Cigar boxes

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Project by Rick posted 1462 days ago 1621 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My local cigar shop owner asked if I could make him 100 or so boxes that he could sell his cigars in. He orders his cigars straight from the source and puts his own labels on them. So he wanted his own boxes.
I was able to make 110 of these from 5 sheets of 4×8 birch veneer ply. Made a lot of saw dust that day.

Each lid has a small routed groove in it for your thumb to grab onto.

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#1 posted 1462 days ago

Sweet. That’s a big lot-o boxes. Good for you.

What is the size, finish, and quantity holding capacity?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 1462 days ago

Well, that was a nice job to have been given. I hope that you came out ok and that everything went well. It’s nice to know that people still need things like this without using imports from China or somewhere. They are very nicely done.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 1462 days ago

Thanks guys. Ya it did feel nice to be needed.

Steve, I didn’t put any finish on them. He didn’t want them finished plus he wanted to keep the final price as low as possible. Boxes are 7.75×4.375×4.375 I think he said he can get about 20 churchill sized cigars in there.

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#4 posted 1462 days ago

Great Job! That’s the way to do it!
I bet he was pleased with them!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 1462 days ago

I hope you got a few cigars along with the payment, those are some sweet boxes!

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#6 posted 1462 days ago

Very cool project! Nice work.

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

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#7 posted 1462 days ago

Wow, over a hundred! That is alot of boxes, it is good to do something like this once in a while. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 1462 days ago

Wonderful project, and so wonderful that there are people like him.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 1462 days ago

lots of work but it looks good!

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

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#10 posted 1460 days ago

Nice boxes. It looks like you used a rabbet joint on the corners. What holds it together? Did you use glue? If so, what kind? Did you build something to hold the pieces together? I can’t imagine clamping over 100 boxes. No body has that many clamps! Did you use any fasteners? brads or staples?

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#11 posted 1458 days ago

Yes the glue ups were a pain. All I used was glue. I made a jig that helped me quickly clamp 4 boxes together and keep pressure on all joints. I’d leave them in for 12 minutes then remove them and move on. 12 minutes was enough time for the glue to hold these little box joints together and stay together.

I attempted to use my pin nailer, in addition to the glue, but they didn’t hold the joints very well. I had to use the clamping jig.

I would include a picture of the clamping jig but I didn’t take any and I gave it to the cigar guy so that he could do it next time instead of paying me to do them.

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