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Warren

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03-21-2011 01:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humidor question lid box lid wood movement bubinga

Hi All,

I have a question which I really know the answer too but am really hoping I’m wrong. I am building some boxes and I want to use a solid piece of bubinga as the top of the box. I am using miter joints for the corner of my box then routing a rabbit in the top to hold the lid.

Obviously my problem is wood movement, I know the lid piece will move with the seasons,I am just wondering if it is really going to be enough to cause damage to the box. It is only about 8” wide.

I know the answer, I just like getting slapped.

I don’t want to start veneering MDF so any other non veneer solutions where I have a flat top surface without rails would be appreciated.

Warren

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 03:06 PM

Warren, I make a lot of small boxes, and I really don’t take seasonal wood movement into consideration very much when designing them. Between the finish, and the fact that they are usually kept in a climate controlled environment, I’ve just never found seasonal movement to be a problem.

Having said that, the only possible drawback I see to your design is that any movement at all is going to affect how tightly or loosely your lid fits. If you don’t mind leaving a little “wiggle room”, it’s not really a problem. But if you want the fit to just perfect, all year round, it ain’t gonna happen, IMO.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bertha

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 03:12 PM

I get around this by floating the panel with some spaceballs AND adding a thin, tight fitting interior lid, either cedar or mahogany in the case of humidors. The wood will definitely move, especially once the humidor is seasoned and up to the desired relative humidity, but like Charlie says, it’s a pretty minor amount. In the purpleheart & walnut humidors I’ve built (100-200 cigar capacity or so), I left 3/16” all the way around & haven’t split a carcass yet. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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489tad

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 03:12 PM

I would make the rabbit/lid space enough so it looks good and not worry. Just don’t put your good cigars in on the first go around.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 03:33 PM

You can see my purpleheart humidor in my projects section. Detailed construction photos are at www.berthacombat.com. After a proper seasoning period, this humidor would hold 70%RH for months at a time using only a passive humidifier. With the Cigar Oasis, it’ll hold about 4 months on one tank. I agree with Dan, as long as your joints are relatively tight, you’ll have no problems with function. Don’t forget the initial seasoning step or you’ll have problems! Good luck.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Warren

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 05:15 PM

thanks to all of you. It really is a treat to have a forum with such friendly and helpful people. I look forward to the day I actually have some wisdom to share myself!

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture

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Bertha

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 05:18 PM

I bet you’ve got plenty of wisdom to share. Start with your favoirte cigar! I’m a Partagas guy generally but I’ve got to admit that I like the NUB cameroons. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ghazard

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 03:38 PM

i don’t have a vast amount of experience but I can offer you this example .

The top is solid .5”-ish mahogany just glued on top of the sides…because I didn’t know any better then! Built 2.5yrs ago as a humidor but not really used as one…it just sits pretty on my desk at home. This box shows no signs of trouble.

Good luck!

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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