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Machine-heavy (alas) Walnut Humidor

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Project by Bertha posted 1290 days ago 1817 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this humidor for a smoke-bellowing friend of mine, Dr. S.

Time contraints forced me to resort to power tools but I did all the surfacing with antique hand planes. I started with rough walnut stock that I brought down with the 40, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 80. I jointed the edges with a jig & straight bit after having a piece escape my grip at the power jointer. Dovetails were strictly by machine only, not a saw touched them (sigh). I scored some abnormally figured Spanish cedar that I used on the interior. The inner lid was fitted with figured mahogany, strictly for dress. I assembled the box before ripping the lid (a harrowing experience) to preserve the front grain pattern. This hefty box seasons cigars well, despite its smallish humidifier. Of course, they’re probably still fresh from the cigar store by the time Dr. S. makes butts of them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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JasonIndy

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#1 posted 1290 days ago

Great design. It’s always nice having the hygrometer on the outside. The dovetails look great, too!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1290 days ago

Thanks JasonIndy! I, too, like the dials on the outside. I’ve got another humidor in my projects in which I added a third dial, a barometer. And go figure, it always reads “humid” (dumba$$ admitted). It looks cool, though. I’ll swap it out for a clock one of these days. And by the way, the dovetails were machine cut, so I can’t take too much credit. However, my dovetailer is finnicky, so I’ll take at least some credit:) Thanks for looking, al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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itsmic

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#3 posted 1290 days ago

Very Nice, sturdy and very practical, yes smoking is not for everyone, cigars hopefully are not as bad on his health, I finally quit cigs about 8 years ago, but, each to his or her own, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1290 days ago

Hey itsmic, I enjoy a cigar on a rare occasion (when the better half allows it) but then I’m usually done for a while. Congratulations on quitting smoking. I’m a physician, so I know how difficult (and important) it can be. Thanks for your comment about practicality. I was looking for something unobtrusive & I appreciate that remark.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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NormG

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#5 posted 1290 days ago

Wonderful piece of art. I am sure it will be around for a long time

-- Norman

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bigike

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#6 posted 1155 days ago

very nice job where do you get the humidifier from? I wanna try and make one of these humidors, is that all I would need to make one in terms of hardware?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1155 days ago

Thanks for looking, Big Ike! You have a couple of choices when it comes to humidification. You can buy a passive humidifier like the ones from Mr. Moisture:

Or you can buy a powered one like Cigar Oasis.

If you go the passive route, you’ll want some sort of hygrometer to measure the relative humidity. On my fancy purpleheart humidor, I use the larger Cigar Oasis. The wetting solutions they sell are simply water and polyethylene glycol; I usually just refill with distilled water. I like my cigars a little “wet” at around 73% relative humidity (RH) but people generally shoot for 70%RH.

In my experience, you can run into trouble not properly “seasoning” the Spanish Cedar lining. I like to frequently flood the cedar with distilled water and keep a wet natural sponge in a bowl inside the cabinet for a few days. If you decide to build one, don’t hesitate to PM me or post here. I’ve screwed enough of them up to help you avoid some pitfalls:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 1155 days ago

Well done my dear friend .As an anti smoker apart from when I can get my hands on a few nice cigars LOL I love this piece your pal Al Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1155 days ago

Thanks Alistair, due to my fiance’, my cigar smoking days are pretty much a memory. But every once in a while, a nice maduro will find its way to my lips:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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