Improved Matchbox Design




This slim line match box design is good for pocket size survivable kits

Step 1: What You Need

Every thing you need you should able to find around the house.

1) Match box
2) Scissors
3) Glue
4) Stapler (optional)

Step 2: Cutting the Box

First remove the tray from the match box and cut along the side of the striker area that is at the back of the match box .

Step 3: Glue and Staple

Glue around the red line in the photo below.
Now take the back of the match box that has been cut off and place it between the two striker areas. Fold the two strikers over the back of the match box that has been cut off. You may want to staple along the bottom of the slim line match box to help every thing stay together better.

Step 4: Load the Matches and Finish

Load around 10 matches and slide them in the slim line match box. Push them all the way in until they are flush with the opening.
To open the matches push on each side of the box at the opening and they will slide half way out of the box and into your hand. Take a match then push the other matches back in to the box.



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    14 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    If the matches rub together in your pocket they will light. Coat them with wax first, this will stopthe movement and also waterproof them at the same time.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Safety matches will not rub together and start burning. There is no phosphorus in their heads. The phosphorus is put on the striker portion on the package.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, he's thinking of "strike anywhere" matches. Those can ignite from friction on anything, but these matches need the red phosphorus on the striker.

    If you're worried about them rubbing, alternate the matches head orientation to the heads don't rub together. This would only be necessary with strike anywhere matches though, if at all. Adding wax to the matches would make them survival style weatherproof ones, which is another thing, but useful.

    Also, I think the name should be changed to "Slim Line Matchbox" for clarity. Good idea though.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    As I live in Australia I can tell you that matchbooks are easy to get. JUst go to a motel.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet man its thin so i can carry it in my pocket easy!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is great. As you said there are no matchbooks in Australia (that I could find) so this would be perfect for taking on camping trips, etc.

    you are not the only one, they seem almost completely bloody impossible to find in the UK too, which is a damn shame, given all the cool magic tricks they can be used for.


    10 years ago on Step 4

    nice one! i made something similar years ago that was only as wide as 1 striker panel, and held 5 matches in a plastic backing, but i like this more. i like it

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