Humidor for ships Commanding Officer

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 07-20-2016 06:35 AM 1179 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is a Master Chief on the USS Bunker Hill. They are having a Change of Command on the ship and the Chiefs Mess wanted to get the outgoing Commanding Officer a parting gift. I was asked to make a custom Humidor with the ships Seal carved on the front and the CO’s name and dates on board on the top. Inside the shadowbox portion on the top of the humidor is a ships pennant that spent many days flying on the ship. This is my first ever humidor. Before starting this project I did a lot of research on line about humidor construction, humidifiers, hygrometers etc. The outside of this humidor is made from solid cherry hardwood and the inside is lined with Spanish Cedar. I spent considerable time sanding the cedar lining in order to get a nice tight fit as the lid closed. I used a Pro Tek crystal gel humidifier and an analog hygrometer. Both are held in place with magnets. The humidifier is shown in the bottom center in the picture but the magnet is actually mounted on the left side to make more room for the cigars. I did not treat the inside of the box with distilled water as I will let the customer do that. However after a couple days with the lid closed and the Humidifier charged inside the Hygrometer read about 68%. I believe I have achieved a good seal between the lid and the liner. This design should hold about 100 cigars which is what the humidifier is designed for. As a retired Senior Chief myself my goal was to make something that the Chiefs Mess would be proud to give to the CO. My hope is that he will get many years of quality use out of this gift and will remember the Chiefs that served with him whenever he uses it.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 08:02 AM

Nice work congrats on making this so well done. I’m sure he loves it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 12:12 PM

I would be honored to receive this humidor. You did well.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 11:46 PM

Tim, as usual an excellent job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 12:54 AM

That’s a great looking humidor! It’s a wonderful tribute the Chiefs are giving the CO—and a wonderful piece of work by you!

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

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 05:54 AM

Thanks for the positive comments everyone. As with all first time builds I learned a lot.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#6 posted 07-23-2016 01:05 PM

Super nice Tim

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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