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diverlloyd

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04-28-2016 05:10 PM

So here are some questions hopefully the lumberjock collective can answer.

1. The Spanish cedar, should it be glued onto the main outside wood being used?
2. In this months woodworking magazines they have plans for a desktop caddy/organizers where the lid is only half of the top would that be a good design if it can be sealed.
3. To dovetail or to not dovetail? Any suggestions on this would be appreciated as I’m torn between dovetails and finger joints. I think finger joints would make it more of a classic cigar box but the dovetails would look good if they come out good(I do 95% of my work by hand).

My worries with most of the questions is the humidity involved. I have seen the humidors with the contrasting corners they are nice but I want to build something different that would work well.


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 05:15 PM

Dont finish the Spanish cedar.

I used breakaway nails. I dont even think you can find them any longer.

Forget tradition, dovetail for the money.

For a thought: laminate the spanish cedar to the other wood and then dovetail it so the tails and pins have contrast.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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diverlloyd

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 05:58 PM

Yeah I thought about laminating but I would have to make the box and then laminate it to get it to seal up. So I can get a over hang into the box.

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 07:03 PM

I’ve always preferred the box within a box construction.
Basically make the outer box in what ever style you prefer. The inside is then clad with the cedar, unfinished, Miters or dados can be used to wedge the cedar in place, much like making kitchen drawer dividers. A piece of thin double sided carpet tape can help hold the cedar to the outer box walls.

The humidity is a non-problem if you eliminate the cross-grain joints and/or use frame/panel construction.

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diverlloyd

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 02:21 AM

Thanks guys I will try a couple out tomorrow if it’s a low pain migraine day.

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 04:20 AM

1. The Spanish cedar, should it be glued onto the main outside wood being used? NO
2. In this months woodworking magazines they have plans for a desktop caddy/organizers where the lid is only half of the top would that be a good design if it can be sealed. NO
3. To dovetail or to not dovetail? Any suggestions on this would be appreciated as I’m torn between dovetails and finger joints. I think finger joints would make it more of a classic cigar box but the dovetails would look good if they come out good(I do 95% of my work by hand). MITER JOINT

Moisture is an important factor unless you live in a 70% moisture environment, the cedar (not Spanish and not cedar) will have to be brought and maintained at 70% so your cigars are happy.

-- PJ

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diverlloyd

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#6 posted 04-29-2016 04:35 PM

I was told the sealing of the box was the most important thing. I stopped into my local high end cigar shop today to chat with the guys in there. I was schooled on the cigar world, I love getting information. Thanks to all who replied I will be testing different variations of the boxes I have enough “Spanish cedar to make 5 or so very large humidors. So I will be making numerous tests models. If it’s all going to be miter joints then I won’t be making them. From what I was told and by what people have been asking for they want something different.

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