Attempt at Travel Humidor

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Project by Chris Speights posted 04-10-2013 02:32 AM 1967 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this posting by John Everett, So, I purchased the plan.

I am not sure exactly what wood the dark brown is. I believe it may be cocobolo? It has a very strong smell when cut. The interior box is bocote.

It’s pretty close, though I messed up in a few areas. Either way, I was pretty pleased with the turn out. Plus, a buddy of mine that is taking his boards to be a doctor next week was rather pleased, as he was the recipient of the box.

I visited a local cigar shop. He had these silicate beads, made my “Heartfelt”. I haven’t seen the product anywhere else, so I can’t post a link. He gave me a handful and told me they would be plenty for this small humidor. You wet them with distilled water and they self regulate at 70% humidity. Originally, they are white. Once wet, they turn clear. When they “dry”, they turn back white, again. My wife sewed a little pouch from mesh ribbon to hold the beads, which you can see in the third picture.

Thanks for looking.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 03:36 AM

Love the design. Better seal than flip top boxes.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 03:46 AM

Nice work, myself I never only take two cigars…. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 08:33 AM

Well done I need to make one of these. Where did you find the plans?.... I assume you normally remove them from the plastic once in he humidor…. Great work….

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

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Chris Speights

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 11:37 AM

Thank you, all.

Ken, I am not sure about the plastic wrap, as I don’t smoke cigars, nor know anything about them. BUT, I will say that this is how they were stored in the humidor at the store I bought them. So, I assume it doesn’t matter, but again, I don’t know for sure.

The plans are from American Woodworker issue #141.

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 12:53 PM

Presumably, the crystals are something similar to Hydrosorb or the like. Nice humidor—I’ve been thinking about putting something similar together for office Christmas presents this year.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 01:41 PM

It is recommended that when you place wrapped cigars in your home humidor that you slice the plastic end off the cut side and place them in the humidor like that. Lets the cigars absorb the moisture thru the cut end.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Chris Speights

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 01:42 PM

They sound very similar to those…but these are specific to cigars/tobacco. Those appear to be for plants, but like I said, appear to serve the same function. These beads are supposed to be self regulating to a specific % humidity. Apparently when you wet them, you’re not supposed to saturate them. You want 80-90% of them to turn clearn, meaning they are “active”, but you want some to remain white. This allows them to absorb some of the humidity if it gets above 70% (or whatever specific beads you use).

These are actually the exact product

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 01:53 PM

I think that it turned out very nicely. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 04:44 PM

Very slick looking travel case,something I need to do myself. Thanks for the push and the info !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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