brazilian rosewood cigar box

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Project by Allen posted 03-23-2010 01:56 AM 2201 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by my boss to build this cigar box for the company. This was my first attempt at a cigar box. Because of this fact I researched the science behind building one. I was surprised at how much spanish cedar is affected by it’s environment. And when I started hand carving the brazilian rosewood I ended up sharpening my tools many times throughout the process. It was well worth hand planing and scraping instead sanding before finishing. Overall I am pleased with the results and thought I would share.

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 02:06 AM

Great job. I am in the process of building my first humidor. When you line the box with the cedar, do you glue it in place? I was wondering about wood movement. Yours is very nice. I love the rosewood.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 02:08 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 02:13 AM

Excellent work. In your research did you find any useful sites or resources. I’ve considered doing one down the road (after the other 50+ items I’d like to make). Again, excellent job.

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 02:14 AM

very cool..nice work

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 02:30 AM

DuaneEDMD I did not glue the bottom in and I’m glad. After about 6 mo I found sap oozing through out the interior. Each piece is removable. There are some charts on wood growth online maybe even someone here could give you the answer for spanish cedar. I allowed 3/16 ths for growth over 10 inches with 1/4 in thick material.

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 02:48 AM

Very nice job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 03:16 AM

very nice job! that’s a slick looken box you got there.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 03:27 AM

looks good

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 03:37 AM

Nice work, I think its hard to go wrong with rosewood!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 03:48 AM

Excellent job… a beautiful humidor!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 05:24 AM

Very nice humidor…..... Jim’s right, you can’t go to far wrong with Rosewood…..beautiful !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 06:06 AM

I never met a box I didn’t like and a rosewood box doesn’t need to do much for me to really like it. Combine your fine workmanship with rosewood and you get an instant success. I just happened across a piece of Brazilian rosewood that is mostly sapwood at what I think was a great price – $6.75/bdft. I was told the same stuff with no sapwood would be about $100/bdft. Do you mind sharing what you paid?


-- Jim

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 01:22 PM

very nice – could you post the dimensions?

-- -erik & christy-

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#14 posted 03-23-2010 02:04 PM

Nice one. Very clean.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 03:39 PM

Very nice Humi, I have been looking around for a plan for one that will hold more than 250 cigars. I may have to just create it myself. I have multiple humi’s and it gets a little irritating having to monitor all of them. Where did you get your cedar?

-- Kelly -- Common Sense, Isn't Common to Everyone. - Me

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