Tiger Oak Cooler Box - Now a Humidor

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-23-2012 07:03 AM 1830 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project – my friends parents decided to get him a humidor for a Christmas gift. They found an old galvanized tin lined cooler box in their stock of antiques and collectables.

I broke down the box and reassembled it, stripped the old finish off it, and removed the liner. I cleaned up the brass, hinges, and catches. Finally I put all the hardware (functional and decorative) back in place.

A new liner of Spanish Cedar was installed setup as an interlocking configuration to help seal in the moisture. I then installed a gauge and a sponge.

A simple project, and a great antique look. The old ratty box became a warm rich new finish over the years of abuse. I wish I had better photos it – I was still learning to use my OLD camera when these were taking. I should stop by my buddies house and get a few fresh photos w/ the new Canon.

Just a simple idea – whenever you see a box at a fleamarket, roadside, or just around pick it up and think what can be done with it! The most simple pieces can often become a cherished position. The addition of an antiqued brass monogram plaque finished the deal to personalize this piece.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 07:19 AM

Interesting humidor.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 01:22 PM

nicely done !!

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:27 PM

great way to bring new life and purpose to an old unused piece. Thanks for the ideas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 02:59 AM

Nice save looks great . I would have rather had the cooler , but it wasn’t for me anyway .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 08:06 AM

I need to find one of these for myself now – I did plan on making one of the drawers in my bar into a humidor … but then again it’s been almost 8 years maybe longer 10 years and I never got the drawers built in the bar!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 04:00 AM

I love it. I smoke pipes and cigars and would love a humidor like that. It has so much caracture compared to the store bought ones. Well done

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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