|Project by Dinger||posted 03-23-2014 05:17 PM||1304 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I made this cherry humidor for my cousin. I must admit, when I saw that grain, I wanted to tell him that it ruined the lumber or something to keep it for myself! Anyway, this was my first box. Construction is splined miters with the to glued on. Thanks a lot to Boxguy for all his projects and insights on his blog regarding this construction method! Including a jig for sawing the splines! Cutting the top off turned out to be a disaster. I think my sled had enough play in it to really throw things off. I ended up a full 1/8” off with the last cut. I’ll probably use a hand saw and connect the lines next time. The bottom is a 1/4” plywood.
As for the “humidor” portion of the project, I pretty much winged it. I did get some input from the local Woodcraft guys, which helped a lot, but nothing official. Maybe there isn’t more to it than plunking some Spanish cedar in there. I had to glue up a couple panels for the top and bottom and left some room at the edges for wood movement. Their only spot glued with hide glue to keep them in place. The seams on the bottom are covered by the sides, but the top isn’t. I rounded off the top edges to allow for the lid to close. I was able to sneak up on the cut for the sides to get a nice tight fit. I put in a simple finger lift with a cove bit. Apparently cherry burns quite easily or my bits suck. I convinced myself I liked the look. :) I may add a tray with some scraps but needed some feedback on which direction he wanted the tray. Finish is two coats of tongue oil. I’ll have to learn how to apply wax one of these days…
Thanks for looking!
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