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Issue 128 explores several ways to make switch plates and offers a total of six designs. All of these plates are made of at least two pieces to provide a recess in the plate to accommodate the switch.

The trick to an even finish on forged iron is in the scale. This month, we take a look on how to remove the scale formed during forging and reestablish it as a smooth dark gray tone. The top coat is automotive lacquer with a flattening additive to get just the right sheen.

We start a new feature this month where we work backwards from existing forged work to discover "how it was Made". This month we have a pair of 6" dividers sent in by Reed Oswald of Kodiak AK to analyze. Step by step drawings show how to replicate these dividers.