|Project by TheCaver||posted 03-10-2009 03:04 AM||2599 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
This was a simple humidor with a lift lid, nothing too fancy, but my first attempt at burl veneer and solid mitered edge bandings.
The main box is 3/4 cherry, which is a bit thicker than what I planned. I wanted it heavy and less susceptible to moisture even though it would be lined, but in hindsight, its a bit much. The sides are visually overwhelming in proportion to the lining.
The veneer is a bookmatched maple burl, which was kind of a pain to work with, but I managed not to completely destroy it :)
The bandings are padauk but I think I approached this part incorrectly. Several procedural mistakes here of particular note; I should have taped/dampened the edges of the veneered top while I routed the 1/4 by 1/4 rabbets as tiny crumbs tore out which was nearly a disaster. The box was very slightly out of square (maybe 1/32 or so) which caused tiny variations where the routed rabbets met. Some cleanup with a shoulder plane was necessary, but I’m seeking suggestions on how to avoid this. In the end, it was no big deal as long as the ends of the rabbets were even.
The lining of course is Spanish Cedar which was resawn from a nice 5/4 piece I picked up awhile back. In the end, I built this for me, so I got kind of lazy :)
The finish is oil under a few coats of a #2 cut of shellac. The top was rubbed out up to rottenstone, and the sides left as is…followed by some Black Bison wax.
It will barely (?) suffice for the trickle of Havana Romeo Y Julietas I get from time to time…..I am of course open to critique….
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