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Project by CharlesAuguste posted 1131 days ago 1642 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to make a little grease box after seeing a few on here, but i got the idea to make a matchbox using the same design. The wood is bubinga and the dovetail is ebony. This projects was done completely by hand.
The finish is blo with a few coats of my own brew wax. Funny thing is that when you slide the first cover you see the striker for the matches, my original thinking was to glue a strip of sandpaper to strike the matches so i tried
80, 120, 150, 200, 300, 400 grit none of them would light the match!!!!!!!! then i cut the cardboard of the box and glued it as you see on the pics and it works fine!!! The reason behind the box is that i have a woodstove and this will look better then a little cardboard box next to the stove. And surely will get the attention of a few people.

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison





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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1131 days ago

very very cool . love the idea of ‘repurposing’ the traditional grease box for this! touche

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 1131 days ago

In Yahoo answers there is:

In SAFETY matches, the striker is typically composed of 25% powdered glass, 50% red phosphorus, 5% neutralizer, 4% carbon black and 16% binder;

For STRIKE ANYWHERE matches, the striker is usually course ground glass or sand with a binder.

That’s why ordinary – safety – matches won’t work with sandpaper.

But a nice box!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1131 days ago

This may infringe on the Mafe grease box design, will have to see what the Chairman decides…lol, nice redesign for your wood stove.

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CharlesAuguste

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#4 posted 1131 days ago

Don thanks for researching that for me now i dont feel so bad!!
I will try to male a striker at some point i dont really like the look of the cut out on the box, thanks!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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jeepturner

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#5 posted 1131 days ago

I like your grease box, and I like that you have re-purposed it. I may make one for camping now.
Maybe you could change the type of matches you buy to the strike anywhere variety. Then epoxy an old fine tooth file piece to a dado in the bottom of the box. I mention the bottom, because then you would be forced to close the lid to keep the other matches from falling out.

-- Mel,

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