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Building It

  1. Consider the cigar box and decide how to best orient your switches. Although you could use plain old light switches for this project—they’re cheap, and very easy to scrounge—it is much easier to drill a hole than to cut a slot. The switches listed in the supplies are reasonably priced—around $5.50 for all three—include nifty metal ON/OFF labels, make a satisfying clack, and have easy-to-install 1/2″ round shafts. If you decide to go with wall switches, you can use the inner rectangle of an old switch cover plate as a stencil, then cut your slots using a keyhole saw or jigsaw.

  2. Drill holes for the switches; you’ll want to leave a little space around each switch (so you have room to run the wires later) and be sure that the box will still ...

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