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Project by MrZ posted 11-10-2013 01:50 AM 1645 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father is a cigar smoker and was talking about buying a humidor so he could start purchasing his favorite cigars by the box full. Of course I couldn’t resist the urge and told him not to buy one and that I would build him one instead. This is my first humidor; first box for that matter and I had no idea what I was getting myself into…

We went to the lumber yard and he picked out a very beautiful figured piece of bubinga; I spent quite a few weeks just looking at it as I had never spent so much on a single board before and was a little intimidated to start. I couldn’t decide on a design because I wanted to highlight the flowing grain of the piece, and went to the forums for help. I really liked the suggestion of a darker wood and decided on Wenge. After another trip to the lumber yard and I had what I was looking for.

It’s amazing how much I learned from building something as simple as a box, and also how many mistakes I made along the way. I definitely have a whole new level of respect for all the talented box makers on this site, as this project turned out to be much more difficult than I had originally thought it would be.

I got the chance to try out my new (to me) band saw and resaw Spanish cedar to 1/8” for the interior lining, as well as 1/2” for the tray inserts. I also ended up properly setting up my table saw- boxes are very unforgiving of small inconsistencies! Again lots of mistakes were made but I hope in the end my dad is happy with the final product!.

Thanks for looking, I welcome any and all criticism and or tips to help me improve.

P.S.- Sorry about the quality of the last picture, I wanted to show the chatoyance in the grain and this picture really highlighted the gold undertones that occur depending on the viewers angle and type of light.





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#1 posted 11-10-2013 02:47 AM

Very classy looking

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

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 02:48 AM

Beautifl work and gorgeous wood!

-- Mike, Western New York

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 03:44 AM

beautiful humidor. You certainly did a great job oriented the wood to get the most out of the figure.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 11-10-2013 04:30 AM

love the wood combination, you turned them into a beautiful box! What did you finish it with?

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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Rick

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#5 posted 11-10-2013 05:51 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#6 posted 11-10-2013 05:55 AM

Very nice humidor! How did you make the grid in the bottom of the tray?

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sgtq

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#7 posted 11-10-2013 06:32 AM

Finish is beautiful what was it?

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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MrZ

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#8 posted 11-10-2013 02:26 PM

The finish is lacquer buffed out using automotive polishing compounds. I used shellac to fill the pores in the bubinga and wenge before spraying the lacquer though. I will definitely use a pore filler next time, because it took way more coats of shellac than I anticipated. The pores on the wenge were deep!

As for the grids on the bottoms of the trays, I used a cross cut sled to cut evenly spaced dados (3/4” apart) on the face of a 1/8” piece of cedar. I then used a thin rip gauge until the strips where the same size as the dados. Then I laid them out in a grid pattern and the dados overlapped, giving me half lap joints.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 11-10-2013 04:51 PM

That’s a fine humidor that you built for your father. Congratulations

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#10 posted 11-10-2013 09:38 PM

Beautiful work! I love the wood combination. I will soon be embarking on my own first box/first humidor using cherry. What dimensions is this humidor? Also, did you line the inside with the Spanish Cedar after cutting your top off? (I’m assuming that is the construction method you used.) Thanks and keep up the good work.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#11 posted 11-10-2013 11:39 PM

Wonderfully done and I agree, it is a gorgeous piece of bubinga.

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#12 posted 11-11-2013 12:11 AM

Some great wood combinations and well executed.

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MrZ

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#13 posted 11-11-2013 01:51 AM

Dinger- The dimensions are 16”Wx10”Dx6 1/2”H. You are correct in your assumption of the construction method used. It was lined after cutting off the top.

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rzietlow

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 06:20 AM

I love it. I have just finished my first and second humidors. I have 3 people that want me to build them one. I think I might use this wood combo. Thanks for the picks!

-- Rob, The Ranch

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