cherry and maple humidor

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Project by daruco posted 10-27-2010 04:59 AM 1620 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i made these humidors for myself and as Christmas presents for a friend and two family members who smoke. lots of lessons learned in the process. i had never made a box before, so that was the first challenge. but the biggest enigma was the finish. how does one finish a wooden box whose purpose is to be higher in humidity on the inside than on the outside…without it exploding? having experienced rather spectacular failures due to the incorrigible and inevitable movement of wood, this seemed entirely counterintuitive. it was this conundrum that led me to this site, where i found wonderful advice and encouragement, and so plowed ahead. as i’ve been working on this project, i’ve been exploring the LJ site, and am simply in awe of the craftsmanship on display here. these humidors are considerably better than they would have been thanks to the advice and examples posted here. and next time, they will be much better. so, thanks to all.

i made four. this one is cherry with a bookmatched maple top, splines and turned knobs. finish is danish oil and wipe on poly.

-- dave : vermont

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 05:34 AM

so what are your secrets to prevent the boxes from being destroyed by the humidity differences inside/outside the boxes?

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 10:54 PM

Dahlgren- i figure the insides are insulated from moisture to some extent by the cedar lining. also, given the way the grain runs along the sides, any movement in the cherry should be up and down, which shouldn’t cause any catastrophic problems. the main risk is that the maple top moves beyond the 1/4 inch or so that it has in the rabbets. beyond that, i said a prayer and pretty much ignored the issue altogether. so, no. no secrets. i’ll let you know if it turns itself into kindling…

-- dave : vermont

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