Humidor build #1: Building my first humidor #2

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Blog entry by Drew Gregory posted 06-29-2016 06:46 PM 2251 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little progress update here.

I lined the box with spanish cedar, starting with the bottom then the walls and finally the lid. I’m quite happy with how it turned out all pieces are a tight fit and held in place with a couple dots of epoxy.

After getting the box lined I fine tuned the fit using my no.5 1/2 which worked really well, better than expected.

Time to get the lid attached, thanks to some excellent advice:

Well, she s looking good so far!

A couple of tips in dealing with those dang hinge screws:

Use a self-centering drill bit to drill the holes—you ll be very glad you did!

Pre-tap the holes with a steel bit, to cut the threads in the wood, especially hardwood.

Coat the real screw s threads with paraffin or candle wax to lubricate them.

After all that, the screws should go in, nice and easy—and not break on you!

Looking forward to the next installment!

- Mean_Dean

I didn’t have a self-centering drill bit so I used a punch to make a solid dent for my drill bit to start in. Using an extra screw I waxed the threads and screwed it into each hole before attaching the hinge.

First attempt to close the lid I didn’t get far. Needed to round over the back lip of protruding spanish cedar. Continuing around to both sides and the front little by little the lid came down. By slowly sanding away material I was able to get the fit nice and tight.

I used 150 grit sand paper to ease the edges on all sides of the box with the exception of the bottom.

Next up a final sanding of the outside then finish.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate your comments and advise.

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#1 posted 06-29-2016 11:53 PM

It’s looking really good! I especially like the (maple?) trim along the edges—very catchy!

It’ll be fun to see how it turns out!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 09:02 AM

Looking good, what type of finish are you planning to use? Also what type of tap did you use for the hinge screws?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 06:35 PM

Looking good, what type of finish are you planning to use? Also what type of tap did you use for the hinge screws?

- Vince

I am using Tung oil from Lee Valley, I didn’t use a tap I actually used an extra screw.

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