Leopardwood with Basswood inlay Cigar Humidor

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Project by lorne17 posted 10-21-2008 05:38 AM 7134 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second box. Made it for my father’s birthday. Holds about 50 cigars.

I used Leopardwood and rabbeted basswood on the edges. I originally was gonna use walnut inlay pieces, but I really liked the contrast with basswood. Walnut wasn’t enough of a contrast.

I lined the inside with Spanish Cedar and pressure fitted it to allow for humidity flex. 10mm Barrel Hinges.

Finish is Polyurethane finish and unfinished interior. Size is about: 12” x 7 1/2” x 5”. Subtract 3/4” (1/2” leopard wood and 1/4” cedar) for interior dimensions.

The box I found seals very well. Humidity already is up to 60% in one day. Usually it take a bit longer to get it up to speed. I live in Denver, so we all know there’s no humidity here.

That’s about it.

-- "A great woodworker hides their mistakes well."

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#1 posted 10-21-2008 05:53 AM

very nice…

where did you get the parts—-vent? and humidity guage???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 10-21-2008 05:53 AM

welcome to LJ’s!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 10-21-2008 09:40 AM

Outstanding work. my wife is pushing me for boxes and your joints for this box are great, well done


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#4 posted 10-21-2008 01:05 PM

Beautiful humidor box.
Leopardwood is beautiful indeed, but is scarce isn’t it?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-21-2008 01:24 PM

Very nice looking cigar humidor. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 10-21-2008 03:47 PM

Thank you very much. It’s funny you say, welcome to LJs, cuz LJ is my name when people don’t know me as Lorne, ha. Anyways, I got the Humidifier and Hydrometer at: They were cheap but still quite nice. They have magnets on the bottom of them so I can take them out of the box and fill them up.

Also, I don’t know if leopardwood is scarce or not, I found it on

Thanks for your comments.

-- "A great woodworker hides their mistakes well."

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#7 posted 10-21-2008 07:43 PM

Very nice. I just made a humidor recently too, they are fun to make. This came out beautifully.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-21-2008 09:03 PM

Beautiful box and beautiful wood.Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#9 posted 10-21-2008 09:08 PM

Nice Humidor! I really like the contrast between the Leopardwood and Basswood.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#10 posted 10-21-2008 10:40 PM

Great Humidor! I’ve got one on my list of things to build. What did you mean by “pressure fit” the interior?
Thanks for the post.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#11 posted 10-22-2008 01:05 AM

Wingstress. By pressure fit, I mean, the interior is not glued in. I glued the top Spanish Cedar in. The bottom piece and side cedar pieces were pressure fitted (basically really tight with no glue). This allows for the wood to change and move with the humidity. Also the bottom piece is about 1/16” short on the front and back but pressure fitted on the right and left sides, that also allows for the piece to move a bit more without noticing, since the side pieces cover it up.

Make sense?

-- "A great woodworker hides their mistakes well."

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#12 posted 10-22-2008 03:29 AM

Very nice work, I really love that wood.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 10-22-2008 08:16 PM

beautiful, not much too add….

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#14 posted 10-23-2008 04:38 AM

Nice Job! I like the contrast in woods. Leapordwood looks like it has the same type of visual characterstics as lacewood.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 10-24-2008 01:46 AM

MMMM Arturo Fuente Opus X… they’re even the double fuente size if I’m not mistaken… I love those cigars.

This box is beautiful, I have been wanting to try making a humidor.

I just returned from a week long business trip to Denver. I envy several things you all have there. Your woodworking stores(ToolKing was cool, and there’s a Woodcraft and a Rockler less than 10 minutes from each other… neither one exists in Vegas,) your trees, complete with leaves that actually change color(although coming from the desert I suppose I could just say I envy your trees in general,) and most of all, I envy “The Celtic” in LoDo…. I live in Las Vegas, and there is not a finer bar in which you can smoke a cigar, the bartender Sam and John, one of the owners, are nice guys.

P.S. There’s someone selling a Millers Falls hand plane in your area on craigslist , as well as a LN #7 on eBay ... unfortunately neither party e-mailed me back before I had to leave… :-(

Keep up the great work!~

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