Cigar Humidor in Walnut

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Project by Texasgaloot posted 04-21-2008 07:26 PM 2268 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was an interesting challenge, in that the side profile prevented the standard build-it-as-a-box-and-then-cut-the-lid-off approach; the lid needed to be made on it’s own. A further requirement was that the lid needed to fit as tightly as possible in order to form a seal. Cigars are very sensitive to humidity, and like a stable environment; they also seem to like having their humidors lined in Spanish Cedar. I decided that the cedar itself would provide the means to “gasket the casket,” as it were, and routed the sides of the lining to index into the lining of the lid, as shown in photo-3. It turned out much better than I had hoped. All joint are mitered, the walnut is hand-rubbed after two coats of boilied linseed oil. The last time any water was added to the humidor was over three years ago, and interior humidity has remained steadily at 72% over that time. All the humidor needs now is some high-quality occupants, generous donations accepted…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 08:11 PM

Well I see at least one Cohiba and a Rocky Patel in the middle photo so I would say that you’re on your way to filling it pretty well. I suggest a Gurkha ancient warrior.

I like the looks of the humidor. I’m glad that you didn’t bother with putting one of those phone baloney locks or imitation brass humidity gauges on it.

The hinges are great! Were they hard to install?

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 08:43 PM

Fine looking humidor. I paying attention since my neighbor wants me to build one for him.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 10:04 PM

This is a gorgeous humidor.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-22-2008 12:01 AM

Looks great. I would’nt mind a couple cubans. Especially long dark haired ones, just kidding, In fact my sons buddy was in the service and was sent to Panama a few years back and I was graced with a mitt full of cubans when he returned. They were excellent. Have’nt had one that good since. Very nice project. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-22-2008 12:21 AM

That’s a serious looking piece of wood. Nice boxwork.

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#6 posted 04-23-2008 08:38 PM

Duck: Thanks for the positive feedback, both on the humidor and the contents! I wasn’t sure if I would appear unpatriotic for mentioning the Cuban… The hinges were a bit of a challenge: you of course need a deep mortice for the curved guides (sorry for the lame nomenclature), and a light mortice for the tangs that hold the screws. I chopped them by hand; if I were to do it again, I would use a Forstner to drill the mortices to accept the routed tangs, and then drill out the recesses for the guides. Live and learn.

Mike: LOL! Thanks! I’m blessed to have a friend that is a dentist, a cigar aficianado, and to have grown up on the Mexican border. Every once in a while I get to benefit…

Scott and David: Thank you to you both! I appreciate the encouragement.

Charlie: email me if you need any particulars.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 04-23-2008 10:01 PM

Simple and elegant. Fine work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 06-20-2008 06:51 PM

very nice humidor….simply elegant

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