Introduction: A Low Tech Lighter.

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A completelely pointless item, in all honesty;

A lighter made from a matchbox that allows you to strike a match using only one's thumb.

Step 1: Gather Your Parts and Plans.

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You will need a old piece of wood,(the same thickness as the inside of a matchbox),
a matchbox,

and detailed plans.

Step 2: First Cut.

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Mark out an area the size of the inner box.

Cut out that area.

Discard the inner box.

Step 3: Second Cut.

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Roughly mark out an area using thirds as a guide.

Cut this out and we'll call it "part 1."

Step 4: Third Cut.

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Cut out a matching piece.
But leave a gap the size of a match-head between the two parts,(SEE PHOTOGRAPH).

(The two parts when put together should be the size of the inner box.)

Step 5: Drill Hole.

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Drill a hole ,in part 2, that just allows your match to be pushed in up to the head.

Step 6: Glue Things On.

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Glue on a piece of sand-paper to the striking suface of part 1.

Glue some sand-paper on the back of part 2, to give your thumb some purchase and for aesthetics. (NOT ALL THE WAY ALONG,AS SHOWN; just the last third.)

Step 7: Glue in Part 1.

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Cut a tab out of the side of the matchbox.

Glue part 1 in the matchbox.

Step 8: Assemble.

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Slide part 2 gently in.

Hold matchbox as shown until some one asks you for a light.

Push thumb forward until it lights.

Rotate wrist until flame is upright.

Remove match and re-load.

Await the the unlikely event of someone else asking you for a light.



catboo22 (author)2009-07-14

wont the wood catch fire?

knex_mepalm (author)catboo222010-02-28

 Its too thick

sharlston (author)2009-07-30

if you have a broken lighter in need of fixing go to my post to get it fixed

heres the link:

matrix828 (author)2008-12-23

use the striking surface that u cut off instead of sand paper, i might work better, i dont know

sharlston (author)matrix8282009-06-07

its the same thing on strike anywhere mayches

cool! (author)2008-03-22

WOW! I will have to try this, even though I'm 12 and know that smoking is terrible, I think I am going to try this lighter just to see it work! One thing that might be cool would be to have a compartment that holds matches, that would be cut into part 1 Very nice, +1

qballcat (author)cool!2008-08-30

im 12 also and i want zippo but this will do in the mean time till my uncle comes to visit but i totally agree with you on the first bit some 11 year olds were caught smokin in our school ,dumb asses thats what they are

willdabeast (author)qballcat2008-10-27

im 13 and i gots like so many zippos cause i no this 22 y.o. ex-cop who buys em. 4 me. i got into trouble tho for smokin weed and cigs. DONT SMOKE POT!!! U WILL GET DRUG TESTED AND IT WILL COME POSITIVE AND YOUR PARENTS WILL KILL YOU!!! although it is pretty fun..

silencekilla (author)willdabeast2009-02-18

i love gettin high we should chill sometime yo im 16 though

qballcat (author)willdabeast2008-10-29

dude, not cool not cool you must be one ****** up little dude

willdabeast (author)qballcat2008-10-31

dude, im the same age as u

qballcat (author)willdabeast2008-11-01

i know, the point but ur probably shorter

willdabeast (author)qballcat2008-11-03

im 5'8" but im just gonna shut up cause this is startin to sound faggy

CarStalkerZ (author)qballcat2008-10-11

you should all be reported your under age you noobs

qwerty29 (author)CarStalkerZ2009-02-05


qballcat (author)CarStalkerZ2008-10-29

haha noob im 13 now

stasys (author)cool!2008-08-18

Im 12 too and wot about drillin a type of hole i cm diameter in part 1 and keep say 10 matchs in there? I dont smoke either

stasys (author)stasys2008-08-18

PS I loooooooove the name: you kno: LOW TECH..... Lighter It really made me laugh ill tell my friends ill give you five stars

qwerty29 (author)2009-02-05

how did you come up with this it is so cool:)

cool! (author)2008-10-10

Way to show your "Maturity" Ps. im 13 now.

thepaul93 (author)cool!2008-10-10

i dont get it

cool! (author)thepaul932008-10-10

Sorry, I got a bit PO'd. Basically it seemed like what car stalker said, was rather rude, and I see now that the "Dumb @sses" part was sort of quoting qballcat. Anyway, sorry for that.

thepaul93 (author)cool!2008-10-10

now i really don't get what is going on

lol tht 'appens to me all the tyme! ps i luv this 'structable! i always go into this gas station and im so tempted to try'n buy a zippo cuz theyr so kewl

hooray for zippo

cool! (author)thepaul932008-10-11

Ughh.. OK, Ill try again. I got pissed at car stalker because of what he said. So I retaliated, although I can see it looks stupid now.

thepaul93 (author)cool!2008-10-12

ok then.........

HeWantsRevenge (author)2008-10-12

hahaha...avid smoker and imma have to make one of these for my collection. thanx for posting this. and for the whiners out there...u could always light a few candles and what not with this wecked low tech tool

thepaul93 (author)2008-10-10

i dont smoke but i love zippos

mbudde (author)2008-10-05


baneat (author)2008-09-10

Compicated problem to a simple solution haha

stasys (author)2008-08-18

is the part that looks like an L is it part 2?

tater killer (author)2008-04-15


TheInventor (author)2008-03-23

Thats sick! It's old school with new school combine.//matches with lighters together|| Awesome!!! +1 Added to favs!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-22

Nice1 Looks extremely easy to do, I just might do this because it's cool. No, I don't smoke. Just for lighting things... you know.... *BOOM!* +1 rating.

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-22

Nice! well thort out and completed! Well done! i agree with cool! it needs a storage compartment, other than that its perfect!

ker-boom101 (author)2008-03-22

Holy crap this is nice a nice invetion... i catn recall but i remember a type of zippo looking ligter that you fill up with matches and when you spun the wheel it would strike the match against sandpaper ad move it upwards.... ps. if anyone finds t on the web could you please provide a link?

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