First and probably last Humidor

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 11-08-2012 05:46 PM 2238 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I took this job I thought it was a box with an extra lining. In the long run it may be. But getting there was nothing but problems. I couldn’t get Spanish Cedar anywhere local. My first thought was to substitute another cedar I do have. Wrong! Upon further research, Spanish Cedar isn’t actually a cedar. It it a type of mahogany. So substitute mahogany for it. That’s fine, i actually had some mahogany on hand. Of course now I have a nice cedar lined box also! The body is made of old oak. I have used it for several boxes with no problems. Made the box and put mahogany lining in it. Came back next day and the bottom had split badly along the edges. I could sand it smooth, but that doesn’t hide the cracks. I decided to put the lip around the bottom. It covers the crack and looked nice on there. The lip is Russian Olive. The splines are hop hornbeam. That went fairly well.

The lid is also old oak. Put mahogany lining on it. Used oak for grizzman style hinges and front lip. At least in my mind, it needs to seal fairly well to hold humidity at 70% for cigars. Back the next day and surprise! The lid now doesn’t fit on box! OK, a little bit of sanding got that on. As you can see in pictures the hinge pins aren’t in. The guy in charge of stock failed to have brass rod on hand in my shop :-(

Danish oil and satin poly for finish. It weighs about 5 pounds. If he doesn’t like it the wife will have a grossly overbuilt jewelry box.

Thanks for your tolerance and for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 05:53 PM

some really nice looking wood, hope things work out…yea, there is a different type of work that goes into a humidor…are you putting in a gauge..or doesnt the guy want one…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 06:09 PM

Well it sure looks good now!

Did it split when you tried to bring it up to humidity? Or just in letting it sit? Seems strange.

Buddy of mine made the “spanish/american” cedar mistake on a cabinet humi he built. Ended up having a couple hundred sticks that stank of cedar and tasted awful.

I can’t have nice humidors for my sticks. I keep them all in a couple 100 gallon “coolidors.”

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 06:19 PM

12” wide, 9” deep and 6-1/2” tall.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 06:21 PM

He is supplying his own mechanics

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 07:05 PM

Monte it looks good dont be to hard on yourself.

I’m sure with what you have learned you can now

do a wee batch


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 09:44 PM

LOL…..........Good job Monte!

I like your first 2 sentences! LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 10:42 PM

Oozing with unwavering strength and character. I like it a lot !!!

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 11:45 PM

I think it turned out great!

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 04:29 AM

Sounds like you had to work for this one Monte ! It’s a hard life being a woodworker . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 01:56 PM

I think it looks great Monte, some of the best looking jobs are the ones that are a pain in the rear.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 02:40 PM

I like this one Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 06:16 PM

With all you said, I thank it looks good, the buyer love it

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#13 posted 11-09-2012 09:26 PM

Curious about the cracks, Monte; could this be from shrinkage? or stress?
I will bring the (fully dried) wood into my shop and let it climatize for a couple of days, then mill it and let it set for a day then cut to size and assemble. Someone told me years ago that this would avoid alot of wood movement while you are building your project. But you already knew this.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 11-10-2012 03:10 AM

trying new projects is always a challenge, but you conquered this one. had a lot of trouble with cracking and warping since the weather started cooling off myself.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#15 posted 11-10-2012 09:49 AM

I have no idea what a humidor is Monte, but it looks great!!

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