Pipe Humidor

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Project by Texasgaloot posted 04-21-2008 07:45 PM 3365 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You always hear about the high cost of smoking, but I didn’t realize they meant the “good life” accessories. Being who I am, I simply resolved to make my own. I found a couple of photos of an old Dunhill humidor on eBay once, and set about duplicating it. The component of this piece I find most interesting is the coopered lid; edges of the individual staves (6 if I remember correctly) were all planed to an angle, edge-glued together, and then the seams planed to make the rounded effect. After the lumber was dimensioned from raw flitchs down to 1/2” using a table-saw and thickness planer, all other work was done neander-style: using hand tools only. The only thing I regret—and I don’t know what I was thinking—was the use of brads to help support the assembly while the glue dried. What I learned was how much linseed oil will make a brad head scream at you in walnut. Exterior, as noted, is in walnut, interior is Spanish Cedar. There is a cool secret compartment underneath the humidor (that is no longer secret.) What is really strange is that soon after completing the project (several years ago) I stopped smoking. Note the dust (and the clever use of a white sheet as background!)

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

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 11:24 PM

This is a very nice humidor. The lid and curved sides add nice details to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 11:45 PM

Very cool Humidor. I Quit smoking for seven years then started puffing cigars in 03 when I broke my back, the nicotene actually helps pain according to my MD. But I gotta quit them too. Nice work, very well made. mike

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

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 02:51 AM

I was rolling the dice and came across your humidor. My dad had one just like it. He did store some pipes but never tobacco. He always had a Half and Half pouch with him. My brother is in possession of the humidor now. Thanks for the memories.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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