta keep the wife happy !


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#5 posted 02-19-2013 07:12 PM

You can get plywood, 1/8” thick at craft stores, like Hobby Lobby and add a lip all around.

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