Decanter Box to Match Humidor

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Project by Brice1 posted 627 days ago 1606 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the matching Decanter Box for the Humidor. Also made with MDF, white oak and Burl Myrtle. The box holds four decanters and opens a full 180 degrees to show the interior – which is lined with black formica to match the padded/buttoned lid. I chose Formica so that the alcohol would not damage the french polish.

The 8-way radial match pattern on top was supposed to carry down the four sides, but I didn’t do a very good job of getting all the pieces aligned – more practice…

I wanted to make my own hinges and hardware in the Bettjemann style, but the more I looked into it and learning how to engrave – the more I was contented to use “store-bought” hardware this time. If anyone has made, or makes their own brass hinges, locks, monograms etc., I’d be very interested in talking!

Anyway – thanks again for looking.


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#1 posted 627 days ago

I admire the way you take on challenges; again very nicely done, you make yourself proud !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#2 posted 627 days ago

Wow, a grand slam! The two projects work well together and speak to the level of challenge you seek and the skill with which you bring them to fruition. If you wish to make your own hardware, then a small milling machine should be on your Christmas list. Making the fixtures is probably more difficult than making the parts. But metal cuts a lot slower than wood. :-) Fun, though.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 627 days ago

Both of these are beautifully done.

I wouldn’t worry accuracy with veneer matching comes, as you say, with practice.

For hinges you might like to try Andrew Crawford’s website

Just click on the smart hinge box towards the middle bottom of the opening page.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 627 days ago

Another beautiful piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 627 days ago

Very nice decanter Brice,most attractive.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 627 days ago

I would say how great this box is, but first I have to pick my jaw up off the floor!

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#7 posted 627 days ago

Splendid Brice…...Woud love to see the results of making your own hinges. Quite a challenge but well worthwhile.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#8 posted 626 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 626 days ago

Wow! A lot of design and engineering went into that set. And gorgeous wood choice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 625 days ago

Nearly missed this one Brice – again very nice work – you have the boxmakers touch!

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#11 posted 625 days ago

This is a very nice humidor, you did an excellent job. I was curious to know if you left the inside plain with no finish? I’m making my first humidor and I am assuming that you wouldn’t finish the inside because of the humidity factor with cigars. Do you have any advice on that?



-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#12 posted 614 days ago

Nice work Brice. I know the time, effort, and skill that goes into making a veneered box. The lines and edging are well done. It’s a shame work like this receives so few comments.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#13 posted 575 days ago

I missed this one, it is absolutely georgous, execllent work.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 574 days ago

Thanks Tom for reviving this one. I’d missed it .

A beautiful set Brice.
Excellent use of veneers and good call on the Formica. You wouldn’t want to jeopardize all the patience and effort of french polish in there.

Super job.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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