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What is a good method to make the rectangular opening for an electrical switch plate cover? I would like to make switch and outlet covers for my old farmhouse out of the old barn that has sadly fallen.
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Do you mean holes for the boxes? You don't make holes for the covers, the covers are to hide the holes. What you use to make the holes depends on how and what the boxes are mounted either to or in (as in being morticed into a log wall).

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You could drill the hole(s) for the switch using a bit of the proper dia. Then, use a rasp and sandpaper to clean up the edges.
OR, drill smaller holes at each corner and use a scroll saw to cut them out.
All mine are paddle switches or I'd measure one to find the closest bit diameter.

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If you're really referring to the outlet box, use a box as a pattern and cut the hole freehand...what material are you cutting through, Drywall?
The drywall installers use mini routers called 'Zipcuts' for speed and accuracy...no more holes in the wrong places...or at least not as many of them.
If you meant the switch or plug plates, in all there variations, just buy the plastic version for use as templates. It actually might be a better idea in this case to use the oversized versions.
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I'd use a scroll saw.

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