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Project by bob101 posted 12-13-2015 08:08 PM 594 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fifty count desktop humidor of wormy and birds eye maple , Spanish cedar interior, multi coat lacquer and full polish, hinges are by Brusso.

-- rob, ont,canada





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#1 posted 12-14-2015 12:43 AM

Dang it Rob, you’re makin’ me look bad :-) I love how you just turn these things out like a factory. When I grow up I want to be just like 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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#2 posted 12-14-2015 02:57 AM

Then I won’t tell you I have one more that will be complete this week!(oops)

-- rob, ont,canada

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 07:30 AM



Then I won t tell you I have one more that will be complete this week!(oops)

- bob101

Geez, I’m still tryin’ to find time to photograph the last four i made… I’m havin’ a problem with fitting the cedar liners. Any advice?

-- 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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#4 posted 12-14-2015 12:32 PM

What’s the issue that you are having?

-- rob, ont,canada

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 03:32 AM



What s the issue that you are having?

- bob101

Hey Rob, sorry it took me so long to respond. Essentially I always seem to have trouble with the fitting of the inner box to the outer. The first couple I made I used mitered joints for the liner, but could not get a perfect fit and I was further discouraged by the fact that I could not realistically glue the mitered joints as the cedar would no doubt not hold glue very well. Then I most recently tried box joints, but could not get the inner box to a perfect fit again, a little too loose. Then I tried making the liner first and then making a box to fit around it. that went a little better, but I wound up ruining that box. I once tried making the liners with a lock miter joint, but it’s just too crazy hard to get that setup right. I’ve since gone to a thicker liner ( 1/2” ), so I might have better luck with a lock miter joint now, haven’t tried it yet, but cutting one of those in a 1/4” board is just next to impossible. There is a new development though. I now have a brand new table saw, and it’s been very carefully set up to be dead accurate to within .002, so I might have better luck with a liner now. All of my previous liners were cut on a Shopsmith that had .020 runout on the arbor. I noticed that you are using miter joints for your liner. Are you gluing them or is it just a good tight fit?

Thanks,
Jer

-- 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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#6 posted 12-15-2015 05:39 AM

Ok here’s what I do. I think your over thinking it! I use 1/4” Spanish cedar I then fit the bottom with a few dabs of water resistant glue, and if need be a few pins on the border.. I leave a sixteenth front and back for expansion. Then I cut the front and rear of the main box so it “snaps ” in snug , then the two sides which lock in the entire assembly. Once the fit is good I take them out and cut a chamfer on all pieces with a hand plane and put them back in and scribe the corners where the chamfers meet, and trim to match up. No need for mitres. Then I repeat the process for the lid and that’s it. The key is a functional seal. If you hold the lid a few inches above closed position and drop it , you should get a nice soft ” swoosh” of air . This tells you it’s sealed well. Mitres are nice to look at but not a must , with mitres if you’re corners don’t fit perfectly you loose the seal and you waste expensive Spanish cedar! Once the chamfers are all fitted nicely it looks like one piece! Hope this helps

-- rob, ont,canada

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 05:52 AM

I usually have the liner in and out quite a few times until it’s just about perfect, usually takes me an hour or two for the entire liner for the main case and lid.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 05:21 PM

Rob, thanks so much for your instruction. You’re right, I was definitely over thinking this. I’ve got three built right now that are going to benefit from this method of yours. Again, many thanks.

Jer

-- 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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#9 posted 12-15-2015 09:01 PM

Bob, this is a great looking humidor.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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