Pagoda Humidor

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Project by Richard posted 07-23-2010 01:24 AM 2460 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this project took on a life of its own. I went from a stand alone humidor to a combo humidor /storage center. When it came time to craft the lid…lets just say I had a moment of pure insanity. The four corner posts and the two pagoda tops are made out of Padauk. The sides and drawer fronts are made out of maple. The interior of the upper compartment is lined in cedar. I didn’t use any stain just a clear coat with some UV protectant.

The lids are formed out of padauk. I used the method described in wood magazine issue 176. They used two jigs. One along with a drill press to sand the profile of the bottom of the lid. This was my first challenge as I don’t have a drill press. I do have a bench top disk sander. It was then a matter of re-engineering the jig to rotate it 90 degrees and make the lid move in and out rather than the sanding pad. The next challenge was that my pagoda lid was about 3 times as large as the one in the magazine. That meant enlarging both jigs to accommodate my lid. I did a few test lids using scrap to perfect the method before I tried it with the padauk.

On the face of the bottom cabinet is what is known as a Torii gate. They can be found all over Asia. They have many meanings but they are most often found as you enter shrines. They are meant to symbolize the passing from a non-pure environment to a pure environment. I will let more scholarly people debate which side is the pure side and which is the impure side. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 01:29 AM

This is absolutely stunning! I love how it is not just a humidor but a real piece of furniture and a piece of art all in it’s own. You did a magnificent job in the design and the craftsmanship. Two difficult feats to conquer and both are done quite well. The selection of woods compliments the piece and gives it quite a unique flare. Absolutely stunning!

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 01:50 AM

While I am not one for cigars I do really like this piece of furniture. It has really nice composition with the contrasting wood species.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 07-23-2010 02:25 AM

very awesome – did you use spanish cedar for the interior of the humidor? if its going to be a function humidor it should be (spanish cedar). The design is absolutely gorgeous. And I love the wood choices. Great job!!

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

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 02:29 AM

fantastic piece you have created there
thank´s for sharing it


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#5 posted 07-23-2010 07:31 AM


Beautiful piece of work. Glad you kept it in a Natural Finish, Very Complimentary to the overall Concept and Asian Design. I know what you mean about “The Doors”.


-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 08:07 AM

That is great! I love it

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 12:52 PM

Wow! Now that rocks! Love the look and feel of this piece. Very well done sir….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 07-23-2010 02:28 PM

Good job! I like it, a lot.


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#9 posted 07-23-2010 02:36 PM

Unique design

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 07-23-2010 07:41 PM

This is an awesome piece. I’m glad you followed your inspiration. Came out great.

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