In Praise of Cigar Boxes

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 08-28-2014 01:51 PM 1471 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“I’m a smoker only when I’m on fire…” -Anonymous

I have an affinity for cigar boxes.

Not only are they intrinsically attractive, but they provide an excellent method of organizing and storing hardware, small parts, accessories, and tools in the workshop.

The nicer ones – those made of finished wood complete with hinges and hasps, are reserved for sets of small tools.

Most importantly, they are in compliance with the handsawgeek’s stringent ‘Hand Tool Only / No Plastics Zone’ rule.

Recently, a happy discovery was made that feeds this penchant for cigar boxes-
A local tobacco shop keeps a table at the front of their store where they offer empty ones for $2 apiece!


sawdustike trying to show off for the ladies……

-- Ed

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 07:47 PM

I picked up 4 Cigar boxes from my local place a year ago to make some banjo’s with and my wife and daughter confiscated both of them. I need to get a few ugly ones that they won’t want so I can finally make a banjo, and even keep a few in the shop for storage.


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#2 posted 08-28-2014 08:32 PM

Handsawgeek – You are scaring me now. I have a cigar box full of a Allen wrenches as well. I use a couple of others for over sized bits and to generally help class up the establishment. I made a “Shut the Box” game with one a few months ago –
Next to onions, there may not be anything more versatile than an old cigar box.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 02:15 PM

@ BigDaddyO I have entertained thoughts about building some cigar-box guitars. I saw a good book on these at the local Woodcraft store.

@ ToyMakingDad. Are we related somehow?

-- Ed

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