1st humidor

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Project by childress posted 12-24-2008 09:10 PM 2429 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my step-son and being my first humidor or fist box of any type for that matter, I’m pretty well pleased with it. I had some challenges with the finish on the cocobolo (1st time working with that!) and wanted a more glossy look, but I wanted to use what I had in the shop and I had to settle for satin. (my high gloss had stain mixed in with it). After completion was almost there, I realized why nobody uses Spanish cedar all the way through. The wood is very soft and I know it will end up looking 30 years old in probably less than a year. I definitely need to invest in a band saw so I can resaw the cedar and make boxes lined with it.

Any suggestions or comments welcome.

Thanks, Eric

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 09:52 PM

Nice job, Eric!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-25-2008 02:22 AM


For a first box, you certainly put some effort into it with three-way mitres on the corner.

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#3 posted 12-25-2008 05:12 AM

Very Well Done

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 12-27-2008 07:34 PM

This is great! I love the finishing touches the contrasting wood gives. Very nice indeed!

-- You're Born, You Die... The rest is up to you! NO FEAR

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 08:03 PM

Nice looking humidor. You are right about Spanish Cedar. It is soft. Spanish Cedar is not the cedar to use in boxes or closets if you want the cedar smell. Aromatic red cedar is the best choice.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 09:17 PM

But SC is the cedar for cigar boxes…
Your box does look great, childress. That corner is impressive, as well as the quads. Excellent job.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 07:55 AM

Great Humidor.. But first off I did my research before i decided to make a humidor.. I stumbled upon many cherry humidors, so that just insured me that it would be fine to make and the wood wouldnt warp or bow.. And second the top is completely flushed with the box no leaks at all.. at the moment it reads 73% humidity. i appreciate you trying to help me and point out some non-apparent flaws.

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 12:10 PM

You have done a very nice job with this humidor.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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