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My First Cigar Humidor

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Project by DarrylJN posted 587 days ago 1450 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished making my first cigar humidor from Walnut, Sapele, and Spanish Cedar. The dimensions are 12” x 8” x 4-1/2” with the Walnut sections being a 1/2” thick, the Sapele that is in the frame of the lid being 1/4” thick, and the Spanish Cedar lining also being 1/4” thick. I finished the outside with Deft Clear Wood Oil Based finish along with some #0000 steel wool sanding in between coats. This is the first time I have used a spray-can finish and the first time I have used an oil based product and I must say that I really like the way the finish came out.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC





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robert triplett

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#1 posted 587 days ago

What a treat to open Lumberjocks and see this box. The top is stunning and well positioned. I am often asked if I make humidors, but since I don’t smoke, they never occur to me. great job on yours.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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DarrylJN

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#2 posted 587 days ago

Thanks Robert! I don’t really smoke cigars either but I really wanted to make one and now I am probably going to make a few more. As a matter of fact, I split the Sapele down the middle so I pretty have a matching piece to make another lid. I might try making this one using walnut and sapele as well but I might do something different like maybe mount the Hygrometer in the front-side of the box and I might also add a tray inside that can be removed to reveal more cigars underneath.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 587 days ago

That’s really beautiful

-- 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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Matt Nudi

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#4 posted 587 days ago

Nice quality humidor, always love seeing these, because they often get the most attention put into them and bring out the best work of an individual. Looks great!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 587 days ago

Beautiful humidor great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DarrylJN

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#6 posted 586 days ago

Thanks guys! I really do try and put attention to detail in everything I make. My wife says I get a little too obsessive and I need to sometime just let the small stuff go.. but i can’t. :)

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 586 days ago

Nice job on this. I have made a few. Did you wet the wood inside to give it more moisture. I noticed the your meter reading low. 68 is a good number to shoot for. I have used weather stripping inside to make a good seal to keep moisture at the correct level. I have one with a glass top full of Cubans that I love.

Beautiful work and look fwd to seeing more.

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

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DarrylJN

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#8 posted 586 days ago

Hey Ken, no I didn’t season the wood and the reading is off because I have been opening and closing it all day to show friends, I think it takes about 1 hour to completely adjust. I am actually planning on selling this so I figured I would let the new owner season the inside and will provide all of the instructions for the humidifier and the hygrometer so they can set them the way they like. Do you have any pics of the humidor with the glass top, I would love to see some pics?

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 586 days ago

Hey Darryl. Yea that makes sense. Here are a cpl pis you asked for…

have a good one

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

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DarrylJN

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#10 posted 586 days ago

Hey Ken,
Wow! I really like the way it came out, especially being able to see the cigars is really cool. I will have to try that on a future cigar box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Dave Haynes

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#11 posted 585 days ago

I love this! I have always wanted to make a humidor. Where did you purchase your Hygrometer?

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com

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StephenSchaad

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#12 posted 585 days ago

Nice humidor. So much better than the only one I’ve made so far. haha I have this gorgeous curly maple jewelry box and no one to give it to so I should just convert it! haha

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DarrylJN

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#13 posted 585 days ago

Hey Dave,
I purchased the hygrometer at Woodcraft, here is the link:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2001191/38666/hygrometer-wbrushed-gold-dial-and-brushed-gold-bezel.aspx

Darryl

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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DarrylJN

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#14 posted 585 days ago

Stephen,
Thanks! Converting the humidor isn’t a bad idea, you just need to add some Spanish Cedar and you will be all set!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Jonathan

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#15 posted 405 days ago

Darryl,

This is a great looking humidor. I especially like how you used the grain of the sapele to your advantage, with the placement of the hygrometer. It’s a well thought-out design in my opinion.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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