|Project by WoodJerry_Wood||posted 12-31-2014 05:20 PM||1792 views||9 times favorited||12 comments|
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.