Heirloom Humidor

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Project by mkrok posted 10-27-2010 10:39 PM 1334 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my father in law’s 80th birthday present. Big Al is a cigar affecionato, he just bought the family a vacation home in Virginia nad I though this would look nice in the new county digs.

This was a very challenging project for me; it had to be perfect. The case is made from recycled white oak taken from an old set of table I made about 10 years ago. I ruined one of the table tops when I was making them and held on to the mistake for years. It served well as a couple of shelves and then gathered dust in my shop.

The case is 5/8” white oak, lined inside with 3/8” spanish cedar. The top was inspied by Woodsmith issue 190. I used the quilt top star pattern in their online extras. Had to mess with the dimesions by cutting a thousand little squares from 1/4” plywood until I got the right fit. Made a shooting board to trim the edges just right; its made from Eastern black Walunt from my prized stash and yellow birch recycled from an old bookcase I build about 8 years ago.

Walnut dovetail keys reinforce the miters all around. I used SOSS siderail hinges and finished it off with 2 coats boiled linseed oil, 9 coats high gloss spray laquer, and finishing wax.

The inside has a hydrometer and humidifier set inside a spanish cedar frame under the lid. I also inlayed 2 1930 pennies to represent his birthyear under the lid.

Thanks for looking.


-- Michael, South Florida,

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Eric in Central Florida.

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 10:57 PM

That’s a beauty.
No doubt about it.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 11:59 PM

Wonderful piece of craftsmanship Michael. The attention to detail on the construct is just outstanding. Really beautiful. Thanks for letting us see this gem.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 12:34 AM

Excellent box. I know he will really like it.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 01:46 AM

hi lovely box the design looks great it worked out very nice it s not easy to get it just right you did a great job thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 03:13 AM

He will cherish the sentiment, as well as a well made gift. Nice work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 11:34 AM

Very well done humidor! Love the top.

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

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 03:02 AM

Thanks for all the kind remarks.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 04:32 PM

Very Nice indeed, Your father in law is a lucky guy, a real touch of class, I like the cedar inlay with the lip for the lid to fit over, good job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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