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My First Commission - A Humidor for a Wedding

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Project by Jerry posted 04-18-2015 06:58 PM 1729 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Micah Sutfin, a very accomplished woodworker who works at Woodcrafters downtown Portland, OR has been a mentor to me since I started my woodworking journey. He’s helped me make the right decisions on purchases, provided me with great customer service and just the right kind of help when I needed it.

When I told him I was getting ready to start a production run of humidors, he said; “I want to buy one of your humidors, my best friend is getting married and I want to give it to him as a wedding present.”

I have to admit I was very surprised and flattered, and not a little intimidated, but I agreed.

Well, this is how it came out, I delivered it to him yesterday and he liked it very much.

The outer box is grain matched Walnut and is made with box joints. The inner Spanish Cedar liner is joined with lock miter joints. The hinges are satin nickel – silver and the hinge mortises were hand chiseled.

The finish is 6 coats of hand rubbed Teak Oil.

I will be posting a build blog next week with start to finish pictures.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/





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Luddite

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 07:03 PM

Jerry,
Nice work there. Joinery is excellent.

How many cigars will it hold?

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Jerry

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 07:11 PM


Jerry,
Nice work there. Joinery is excellent.

How many cigars will it hold?

- Luddite

Thanks for the compliment Luddite, AND the favorite.

He requested a small humidor, normally I would have made it about 9” x 13” and about 6” deep. This one holds 4 or 5. I don’t think his friend is a hard core smoker from the sound of it, it’s just an occasional pleasure.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 07:32 PM

beautiful job jerry, you did a great job in matching your wood grain and the hand cut hinge mortise’s are spot on, i like the locking miter joiner also, in all a great job, of coarse walnut is my favorite hardwood, so how could this not be a favorite for me…congrats on your sale…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 08:01 PM



beautiful job jerry, you did a great job in matching your wood grain and the hand cut hinge mortise s are spot on, i like the locking miter joiner also, in all a great job, of coarse walnut is my favorite hardwood, so how could this not be a favorite for me…congrats on your sale…

- grizzman

Thanks Bob, I appreciate the compliments very much.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 10:06 PM

Great looking humidor! I’m sure the new groom will really appreciate it!

(By the way, nice to see another Portlander on the site!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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Jerry

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#6 posted 04-18-2015 10:21 PM



Great looking humidor! I m sure the new groom will really appreciate it!

(By the way, nice to see another Portlander on the site!)

- Mean_Dean

Thanks for looking Dean, and thanks for letting me know you live here.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 04-18-2015 10:53 PM

Great job Jerry.

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Jerry

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#8 posted 04-18-2015 11:20 PM



Great job Jerry.

- fisherdoug09

Thanks Doug.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-18-2015 11:31 PM

Very nice humidor. I’ve never done one of those so can’t evaluate the “workings” but the wood and craftsmanship are up to your standards.

I can’t believe you didn’t use the “Jerry hinge”!

And congrats on the #1 !!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-18-2015 11:49 PM



Very nice humidor. I ve never done one of those so can t evaluate the “workings” but the wood and craftsmanship are up to your standards.

I can t believe you didn t use the “Jerry hinge”!

And congrats on the #1 !!!

- gfadvm

Thanks Andy, the workings are that the Spanish Cedar liner is constructed in such a way that it’s loose inside the outer box, the upper liner in the lid is held in place by screws. This is to allow the liner to expand once it’s fully charged ( humidified ) to 70% relative humidity. The expansion takes place along the vertical plane. My wood expansion guide tells me that a 3/32” gap between the upper and lower liner should close up and make a perfect seal once it’s fully charged.

Since this was a build for a client, I used the hinges he chose.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-19-2015 12:02 AM

I knew there was something about the humidity/wood expansion/seal.

Can’t believe the client picked metal over your hinge. There’s no accounting for taste!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 04-19-2015 02:07 AM

Masterfully done for the master teacher. Good luck on your journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 04-19-2015 02:35 AM

Nice engineering.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jerry

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#14 posted 04-19-2015 02:35 AM



Masterfully done for the master teacher. Good luck on your jorney!

- DocSavage45

Thank YOU!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#15 posted 04-19-2015 03:53 AM

Great looking project. The joinery is excellent. In fact the box joints look exceptionally clean, did you use a special box joint cutter, or regular dado blade?
Thanks for posting.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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