Introduction: Custom Light Switch Cover

With this Instructable, I'll show you how I created a custom light switch cover. It's a nice way to personalize a child's bedroom or add something unique to your own.

I made it at TechShop.

Step 1: Measure

Using a set of digital calipers, I created a graphics file that has the same dimensions. You'll need 2 rectangles (the overall shape + the light switch hole) and 2 circles (for the screws).

If you want to skip that step, I've attached the Corel Draw file that I used. It already contains the guide marks and hole layouts.

Next, customize with your own graphics. Be creative and add whatever shapes, letters, or drawings that you'd like.

Step 2: Send It to the Laser Printer

I decided to use a piece of 1/4" plywood. I found some pieces in the scrap bin at TechShop so I decided to use those.

Once you're ready, send it to the laser printer. I'm using an Epilog 60w and these are the settings I used for both the raster and vector cuts.

Step 3: Clean Up the Edges

Using a disc sander, I cleaned up the edge to remove the burn marks from the laser. While I was at it, I put a small chamfer along the sides to remove the sharp corners.

And that's it! Optionally, add wood stain to match the design of your room.

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craftclarity (author)2014-05-08

Ah, chamfers. Always necessary when making something that will be touched a lot.

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