|Project by ShaneA||posted 10-10-2011 03:31 AM||2214 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
These are a couple of humidors I attempted a while back. Maybe some of you cigar/humidor experts can tell me where and how I went wrong. The second box, made of Paduak and QS Sycamore, was my first attempt, and I knew I had made several mistakes. Mainly the size was too small, plus I did not allow enough room in the top to allow for the spanish cedar to make an airtight seal.
The first box is made of zebra wood, QS sycamore and spanish cedar interior. These are the first boxes of any type that I have tried to build. As far as being boxes, I guess they are ok. As Humidors, they are failures. I was never able to get them to maintain any type of constant humidity. I have a couple of theories why, but just theories. The tops close with a whoosh, which I read is what they are supposed to do. I used a PG solution to fill the humidification device, and distilled water to season the cedar. However, they did not hold moisture properly. One of my theories is that the frame and panel lid is allowing air in? Not sure, the cedar is a friction fit on the inside. I used a 1/4” ply dadoed into the groove on the bottom.
I used the cheap barrel type hinges from Rockler. They work well, I did not want to shell out more $ for the expensive hinges that cost about $30. The only bad things I can say about them, is that they are fidgety trying to install. Second, they require an exrta cut in the back of the box that acts as sort of a “stop” if you will.
Aside from poor workmanship, is there any glaring suggestions that can be made to help me make a successful humidor. I was not happy at all with the cheap hygrometers and have no idea what to look for in humidification devices. I was also unsure if the floating panel, in the tops could be a problem? Since I used a solid wood top, I was a little worried to make it too tight. Could I have put silicone in the groove, or is that ludicrous? Any suggestions, help or critiques are welcome.