|Project by mdp||posted 09-20-2009 03:34 AM||3160 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
It’s been tough to stay in the shop lately, we are deep into our Fall calving season, and it can be quite demanding! But I have been able to get this Humidor done in the past two weeks. A close friend of my son has developed an interest in cigars and needed a humidor. And before he left for college he asked if I could build it for his buddy. And since I have never developed an ability to say no to my kid, of course I would. (I would have done it anyway because his friend is a good one too!) So in between trips to the pasture, I got started. The Pecan has been sitting around the shop for at least five years waiting for the right project…. It was sawn at 1” and with shrinkage and the way pecan air dries it was going to have to be something that would use wood less than 3/4”s of an inch. Luckily the old brain remembered the wood, (I have forgotten things sometimes) and the work was on. I worked through the design as I went. I used the box joint to build the case and sawed the lid out after it was glued up allowing the grain to be continuous around the box as well as into the lid. The box is lined with Spainish Cedar and the two trays are made of the same. The top panel is floating in the frame made of the sides. As an accent I used Mesquite for the handles. I don’t like to use stain with wood like this because of the wonderful grain and color that the Pecan provides. Polyurethane was used to finish the case.
The young man has been by several times to, as he says, look at the wood. I am anxious to see his reaction tommorrow when I give it to him!