I’m making a small desktop humidor for my cigars. I don’t smoke often at all, but being a woodworker it was hard to resist making one.
The purpose of a humidor is to keep cigars at the proper humidity (65-70%) and temperature (70deg).
So I decided to make two at once. One for a friend and one for myself. Both cases are walnut. One has a cocobolo lid and the other a birdseye maple lid. Both will feature Brusso hinges.
Dovetail joints for the sides. Lid and bottom are dado joints.
The insides will be lined with 1/4” spanish cedar. The sides of the bottom will stick up into the lid 1/4” to create a seal so that air won’t want to escape.
I’m currently on my 3rd coat of Deft clear danish oil. I LOVE the glossy shiny look the walnut and cocobolo have when applying the oil. But then it kind of disappears when you rub the excess off. 3-4 coats is all I normally do. I wonder if I should continue to 5 or more possibly. I do plan to buff the boxes when the oil is completely dry. I have the Beall wood buff system which are simply large buffing wheels for Tripoli, White Diamond and Carnauba Wax. I attach these to a 1725rpm motor I got from Grizzly. I know I could get the shine I’m looking for from the carnauba wax but I don’t really like the way it feels and how easily it shows scratches.
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