|Project by MrZ||posted 11-10-2013 01:50 AM||2599 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
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.