Wood veneer is great and light yet resistant structures can be made with it. Since I wanted a 'classic' twist to my Bic, the wood veneer turned out to be the obvious choice. I like the look minimal, hence I limited the finish to a simple lacquer, but feel free to push it further along your imagination! The instructable is explained for a Bic lighter but can be adapted to most lighter shapes.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
- approx. 4'' x 9'' of wood veneer
- utility knife
- wood glue
- precision saw OR rotary tool (e.g. Dremel)
- your favorite wood finishing
- fine sandpaper
- rubber bands
Step 2: Cutting the veneer
The dimensions don't matter, since you'll trim most of it, so simply use your lighter as a reference. However, the orientation of the veneer is really important!
- for the case: make sure the grain of both layers goes in the same direction as the lighter. This will make the bending possible.
- for the bottom: each layer has to be in an opposite grain direction. The bottom will be flat, so this will help it keep its rigidity.