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ghazard

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08-05-2009 03:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humidor

I’ve been digging around and found some great threads on humidors that have helped me think through my current humidor build, first one for me, so thanks to everyone who contributed to those threads…that is what makes LJs such a gold mine. OK..to the question….

My liner is cut and I am about apply the finish. I have planned to use poly, one coat on the insides that will be covered with the liner and multiple coats on the outside, but the thing I am most concerned about is the left over smell permeating the sp cedar. Will poly be too strong? Is shellac a better choice? (I’ve heard about it being low odor.)

Thanks!

Greg

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


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jerry mayfield

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 03:53 PM

Do not use any oil based finish on the inside. The odor stays almost forever and gets into everything that’s stored in it. Shellac would be my choice.

Jerry

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 04:02 PM

Poly comes as waterbased also, right. Would that be any lower odor than oil pased poly?

Greg

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

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 04:54 PM

Water based poly has a pretty strong odor as well. I’d stick with shellac or nothing.

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

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 04:59 PM

If your talking about the spanish cedar liner, don’t put any finish on it at all. Leave the wood raw. The cedar helps to regulate the humidity inside, as well as helps age the cigar. Any finish would negate this from happening.

-- Tim, trying to come up with something cool to say here!

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 05:28 PM

I will leave the spanish cedar untouched for sure…it is the inside face of the, mahogany in this case, that I am curious about here. (Sorry…that wasn’t entirely clear in my original post…)

Per Charlie’s comment above….Is leaving the inside unfinished an option for a humidor? Has anyone had success leaving a humidor unfinished on the inside?

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

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 06:04 PM

It sounds like the inside of the top is exposed mahogany?? If this is correct I would follow Charlie’s advice for sure and use shellac on the mahogany. I am assuming that the rest of the box is lined??

On my last humidor I lined “all” of the interior so I would not expose the inside to “any” finish.
Humidor

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 06:38 PM

Gene…Here is what I’ve got.

I’ve built the complete box from Mahogany. I am lining the entire inside with spanish cedar…top, bottom, and all sides.

Do I put finish on the surfaces that will ultimatly be covered with the cedar? and if so…what finish do I use so that the odor doesn’t become an issue inside.

Thanks!

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

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 07:07 PM

IMHO – I would not put any finish on the interior of the mahogany.

I am assuming that you are concerned about the moisture possibly getting to the mahogany.

Again, IMHO, once the humidor is fully lined and then closed, the “very little” moisture created by the humidifier will only be in the surface area of the spanish cedar and not get to the mahogany. Also, the tight seal that I hope you have, will also assist in preventing any of the moisture from getting out.

Hope this helps…..........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 07:19 PM

That does help. Thanks. Leaving the inside unfinished has always been in the back of my head but my gut reaction was that it would cause warping. This box is the first of my projects that is actually for me (!) so I can keep an eye on it and see how it reacts under these circumstances. ummm…hummm..I think I am going to try that…unfinished. There is always the next box to try it a little different, right? ;)

Thanks,

Greg

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

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 07:46 PM

good information. Thanks for asking the question and to those who replied.

-- Alan, Prince George

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