Humidor in the making

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Project by Bill Cowan posted 2720 days ago 2290 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a Humidor I started the other day. Kind of looks real simple here, but it will be far from it when i’m done in a week or so. The sides are Jatoba, Maple guides and inlays, Wenge’ lid frame with crowning and maple medallion. It’ll have a fancy snancy (is that a word) locking mechanisim and a mechanical key lock. It will have Spanish Cedar lining on the entire inside. Dang…. I guess I ought to add a kitchen sink :-)

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#1 posted 2720 days ago

Rolling your own cigars from Wenge?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2720 days ago

Ahhhh…..the key to all puzzles is the work in process pic that slipped in…

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#3 posted 2720 days ago

well now.. isn’t this interesting.
where does the kitchen sink fit?? :)
I hope you will share more pix of this

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#4 posted 2719 days ago

Nice humidor and great pictures of the process. I’ve thought of making one of these for my wife’s boss, but realized that there is more to it than making a nice box. I look forward to your updates.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 2719 days ago

Wow! – but coming from you, my friend, I’m not surprised, just impressed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2719 days ago

Thanks All. – Although the final work will be recognized as another accomplished boxmaker, I’m working from something I saw, and took his ideas and am making this humidor. It’d be easier if I had measured drawings, but as it is, this one is moving along with a scratch on the head here, story recording here and there, a couple of ooops, and hopefully something useful, artistic and nice looking when I’m done.

The next pic on this one will be the completed project.

Thanks again.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#7 posted 2710 days ago

OK, Here’s a few more pics of the work in process. Lot’s left to do on the lid /lever mechanisim. And lots of sanding. (I hate that step)

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#8 posted 2709 days ago

On the top of the box I’ve got to add a little platform matbe 3×4 inches with some artistic design that will take it off of the surface of the lid about 3 inches high. This will hold a little cradle and cylinder bored out with a 1/4 inch hole to accept a piston attached to the lever arm.

So to open the bugger, you’ll need to push the lever which will disenage from the maple pin you see in the third photo. Then you can lift the lid (provided you unlocked the lock that I mortised in as you can see in the third photo.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#9 posted 2588 days ago

that is one incredible box!!! how do you keep the moisture out of something like this? and that lock mechanism is truly amazing, i love the complexity of it. great work.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#10 posted 2587 days ago

Thanks. The inside is lined with Spansih Cedar and detailed so that when the lid shuts there’s a tight seal.

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#11 posted 2586 days ago

Neat box. I like the detail that your providing with the posts.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 2559 days ago

ok … now wheres the finished product ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 2408 days ago

Keep us updated on the locking mechanisim. I build puzzles and love to see different locking mechanisims.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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