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Curly Maple Humidor

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Project by JayG46 posted 11-14-2014 10:46 AM 1131 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A humidor has been on my list of things to build for quite some time and I finally got around to it last week. This is one of three I made in preparation for a craft show. I was only able to finish one in time for the show but that one ended up selling and I got an order for another because of it.

The sides and legs are curly maple and the top is wenge. I inlaid the dial in the top because it always seemed counter productive to have to break the seal of the box to check the humidity. There are no hinges, you just lift the top straight off. Because the top only fits perfectly snug in one orientation, I added a little wenge key with my Festool Domino in what I consider to be the front of the box to take any guesswork out of putting the top back on.

Around the top panel, I used some black teak decking caulk to make a better seal. I did the same in the groove where the 1/4” plywood bottom fits. Since it is a floating panel, there would have been room for air to creep out but hopefully the caulk will slow the inevitable bleed and still allow for wood movement.

The inside is of course lined with unfinished Spanish cedar. The outside is finished with my cutting board treatment (mostly mineral oil & beeswax) because there was a tight turn around on delivery and I didn’t want the finish to smell.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi





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#1 posted 11-14-2014 07:27 PM

Nice looking humidor , I have a friend that want’s me to make him one. Where do get your humidity meter from. I also want to have the meter visiable from outside the box if I make one.

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 08:45 AM

Thanks Richard, I got the hygrometer from Klockit. It doesn’t look like they have the silver one anymore but here is a link to the gold version. There are other kinds as well.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 05:33 PM

Thanks for the link . So you just cut the hole for this and thru ther lid and then seal around the meter to be able to rean the level inside the box.

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 01:02 AM

Yeah, I removed most of the material with a 1/2” forstner bit and squared it up with a chisel. I sealed the gauge with epoxy and was careful to keep the area where the sensor is clear. The inside of the lid was lined with Spanish cedar as well, so I just drilled a hole into the recess where the hygrometer was to allow most accurate sensing.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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