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Project by Victor708 posted 1033 days ago 2729 views 32 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, after serveral delays(a/c for the shop, 100 amp sub panel for the shop) I finished the humidor I started a month ago. Finshed at first with arm r seal. Didn’t like. Then tried a wipe on poly. Didn’t like. Ended up with many coats of shellac rubbed to a high gloss. Now if I could afford to fill it with cigars. Made from walnut with maple stringing.

Vic

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?" http://www.hawkinswoodworking.com





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 1033 days ago

Nice looking box, what are you going to use for humidification? and monitoring?

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JeremyPringle

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#2 posted 1033 days ago

Thats awesome. How thin is the walnut panel in the lid?

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sgtq

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#3 posted 1033 days ago

beautiful box, how did you attach the top panel to the box? Just glue?

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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sgtq

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#4 posted 1033 days ago

and sorry so many questions but also how did you do the maple stringing.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#5 posted 1033 days ago

Really nice job. Good work on the mitered corners and the top looks outstanding. I love the maple stringing. Is that spanish cedar on the interior?

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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#6 posted 1033 days ago

Great looking humidor, very good craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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Ian Hawthorne

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#7 posted 1033 days ago

Great job Victor!

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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AttainableApex

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#8 posted 1033 days ago

famous smoke shop is pretty good, and tex cigars (i think thats what there called) are some good places, hint hint

-- Ben L

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#9 posted 1032 days ago

Vic,
Very nice indeed. Lovely transitional design providing a rather contemporary feel, yet incorporating traditional elements like stringing and base. I like it. I also completely agree with your choice of finish. Shellac (French polish) is about all I use these days, as I have found nothing that can equal the overall appearance. Nicely detailed interior. Great craftsmanship. Really nice job.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Bertha

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#10 posted 1032 days ago

Fantastic work. The finish is specacular and I’d like to know how you achieved it with shellac. For humidors, I like the thought of using only shellac but I’ve never been as successful with it. I love the plinth; not many people make humidors in this style but I find it very masculine-looking and appropriate. Very fine job.

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

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Victor708

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#11 posted 1032 days ago

Thanks every one for all the comments.

Shane, I have an electronic humidifier that will go in it. It keeps it at 70% and has a digital readout.

Jeremy/sgtg, the top is actually about 1/2” thick, it has a rabbet around the perimeter to allow for about an 1/8”reveal and is glued in place.

sgtg, I cut the channels for the stringing with a straight line cutter from lie-nielson. Really like this tool.

Michael, yes the entire humidor is lined with spanish cedar. The trays are also spanish cedar.

Ben, funny you should mention Famous, I have an order in transit from them. I ordered 50 but I think this one will hold around 300.

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?" http://www.hawkinswoodworking.com

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Victor708

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#12 posted 1032 days ago

Bertha, the shellac was actually not very hard to apply. I brushed on 5 coats I think and let cure for about two weeks, wet sanded with 400 grit, then polished it using my random orbital sander and a series of sanding pads from 1500-12,000 grit. I used soapy water as a lubricant for all sanding/polishing. I think you can find videos of this method on youtube.

Vic

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?" http://www.hawkinswoodworking.com

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Michael Wilson

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#13 posted 1032 days ago

Gorgeous. The perspective is funny. It looks like a 25-50 count humi.

Sure beats my pair of coolidors ;) I was toying with the idea of just making a simple chest to drop them in.

I get most of my sticks from Famous. Though Thompson (of all places) has a couple buck sticks I really enjoy smoking. (Roly 2nds. They’ve got them in boxes of 50 or 100 for a buck a pop. Smooth and tasty.)

Also, Cigar Asylum has a great thread on cheap smokes. Lots of gems in there.

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amagineer

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#14 posted 1032 days ago

I am impressed with everything about this humidor. The grain just flows areound the box, and the finish is nicely done. I have made only one box, without a liner. Is the spanish cedar put in after the box is assembled?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Bertha

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#15 posted 1032 days ago

Vic, I think I haven’t had the requisite patience in the past. I like shellac because it’s so quick drying. I’ve never invested the time in allowing it to build over multiple brushed coats. I’ve also never wetsanded it, for fear of dissolving the finish. I may have to revisit this. Thanks!

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

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