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Blog entry by Rick posted 1372 days ago 2043 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

CONSTRUCTION:
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.

FINISH:
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.

FINISHED BOX:
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SPalm

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#1 posted 1372 days ago

Hey Rick, those are really nice! Good job Sir.
I bet that walnut will really sparkle when you attach the hinges.

Looks like you have become a buddy of blue tape :-)
I love it myself.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Rick

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#2 posted 1372 days ago

Yes that blue tape really comes in handy many times.

I’m really looking forward to putting the hinges on. I predrilled the holes so none of the brass screws should shear off while screwing them in…. I hope.

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SPalm

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#3 posted 1372 days ago

Screw in steel screws first to ‘prethread’ the wood, if the going gets tough at all. Brass screw heads really show it if they have been screwed in too hard.

Good luck, make sure to post the finished boxes.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 1372 days ago

Nice humidor Rick,
With regards to the screw for the hinges, I really dont trust those screw that goes with the hinges. I had already bought good screws separately in different sizes. In most cases, using stainless steel is worth

-- Bert

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VinnieP

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#5 posted 1372 days ago

Nice work. Not sure if I can’t wait to see the finish on the humidor or what is inside the humidor after its finished.

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Rick

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#6 posted 1371 days ago

thanks guys. I think I will prethread the holes with steel screws. Unless I decide to predrill very close to size of the screw. I have bits in increments of 1/32 inch. When you guys have done this, have you ever applied glue to the screw in order to secure it? I guess you never know if you may want to remove the hinge for some purpose so that may not be a good idea.

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SPalm

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#7 posted 1371 days ago

Hey Rick.
I have dropped a couple of drops of CA glue in a hole after removing a screw. It drys quickly. Then re-insert the screw. The matching threads in the wood will now be stronger. It works great for strengthening soft woods and even MDF and end-grains. Not sure if that is what you are asking here, but for those situations, it works great.

I don’t think you can glue a screw to wood, except for maybe some epoxies.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Rick

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#8 posted 1371 days ago

That’s a good idea. I just need to find steel screws that match my brass ones. I think it would be smart of brusso to include 1 matching steel screw. You pay enough for the hinges already.

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CiscoKid

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#9 posted 1366 days ago

Brusso’s brass screws are notoriously soft. They are still my hinge of choice though – you just have to be really careful with the screws. The hinge you used on your humidor is one that I use often. I made an acrylic jig that I carpet tape to the box after clamping the hinge and body together. Using a pony router and a 7/16” guide bushing I can quickly route out the recess using a 1/4” upturn spiral bit. Since the radius on the corners of that hinge are 1/8”, it matches perfectly. Looks like you must have used something similar since your fit is perfect. I love the finish you managed to get so far.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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Rick

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#10 posted 1366 days ago

Thanks. That would be nice to have a jig for these hinges. I just held them in place while marking around the sides with a marking knife. I used my trim router for get close to the line and finished the sides and corners with chisels.
Do you have a picture of what your trim router and bushing attachment plate looks like?

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