50th anniversary present a inlayed dovetail humidor.

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Project by diverlloyd posted 06-08-2016 12:54 PM 1834 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is a 50th anniversary present for a couple of my friends. They are very nice people and do a lot for our local charities, they got me into doing donations so she ordered a humidor from me. This is it, I had artistic freedom and decide to make something very nice and not something that they could just go pick up from our local cigar shops.

This was all done by hand except for cutting the stock down to size. The inlayed dovetails were very stressful since they are all done with a chisel and hammer. I was worried about them breaking or chipping out. It is mahogany and white maple with the Spanish cedar inside. The outside box is finished with a thinned poly mix that I like to use inside and out the Spanish cedar box isn’t finished and smells very nice( my dog/shop buddy loves the hand planed curls of it). The hinges are modified and not quadrant hinges( all the quadrant hinges looked cheap even the $50 sets) the back of the humidor is the stop for the hinges. I planed it until the lid stopped at around 95 degrees.

Thanks for looking and commenting if you do and thanks again to the people who posted on my question thread about humidors. Hopefully you guys like the design, I wanted it to be different from every other humidor I have seen. Comments and critique are welcome.

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 01:14 PM

Wow. That’s truly an awesome piece. I can’t imagine cutting all those by hand.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 01:18 PM

Monte it was a blast a I see why people use a dovetail jig to do the inlayed dovetails. It would make it a lot less stressful. The mahogany I just don’t trust very much always chipping and stuff.

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 01:19 PM

AJ, I know nothing about humidors, but I do know that is one beautiful box! Love the double dovetails! Happy anniversary to your friends and thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 01:33 PM

Excellent build looks great.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 01:40 PM

Thanks candy and Jim

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#6 posted 06-08-2016 03:14 PM

Looks very good. I will need to look at when i get home tonight.

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#7 posted 06-08-2016 03:18 PM

This is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-08-2016 03:41 PM

Thanks and I will see you later tonight Jess

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#9 posted 06-08-2016 04:01 PM

That is nice AJ, I like it. The dovetails turned out great. Good Job !

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#10 posted 06-08-2016 04:26 PM

Festus I’m happy with them also

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#11 posted 06-08-2016 07:53 PM

Definately for daily top 3! Excellent dovetails, realy lot of work with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 06-08-2016 09:57 PM

thanks Ivan, Im glad you all like the way it looks.

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#13 posted 06-09-2016 12:38 AM

Wow! VERY impressive build!

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

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#14 posted 06-09-2016 12:55 AM


-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#15 posted 06-09-2016 01:09 AM

thanks guys

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