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Blog entry by Jerry posted 04-22-2015 10:38 PM 2276 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This first picture shows the board just as I got it from Woodcrafters

Here it’s been sectioned into the proper lengths to make two humidors of the same size

Here it’s been further sectioned to the proper height for two humidors

The grain has been carefully matched on all sides

Here the box has been taken back apart and 3 coats of marine spar varnish have been applied to protect the inner box from humidity

Some final shots of the finished product. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the inner Spanish Cedar liner being made. The finish is six coats of Teak oil.

And finally some video:

Parting the lid – The box has been sawn through to within 1/16” of going all the way through, the final parting of the lid is done with a Dozuki


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Flattening the edges:


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-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/



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#1 posted 04-22-2015 11:14 PM

Nice build Jerry. Love the finger joints.
Do you make the parting cut shallow so the box does not pinch the blade? Will there be a tray for a two layer box?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 11:35 PM



Nice build Jerry. Love the finger joints.
Do you make the parting cut shallow so the box does not pinch the blade? Will there be a tray for a two layer box?

- jumbojack

Yes Jack that is exactly right. The parting cut stops 1/16” short of penetrating the box. Doing that also helps me control the cut when it gets to the last side – if I were to cut all the way through, the box would gradually close up on me and when I got to the last side, the cut would go crooked and the box would twist upon exiting the rip fence ( voice of very sad experience here ).

As far as a two layer box, I’m in between humidors at this point. I’m currently building a prototype harmonica display box for a client of mine who is an interesting blend. By day, he’s an international consultant on efficiency, working with international companies, the most recent of which is Tesla Motors. By night, he’s a rock and roll harmonica front man for a local Portland band.


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Here’s the collection:

After I finish this harmonica display box build, I am going back to full size humidors ( 10×13 x 6 ), and yes there will be inserts similar to what you see here:

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 11:53 PM

Nice blog Jerry. I flatten my boxes/tops like you do with a 16” wide sanding belt spray adhesived to a Masonite board. What grit do you use (looked a lot faster than mine)?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 12:02 AM

Hey Andy,

Thanks.

It is, I believe, 180, I have a second board that is 220, so I do the preliminary stuff on the 180 and then refine it.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 12:06 AM

Mine must be worn out! It is one of those 100 grit feed belts from a drum sander. Thanks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 12:09 AM



Mine must be worn out! It is one of those 100 grit feed belts from a drum sander. Thanks.

- gfadvm

I normally stay away from Harbor Freight sanding paper like the plague because it wears out so quickly, but their 4” sanding belts are a magnificent exception. I’ve used these very same belts on every box I’ve made so far and they show no signs of wearing out yet.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 12:22 AM

Great blog, Jerry!

You’ve really got those finger joints down, and your grain matching is very well done.

I’ve seen people cutting the tops off with the bandsaw, but I learned to do it on the tablesaw just like you’re doing. It’s a lot more precise, and just requires a little sanding to remove the waste.

Looking forward to the next blog!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 04-23-2015 12:33 AM



Great blog, Jerry!

You ve really got those finger joints down, and your grain matching is very well done.

I ve seen people cutting the tops off with the bandsaw, but I learned to do it on the tablesaw just like you re doing. It s a lot more precise, and just requires a little sanding to remove the waste.

Looking forward to the next blog!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks Dean, the next blog is going to be a professional effort. I’m going to document the build at every stage with pictures and video.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 04-23-2015 12:37 AM

I’m looking forward to that! I don’t smoke cigars, but for some reason have been interested in humidors.

I suppose now that relations are opening up with Cuba, good Cuban cigars should become much more available, and people gotta have a place to put them!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 04-23-2015 12:39 AM

Thanks Jerry. I would never guess HF belts were a gem. Their spindle sander sleeves are also very good if you clean often with that big ‘eraser’.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-23-2015 12:46 AM



I m looking forward to that! I don t smoke cigars, but for some reason have been interested in humidors.

I suppose now that relations are opening up with Cuba, good Cuban cigars should become much more available, and people gotta have a place to put them!

- Mean_Dean

Exactly! Reading my mind you are.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 04-23-2015 12:47 AM



Thanks Jerry. I would never guess HF belts were a gem. Their spindle sander sleeves are also very good if you clean often with that big eraser .

- gfadvm

Thanks for the info Andy, I’ll check them out.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#13 posted 04-23-2015 11:44 AM

Beautifully done all the way around Jerry. Some nice box joints there also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#14 posted 04-23-2015 04:47 PM

Looks good Jerry. Nice job on the joints !

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#15 posted 04-25-2015 04:45 AM

Hey Jer, your boxes are really looking top notch and with each build your improved talents are showing thru ! I am sure your clients will appreciate Your attention to the details and workmanship that is obvious with all your builds. Thanks for sharing all of your experience and keep up the good work. I am in the midst of so many projects down in the shop right now ( including a special project for a much deserving recipient….wink,wink !) that I can’t hardly find a place to set down my coffee cup!! But when I eventually set out to build my first Humidor, I have piece of mind, knowing that there’s an expert resource that I can draw from in You! Once again, good stuff Jer, wish you continued success in your venture….... ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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