Humidor build - mahogany finished exterior but not interior?

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Forum topic by ElChe posted 01-22-2015 06:04 PM 987 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2015 06:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humidor spanish cedar honduras mahogany cigars

I am in the process of building a Honduras mahogany humidor with dovetail construction. I want to build it entirely out of Honduras mahogany because it seems to have the same kind of humidity absorption as Spanish cedar and I don’t live in an area where bugs will get into my cigars. I plan on finishing the exterior with Shellac. No stain as it is a rift sawn board of mahogany that is just really cool looking natural. Here is my dilemma. I want to finish only the exterior but obviously not the interior as I want the Honduras mahogany to retain humidity. But if I finish the exterior only and not the interior I am worried about wood movement. I’ve seen humidors that only use a veneer of finished mahogany on the exterior and no finish at all in the interior. I want to do that but with solid mahogany. Am I going to fail? Lots of conflicting statements on the internet re wood movement.

If failure is a possibility I may finish the mahogany and line it with Spanish cedar. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 07:21 PM

I have been building humidors for a number of years and have always lined them with Spanish cedar. I am also a cigar smoker, and think that the Spanish cedar not only repels tobacco boring beetles, but it also imparts a pleasant aroma to the cigars, making the lining a 2 for 1 deal. I personally would use a liner, keeping the interior moisture from the humidifier device away from the outer box. Most humidors are stored indoors in controlled temperature and humidity environments, minimizing the movement of the wood. Unless you live in a very humid area and plan to keep the box out of heat and AC, I would not worry too much about the movement. I have an African mahogany with ebony accents (G and G finger joint joinery) on my bench right now that I an finishing up. It is lined too. That is just the way that I prefer to add value to my work, especially when commissioned. Hope this advice helps.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 08:22 PM

I don’t smoke exept the ocassional treat of a few cigars once every few years and no inhaling either.So if I took it up seriously, I would like a nicely lined humidor.Once when I went with an friend of mine to Venice in Italy I bought a packet of five large cigars from a small stret vendors cabin.When I got them home I took one out of the box and tried to light it and the cigars all of them must have been on the guys shelf for years as they all crumbled and fell to dust almost in front of my eyes.I don’t know what it was in italy but we were also in Saltsburg in austria were evrything was good and we were treated very well and properly looked after however when we took the train down to Venice, every time, I kid you not everytime, we went to eat they tried to cheat us with the bill.They offered on the menu a price clearly staing including tax, then charge us for the tax on top of this at the end and numerous other scams.Strangely enough the people were very nice just restaurants and some shops too.I never will go back there again.Once bitten as they say and twice shy.Alistair

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