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Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby FixitMike » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:05 pm

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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby highpockets » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:34 pm

Thanks for sharing Mike.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby Tundraman » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:14 am

Mike,
Looks great! :)

It looks like solid surface material?
Is the fill paint or something else?

Thanks for the files, as well.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby mezalick » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:16 am

Very nice Mike,,,Very clean design.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby FixitMike » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:05 am

Process:
3/8" Baltic birch plywood.
2 coats wipe on poly. Sand lightly
Carve back pocket
Carve front
Countersink switch screw holes. Mask 2 csk holes in unpainted area.
Fill design with black artists acrylic paint
Sand to remove excess paint.
Blow out sanding dust with compressed air.
Bandsaw and belt sand corners
3/16" roundover edges on table router.
2 coats of wipe on poly, sand lightly.
Glue regular switch cover in back pocket with medium instant glue.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby highpockets » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:17 am

Mike,
Not looking a gift horse in the mouth, but why is the "Back side pocket" offset to the right? I'm assuming that's for the switch plate. Shouldn't it be center on the two light switch holes?
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby FixitMike » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:22 am

The back side pocket is mirrored because you flip the board (side to side) to cut it. It is also cut a little oversize on the width so you don't have to be real precise when you flip the board.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby highpockets » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:23 am

Never mind, I figured it out, the switches are offset just a bit and the pocket is on the backside so it's showing in reverse mirror.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby highpockets » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:24 am

LOL!!! You answered while I was retracting my question....
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby subsea » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:06 pm

Mike, great looking dragon. Thanks for the file.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby woody53 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:14 pm

Thanks for sharing, Mike. Gonna make a single switch for my S.O.'s grandson. He loves dragons. Great idea and thanks again. will post when I do it.

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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby woody53 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:04 am

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Got it done, Thanks Mike.
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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby bravesoul » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:42 pm

Not sure why the original plate has to be fitted into this? Is it for safety reasons?

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Re: Light switch dragon cover plate.

Postby FixitMike » Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:12 pm

bravesoul wrote:Not sure why the original plate has to be fitted into this? Is it for safety reasons?

Joe


Yes. Electrical code requires that cover plates be non flammable. Also, it reduces the chances of the wood splitting if you tighten the screws too much.
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