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Project by dclark1943 posted 03-06-2016 11:19 PM 1870 views 12 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks, Been a while since I’ve posted anything, so thought I would share the latest. A commission from a stogie smoker in MN, this Humidor is modeled off an article from Fine Woodworking: The case is Spanish cedar sides, 1/2” MDF for the top and 1/4” Baltic Birch for the bottom. The veneer I chose was Pau Ferro from “joe woodworker” located in Forest Hill, MD the corner material is Ebony, bordered by shop made holly/mahogany banding. Hinges are from Andrew Crawford,; the very best hinges available (in my opinion). The Lock was purchased from Ian Hawthorne: The escutcheon is made from ebony and the same banding as used on perimeter. The finish is Behlen “Stringed Instrument Lacquer” nine coats over 2 coats of Behlen Vinyl Sealer. The lacquer was rubbed out between each three coats, starting with 360, 500 & 800 grits, with a final rub down with 1000 grit before using “Turtle Wax” rubbing compound followed by polishing compound. And finally a coat of Johnson’s paste wax. “whew” ! The interior is completely lined with 3/16” Spanish cedar and accessorized with a foam Cigar Caddy humidifier, and a Hygroset Digital Hygrometer. A satisfying build, I hope that it’s owner is proud to use and show off his new “box”! Thanks for looking in !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 11:26 PM

Superb. Just love the detail you have put into this box. Congratulations on a masterful piece that your customer will cherish.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 11:29 PM

Thanks Ruddy, how are things in Sidney?

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 03-07-2016 12:45 AM

Well done and great wood color combinations.

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#4 posted 03-07-2016 12:45 AM

Wow, you’ve upped your game considerably. Steroids?

-- Dan

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#5 posted 03-07-2016 01:12 AM

Man that’s a beautiful humidor! I’m sure he enjoys it every day!

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

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#6 posted 03-07-2016 01:25 AM

Amazingly beautiful wood combination. Your craftsmanship is outstanding.

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#7 posted 03-07-2016 01:36 AM

Beautiful work! Excellent detail and good photography. Nice to know you used the finest in hinges and hardware. No short cuts in the making of this box. I like it all.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#8 posted 03-07-2016 02:37 AM

Sweet Dave. Very nice detail work on the banding and corners.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 03-07-2016 03:08 AM

Very nice work. Love the wood and the final finish.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 03-07-2016 03:15 AM

A delicious piece indeed! Great choice of woods, and the edging and line inlays work really well together. And the lock escutcheon is a great touch. All in perfect harmony. I really like it.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 03-07-2016 07:33 AM


This humidor is smoking! ;) I really like the banding, great precision and attention to detail. The colors work very nicely together and accent each other.

Thanks for a wonderful post.

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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#12 posted 03-07-2016 09:23 AM

Superb in every way!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#13 posted 03-07-2016 01:13 PM

It’s great to see your still making saw dust!

Beautiful Box top notch quality on this one, I love everything about it, great job on the banding!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 03-07-2016 01:38 PM

Dave, this humidor is so beautiful and nicely done. It has a lot of carefully crafted touches.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 03-07-2016 02:07 PM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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