Cigar Box ....... Kinda Sorta

  • Advertise with us
Project by KnotCurser posted 07-26-2011 02:12 AM 2145 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So…...... You can clearly see that this is not what one would call a “traditional” Cigar Box. Not by a long shot.

For the last year and half, a co-worker of mine has a running joke with me about asking me to make him a Cigar Box. It’s then my turn to ask him “How much are you willing to pay”. It’s then HIS turn to say “Why do you have to bring money into it?”. We both giggle and go about our day (It’s funny to us at least). We have had this conversation hundreds of times.

I am being re-assigned at the end of this month, and wanted to make something for him to put a proper end to this joke. I just couldn’t do the expected though…....... not me!

So, what you see here is his Cigar Box. It holds a single cigar and is made out of a single piece of very nice Walnut.

Thanks to Steve Marin's Video, I had quite an easy time in the construction process. Thanks Steve!

The box features a dovetailed sliding lid and a recess just big enough for the single cigar. I suppose a nice pen could also be placed in there if one would desire…...

I tried to get as extravagant as I could making a simple, silly box so I used a really good Danish Oil, followed by a sealing coat of Tung Oil. Then at least four coats of a really nice paste wax buffed in between with 0000 Steel wool. This is something I would normally only do to a fine piece of furniture! Also, a piece of felt is inlayed under the cigar as well as felt discs installed as feet. Nothing but the best! ;-)

Box measures 2.5×7.5 inches and is a tad over 1 inch high.

I will leave this on his desk just prior to me leaving for the final time.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

6 comments so far

View SPalm's profile


5325 posts in 4122 days

#1 posted 07-26-2011 02:54 AM

What a nice box.
And a nice, thoughtful gift.

Good for you,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View blackcherry's profile


3338 posts in 4063 days

#2 posted 07-26-2011 03:11 AM

This one would be called a travel humidor, just the right size for a trip and back to the main stash…lol Blkcherry

View Manitario's profile


2705 posts in 3123 days

#3 posted 07-26-2011 04:08 AM

beautiful. Hopefully you got him a cigar worthy of its box.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

9238 posts in 3160 days

#4 posted 07-26-2011 12:18 PM

That’s a great gift for anyone! I love walnut. It is one of my favorite woods. The finish is just beautiful!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View rance's profile


4267 posts in 3400 days

#5 posted 07-26-2011 04:48 PM

A very nice box and a great story to go with the momento. Seems so often that we feel the need to complicate things when the simplest solution is often the best. Very well done on ALL accounts. The box will mean a lot to him.

Very nice photography too btw.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View Stevinmarin's profile


838 posts in 3315 days

#6 posted 07-28-2011 12:23 AM

Hey Bob,

Nice! I knew someone would figure out a better use than crochet hooks. That better be one fine cigar in there!


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics