A Low Tech Lighter.

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.

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Step 1: Gather Your Parts and Plans.

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.

Mark out an area the size of the inner box.

Cut out that area.

Discard the inner box.

Step 3: Second Cut.

Roughly mark out an area using thirds as a guide.

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

Step 4: Third Cut.

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.

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

Step 6: Glue Things On.

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.

Cut a tab out of the side of the matchbox.

Glue part 1 in the matchbox.

Step 8: Assemble.

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.



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    37 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

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

    1 reply

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

    12 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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..


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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