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Third Humidor

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Project by McPheel posted 03-07-2018 11:13 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a week ago I was digging through my lumber rack and stumbled upon some leftover Bubinga and Spanish Cedar from a humidor i built about a year ago. I figured it would be enough to build one small humidor that I could give as a birthday gift to a friend of mine who has been wanting to start collecting cigars for a while now but never could take the step of buying his own humidor.

I built this very similar to my last few humidors building a mitered box out of bubinga and rabbiting the top and bottom to accept half inch maple plywood panels. with the top exterior receiving a walnut burl veneer and the bottom receiving a nice bug chunk of leather.

I also used this as an excuse to build myself a spline jig for the table saw which ended up working great to strengthen up the miters.

I lined the inside of the box with spanish cedar and got a much better fit then my previous humidors. I had plenty of thin strips of cedar left over so i decided to make a removable tray to allow for two rows of cigars which i think ended up being my favorite part of the build.

After completing the box i seasoned it with some filtered water in a bowl for a few days and its now holding a steady 75% humidity.

Note: I am still not an expert at installing these types of hinges and i did end up stripping one of those tiny brass screws which required a tiny dab of epoxy to hide the mistake…. I’m sure my friend won’t notice though :)

-- Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing - Nick Offerman





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 11:49 PM

That’s a handsome looking humidor—I’m sure he’ll be very pleased with it!

As for the brass screws, here’s something that should help.

First, after drilling the hole, thread it with a steel screw of the same size.

Second, coat the brass screw with paraffin wax to ease friction.

Third, drive the screw gently by hand.

You shouldn’t have any future problems!

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

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McPheel

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 12:07 AM

Thanks Dean!! Ill give that a shot on the next one.

-- Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing - Nick Offerman

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JPJ

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 12:11 AM

Third one’s the charm, nice job!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 12:33 AM

Great looking humidor! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Jerry

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 01:42 AM

That’s a real beauty, you should be so proud of that! Now about those screws. It seems if they don’t strip out the wood, they break. I have solved the problem with an appropriately sized Vix bit

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RE9PVSG/ref=asc_df_B00RE9PVSG5395425/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B00RE9PVSG&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167125219398&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6934057793193748724&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032979&hvtargid=pla-307905357969

and after predrilling the holes, a little paste wax to lubricate the screw so it doesn’t break.

Brilliant job on the humidor mate.

Jerry

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 04:02 PM

Gorgeous craftsmanship! Heirloom quality.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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TangoFox

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 04:07 PM

I’m about to need a better humidor – Mine only has a mediocre seal, but I can get away with that in Florida. Won’t be as lucky after an upcoming move to Phoenix.

Thanks for the inspiration!

-TF

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Joe

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 05:06 PM

Your friend is lucky to have a skilled craftsmen like you to build such a great humidor.

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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Peteybadboy

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 09:41 PM

Great work, Jerry is right, invest in vex bits, then Mean Dean method works great. Keeps those brass screws from getting damaged by not having to twist to hard . (steel screw first) I have yet to try a Humidor.

-- Petey

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