How to Make Wooden Light Switch Covers for Profit

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How to Make Wooden Light Switch Covers for Profit
Create your own wooden light switch covers for profit. (light switch image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Wooden light switch covers are a great way to spruce up the decor of a room or wall. You can make them for profit by taking the time necessary to create both quality and quantity. To succeed in this venture, be meticulous about each detail that goes into making the wooden light switch covers.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Light switch cover
  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sheet of wood, 1/4 inch thick
  • Band saw
  • Router
  • Fine and coarse grit sand paper
  • Rasp
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood stain

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create the pattern for your light switch covers by measuring the dimensions of the sample light switch cover's exterior edges and centre rectangular hole. Transfer the measurements onto the cardboard paper and then draw a pattern. Write the dimensions of the exterior edges and centre rectangular hole onto the cardboard. Also include the accurate location of the two screw holes at the top and bottom edges of the switch cover. Cut out the pattern with a pair of scissors.

  2. 2

    Trace the pattern repeatedly onto the sheet of wood.

  3. 3

    Cut along the exterior edges of the rectangle patterns, that are the light switch covers, with the band saw. Feed the wood through the band saw slowly and carefully, to create professional looking straight lines.

  4. 4

    Cut out the centre rectangular hole of each cover with the router.

  5. 5

    Sand away rough edges using coarse and fine grit sand paper. Use a thin or spherical rasp to make the centre rectangular hole more square, moving it back and forth in the corners of the rectangle.

  6. 6

    Place the pattern on top of the wooden light switch cover. Poke a thumbtack through the pattern to mark the location of the screw holes onto the wood. Repeat for each wooden cover.

  7. 7

    Load a drill bit, matching the width of the holes in the sample light switch cover, into a cordless drill. Holding the drill vertically, drill a hole into each mark you made with the thumbtack, to create the cover's screw holes.

  8. 8

    Lay the switch covers face up on a bed of old rags or paper towels. Apply two even coats of wood stain to each cover, allow the stain to dry four hours between each coat.

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