|Forum topic by Cosmicsniper||posted 11-30-2012 02:35 PM||1627 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
11-30-2012 02:35 PM
I am getting close to finishing up my first humidor. It is dimensioned to hold approximately 225 cigars, which is a box of approximately 15” x 10” x 7” exterior dimensions. Stock for the sides is 1/2”. It will have a frame and panel lid, so it will sit directly on the box top, meaning that the Spanish cedar liner on the lid will come down inside the box to form the seal. In other words, the liner for the box will not rise above the box itself, but is instead recessed to receive a beveled lining from the lid. Hope that makes sense.
The box has decorative double-corner post dovetails (thank you, Incra), though I have modified the joints to connect those sides via locked miter joints, since I think it’s a more stable joint than the cornerpost. Here is a sneak preview of the actual dovetails…
My question is about hardware. I want a nice lock, to hold down the lid and, perhaps, drawing it in tightly to assure a good seal. I also would like super nice quadrant or side-post hinges/stays; however, I am scared to death about trying them because I’ve never done either. This box is a one shot deal because of the above dovetails…no shortening the box if I screw up the mortises. I’d like something that isn’t visible from the outside, except for the knuckle, of course.
So, what would you do? Would you face the challenge of the difficult to install hinges? Would you recommend a classy alternative? Any tips for either? What about a lock that you might recommend?
Thanks in advance, LJs!
-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com