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Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 04-14-2013 06:42 PM 2053 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2013 06:42 PM

Hey guys, pretty new to woodworking, so I’m not a pro.A friend asked if I could build a humidor. Of course I said sure. Didn’t want to sound like a beginner. Does anyone know of a simple pattern I could order? And of course and help with information would be great to. Thanks in advance… Dave

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 09:30 PM

Here is some info, I think there are some commercial plans on the Wood site for one. I built one a few years back for a friend, but didn’t have formal plans. I used tiger maple on the outside and spanish cedar to line the inside.

Pics are here:

-- Darren, KCMO,

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 10:40 PM

Looking back through some old emails, I orginally got my plans from Rockler, but they are the same ones U-bild offers. I mostly got them because of some special and they were free.

Here is a humidifier an hygrometer I came across on amazon:

-- Darren, KCMO,

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 10:07 PM

Darren, Thanks for the help and the pictures.I’m going to make an attempt probably next weekend with a cheaper wood first to see how it turns out.i guess practice makes perfect….. Dave

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 08:46 PM

I did a generic search on the Internet a little while back just cause I was curious. There was quite a bit of info out there on different tips on building and cedar linings.

-- Chris

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 08:52 PM

It certainly helps if you have a really good router table and accurate table saw.

This one was made prior to my buying a good router table, but the festool router I used treated me pretty well.

I recommend cutting the joints with a locking miter, rather than a simple miter and use furniture grade plywood for the top, not solid wood.

I used baltic birch plywood for the top, since there is going to be humidity in the box I would not personally use something like MDF.

I used maple sides and veneered the entire box is macassar ebony. I then cut the edges for 1/4” stripes of gaboon ebony to give it a nice edge detail.

If you decide to veneer your box, I personally prefer to use a vacuum press.

It’s nice to add a detail like a leather or suede bottom to the box to prevent marring of surfaces it will sit on.

The liners should be spanish cedar or other humidor wood, unfinished.

Many no longer integrate a hygrometer into the design due to the preference of digital gauges which generally are not fixed into the box.

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