Ambrosia Maple Cigar Humidor

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Project by SantaPaulaCraftsman posted 03-01-2012 05:58 AM 4377 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local cigar store owner asked if I would make humidors that he could sell in his shop. Never made one before, but I guess a tight fitting lid and Spanish cedar lining are a must-have.

I took the design from the Greene & Greene Gamble entry table drawers, topping the sides with ebony and brass pins. It works really well for boxes.

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 08:42 AM

Nice work, I saw that you incorparated some G and G into this. Well done. I have made a few of them and your correct they need to have a tight seal. Great looking wood and design.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 09:50 AM

Your humidor looks wonderful. I like the way you did the pegged box joints, I don’t know anything about humidors, but I always wondered if there are warpage issues with the tops since the boxes are moist on the inside but dry outside.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 10:39 AM

Like the box joints how they are rounded. reminds me slightly of a log cabin, without the logs.

Very nice job, even better if you can sell them.

-- Rod, London UK

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 12:36 PM

Very cool, great looking humidor.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 01:02 PM

love those pinned box joints…...ummmm

-- cut that out!

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 02:04 PM

It would cost a fortune to stock that baby with smokes! If you don’t mind sharing…..what does the owner of the cigar shop list that humidor for? Looks great!

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 05:45 PM

To Michiganmark, I think he will be pricing at approximately $350 – $400.

I made four of the same type at the same time; one additional ambrosia maple and two smaller walnut boxes. It maximizes the tool set-up time.

I like making boxes & mirrors because the volume of lumber is smaller than full-on furniture and I can sometimes use an entire figured board for one item. As you know, My hard cost is in the wood and the high-quality (and expensive) brass hinges.

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 03:39 AM

Nice looking humidor you have there.

A good way to test the seal is to get a dollar bill and open your humidor lid. Place half of the bill inside the humidor and half outside. Close the lid and then try to pull the bill out. A properly sealed humidor will make pulling the bill out pretty difficult. If the humidor’s seal is not airtight, the bill will come out easily. Perform the dollar bill test on the front and sides of the humidor.

I’ve toyed with the idea of building a humidor, but I haven’t filled up the humidor I have, so haven’t really had the immediate need to build one.

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 05:12 AM

How does the lid “seal” it looks like it just sits flat, most humidors I’ve seen have a lip on the box and the lid sits down over that to create a vacuum type seal??

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

#10 posted 03-07-2012 08:41 AM

Now this is a cool box gonna add ya to my friends list to keep up with what you do thanks for stopping bye my page.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#11 posted 03-18-2012 02:39 AM


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

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#12 posted 11-19-2012 03:49 PM

What did you use for a finish? I have an ambrosia maple table top and would like a similar look.

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