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Just finished my first humidor. Tiger maple box. Top centerpiece was from a maple tree that stood in our yard for 30 years, then the log was in the woodpile for several years. On a whim, I thought I would cut a chunk in half to see what the wood looked like. Lo and behold, a beautiful piece of spalted maple. I thought for a long time about how to use it, and finally settled on this piece as the first attempt. Trim is purpleheart and ebony, with purpleheart splines. Spanish cedar lining of course. As I researched the best way to do the hinges, I learned and experienced firsthand they are not easy to install. But, after plugging and redrilling the mounting holes once, I think I have the mounting pretty good for the first time. Now I am excited about getting it seasoned so I can get some stogies stored in it.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#1 posted 211 days ago

beautiful box. The spalted maple top is a nice touch.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 211 days ago

That’s a great looking humidor! I love that spalted top!

Where did you get the hinges? And how did you get the top and the case to line up accurately when installing the hinges? Thanks!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful wood on a very nicely crafted box—congratulations on a job well done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful job! Smoke on!

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#5 posted 211 days ago

Love the maple top. Have you ever used Smarthinges in your boxes?

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#6 posted 211 days ago

Dean , the hinges are Brusso hinges I got at woodcraft. I cut the box in half, strapped top & bottom together like it would be in a full 180 degree full open position. Then I laid the hinges across both halves, being careful that the hinge pin is exactly in the middle. Then I used a marking knife to trace the hinge outline. I used a trim router with 1/8 bit to clean out the material and cleaned up final touches with a small carving chisel.
Wood mark – I have not tried the smarthinges. Gotta research those. Thanks for the tip.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#7 posted 211 days ago

Nice work

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#8 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful Box and wood.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 211 days ago

Sharp looking box and a great combination of woods…!

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#10 posted 211 days ago

That’s a really spectacular looking box. The build and finish quality are fine, and those hinges look nice too. Great job.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 211 days ago

Great box.

The build is outstanding.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 211 days ago

Excellent looking Humidor, you did an awesome job…well done and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 211 days ago

Nice job on the humidor Don. My cigar of choice, Te-Amo with whiskey. :)

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#14 posted 211 days ago

Art – my favorite is Ashton white label and any good scotch!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#15 posted 210 days ago

Oh wow, just a beauty just finish my first one as well will have to post soon also have two on the bench about to see the light of day as well stay tone…enjoy your cigars in style…BC

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