White Oak, Teak and Holly Humidor

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 01-09-2008 04:15 AM 6161 views 11 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many Jocks, I create new wood projects and hand them over to friends and family! So, my house is project barren! Having designed and built humidors for everyone else, I decided my own retirement from the Navy rated one humidor for myself. So, here’s the humidor that now sits in my living room and if you happen to pass my home in Rochester, pop in. There’s a cigar waiting for you! I’m not giving this one away. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 04:34 AM

Congratulations on a very nice execution. Love the choice of woods and the inlaid top.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 04:41 AM

Very Nice! Excellent job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 04:45 AM

I’ve been wanting to build a humidor for a while now, and this is a beautiful inspiration. Can you give us some insight into the functional design of this piece?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 04:51 AM

very nice work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 05:13 AM

That’s a very nice box!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 05:24 AM

Beautiful humidoor!

A couple of elements intrigue me:

1) What are the materials and construction details on the top?
2) what method did you use to cut those large miter key slots?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 05:56 AM

Wow, very impressive.

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 06:03 AM

I just love your work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 06:15 AM

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 06:28 AM

Here are some answers to your question.

I’m not sure what to say about functional design. I’m not clear on what that means. Re: materials and construction details on the top – Long story made short, I used some remaining teak wood that I obtained from the re-commissioning of USS WISCONSIN BB 64 in 1987. I used strips of Holly to create the sense of a ship’s deck. Re: method used to cut those large miter key slots – I created a 45 degree slanted finger jointing jig to run the mitered box over the stacked dado blades. I have photos of the jig but, I still need to figure out how to post them in these comments! I’ll send them. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 06:59 AM

great project. wondering about the background graphics in the photos.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 07:40 AM

looks great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 11:44 AM

Beautiful humidor. Thanks for your service to our country.

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 01:30 PM

beautiful. Nice gift to yourself

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 01-09-2008 02:00 PM

Very nice box…Love the top.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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