Humidor #2

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Project by jayjay posted 03-17-2010 02:38 AM 2293 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone-

This is the second of 5 humidors I’m building. This is also made of Cherry, Walnut, and Spanish Cedar. Overall dimensions are 8.5”x11.5” x 5.5” tall. This was my first attempt at doing inlay, over all I feel pretty good about how it turned out. The feet on this were a bit more challenging because of their small size, and they have a bit more detail than the others I’ve made, as far as the profiling is concerned. I was originally going to use 4 keys on each or the corner joints, and at the last minute I decided to make the top and bottom ones stripes that went all around instead.

Again, thanks for any comments or critiques.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 02:45 AM

Absolutly beautiful. I am an avid cigar smoker myself. Most of the humidors are made with plywood an have a veneer burl on it, which is junk and they want to charge an arm and leg for it. Did you make this for yourself or for a client? Great job again it looks great.

-- One Time Tree Man

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 02:47 AM

Simply wonderful. I really like the look of this one jayjay.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 02:52 AM

Thank you gentlemen. Chris, I’m making this and four others for a few friends who love to smoke cigars. They all have bought humidors which haven’t worked out too well for them, so I thought I’d give it try, and build a few for them. Hopefully they hold up better than the ones they have now.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 03:24 AM

very good work, love the grain on the top

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 04:35 AM

fantaastic work jayjay. Do you put a finish on the ceder lining or just leave it natural? What is best for the cigars?
Also do they just put a humidity control in it or are you going to put something in it? I see some with a humidity dial and a grill of somekind inside.

Thinking about building one for a fun project.


-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 04:51 AM

Nice work. Great feet.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 04:56 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 05:05 AM

Beautiful box Jason great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 05:22 AM

Thanks again for the kind words guys.

Mike, the cedar lining is left completely natural. The cedar has certain characteristics that help regulate the humidity and control the growth of mold. And it supposed to be real stable in the high humidity. Some say it also adds a pleasant flavor to the cigar. Since I don’t smoke cigars, I really couldn’t say. Is cedar the “best”? All I know is that is seems to be the most popular, but I have heard of some other types of woods being used for the lining. As for the hygrometer/humidifier, I’ll leave that up to the guys who end up with the boxes. Avid cigar smokers seem to have a preference when it comes to that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 06:07 AM

Nice box and great craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 07:51 AM

You can not put a finish on spanish cedar. Like you said jayjay, spanish cedar actually helps control the moister and it DOES give it an awesome smell. You really dont want to over-sand the cedar either, otherwise you might close those pores you need for the humidity control to work. In a lot of ways, spanish cedar smells like cigars…or is it…cigars smell like spanish cedar?? :) you HAVE to use spanish cedar….any other cedar will give the cigars a horrible taste/smell—in all honesty, I wouldn’t put any other kind of wood, except spanish cedar in the lining of a humidor.

Cool looking humidors!! I’m making one myself for my brother…it is going to be a travel humidor. Check out my blog (work in progress) here.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 11:18 AM

Very well done, I have a humidor that was hand-made as well, and it works great! Enjoy!

I have found these are the best humidifiers around. They are very stable, and I only add water about every 45 days or so. I live in So. California where we do not have alot of humidity. Here is a link. Thier avial from all kinds of places, this is just an example.

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

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#13 posted 03-17-2010 02:01 PM

dakremer, thanks for the tip on not over sanding the cedar, I never really thought about all the dust closing up the pores. I agree with you about the smell of the cedar, it does have a pleasant scent to it.

Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#14 posted 03-17-2010 03:53 PM

lookin good jason

-- -erik & christy-

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#15 posted 03-17-2010 04:52 PM

Jason Another triumph I must confess to preferring this one though the Wanut top is beeeautiful.Good job that man

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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