Groomsmen humidors and ashtrays

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Project by WoodJerry_Wood posted 12-31-2014 05:20 PM 1704 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been lurking on the site for a while, so I figured it was time to finally post something. My first “real” smaller-scale project.

I got married 12/28, so I wanted to give my groomsmen something unique and personal for their gift. We all enjoy a good cigar, so I built these desktop humidors and cigar ashtrays. One of the guys said it was maybe the best gift he’s ever gotten.

Humidors are maple and walnut with purpleheart splines. Naturally, they are lined with spanish cedar, but also the bottom is solid spanish cedar. I went with a basic raised panel for both the top and bottom to keep it clean and simple given my novice level. I really liked the sharp, clean lines, so I opted to leave out the hinges and make it a removable top. I am only a year in to woodworking, so I don’t have a lot of skill or experience with hinges and didn’t want to mess up many hours of work. Finished with 4 coats of shellac as an odor-free, semi-gloss seal. They seem to hold their humidity well.

Ashtrays are thermally treated ash with maple inlay and mahogany bottom – mostly scraps laying around. Used 3-1/8 inch stainless steel ashtray ordered from amazon. Finished with 4 coats of tung oil.

Lastly, as the third part of their gift, each humidor had a Cuban inside that I picked up in London this summer.

Many lessons learned on these with a few flaws here and there. Accidentally made one with the lighter side of the walnut for the top, but it still looks okay. Also forgot about the 1/4-inch raised panel, so that one has lid splines that are slightly off. My spline jig is a piece of junk, so I need to make improvements there.

Overall very happy with the outcome as were the guys.

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 05:30 PM

These are nice. I had to go back and look for the flaws. Don’t tell anybody and you will be the only one to notice.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 07:30 PM

Awesome I really love the ashtrays great work and welcome to LJ’s

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 07:30 PM

Very nice, great work!


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#4 posted 12-31-2014 09:16 PM

Very Nice Work! Would like to make them myself but I don’t see how you made the groove to hold the cigar on the ashtray. Please let me know how you made the groove. Thank You.

-- Jay, Spring Hill, FL

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 09:47 PM

Jay – I made a couple other ashtrays too, so I tried two ways. First try was using several passes on the router table with a round nose bit. Worked okay but opted to cut a dado for these to remove the bulk of the middle material. Then just two passes with a round nose bit to round the sides. Then just a lot of hand sanding. Get a fairly large round object like a highlighter pen and wrap sand paper around it and just sand like crazy. The dado option worked much better.

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 01:07 AM

Great looking cigar sets! I’ll bet the guys will really enjoy them!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 04:36 AM


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#8 posted 01-01-2015 06:46 AM

Very cool gifts and really well made. I am sure they were well received and will be appreciated for years to come.
The combination of woods and design are spot on. Congratulations on your marriage and welcome to LJ’s. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 08:59 AM

Great gifts and very thoughtful.


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#10 posted 01-01-2015 04:53 PM

I was thinking of using the dado way. Thank you for the info. Needed to know if I was going the right way. Thanks for replying so quickly!

-- Jay, Spring Hill, FL

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 09:47 AM

Congrats on the recent nuptials. Great job on the gifts for the groomsman. Nicely done.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 10:32 PM

Wow! Awesome gifts, and much better than typical store-bought groomsman gifts!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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