Proper cigar box measurments?

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Forum topic by Jpawmark posted 11-30-2012 03:01 AM 1149 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2012 03:01 AM

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I want to make a nice cigar box for my stepfather, but honestly i haven’t a clue as to any good designs to use.
Does anyone have some good examples i can look at? or perhaps some measurements i can start with to come up with something of my own?

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 03:09 AM

Are you talking about a humidor?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 03:54 AM

yes a humidor. Sorry i guess i wasn’t specific enough. I’ve seen a few nice looking designs (some beyond my skill level at the moment) but not many of them had measurements or directions on construction. or if they did they were a bit too large for my liking

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 04:06 AM

I’d not be much help having never built one myself, but you might try getting a cigar box off of him and then figure out how many he stores, to get an idea of overall size. I spent a few hours a month or so ago looking around this very subject, even looked at some spanish cedar at my local hardwood dealer. The first obstacle was I would of had to buy a really big stick of spanish cedar as it does something to help the humidity (lol) I think.

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 04:21 AM

Every cigar is a different size and there are many different techniques to build one. The biggest thing to remember is that you are building a box to try and hold 70% humidity, that can wreck havoc on most wood. The one I built would not hold humidity so I went to a Tupperware box and have not had a problem since

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 04:32 AM

They can be any size that maintains a seal. But with the size, you have to realize that a humidor is a system of things working together. A humidor with 10 cigars in it that COULD hold 200 cigars will have problems, so the size really depends on how many cigars wil be stored on a regular basis. You need to keep enough cigars in it to help hold the moisture in the humidor, but few enough to allow for some air flow.

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 04:46 AM

12 wide 8 deep 5 high cedar lined.

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 09:42 PM

so I’ve heard. And i cant exactly ask him because he lives 6 hours away. So i cant really sneak a peek at w/e he is using now and I’m trying to surprise him for Christmas.

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#8 posted 11-30-2012 10:35 PM

Cigars come in ring sizes, ranging from size 20 to 64. A size 20 would be 20/64 or 5/16” dia. A 64 ring size would be 64/64, or 1” dia. The length of a cigar ranges from 3” to 8” by 1/2” increments. The typical humidor would hold 50 cigars, but you would want to accomodate around 75. Some people stick to one size of cigar, so that makes it easy to get the right size box. Others may be trying different blends and sizes, so you will have to make your best guess and opt toward the largest size. I personally smoke cigars and prefer a cigar with a ring finger size of 54 and 6-1/2” in length. If you can find out his preference, you will be better able to come up with good dimensions. My guess would be a box capable of holding 75 cigars with internal dimensions of 9” wide x 8” high x 5” deep. Those dimensions are to the finished dimensions after Cedar lining has been applied.

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