QSWO humidor

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Project by cgm_md posted 05-30-2014 11:57 PM 1893 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All wood for this project was obtained from the scrap pile. QSWO for outer layer, maple for lift and splines, red cedar for inner lining (I know, I know, it’s not Spanish cedar. But again, I was using scraps!). Originally, I was going to make it rectangular , but I didn’t quite have enough lumber so I went with square. I’m glad I did as I think it really is the perfect size (7.25” x 7.25” inner and 9.25” x 9.25” outisde). The bottom and top panels are 1/2” plywood.

Finished with one coat of BLO, then sprayed semi-gloss n/c lacquer. Left the cedar unfinished. Still need to install the stop hinges. I have them somewhere, just need to find them (I already cut the mortises based on the dimensions from previous use of the same hinges).

First time attempting splined miters. Unfortunately, with the finish I choose, the maple doesn’t show up quite as well as I would have hoped. I guess because they are basically end grain.

QSWO’s rays don’t pop quite as much as maple’s curls… Maybe I’ll have to try fuming next time (although fuming a humidor didn’t really seem like a good idea).

I am not planning on installing a hygrometer, basically because there isn’t enough room and I don’t want to spend the money on a good one. I will be using these for humidification:

Overall, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I would tweak the finish a little for next time. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-31-2014 12:13 AM

Very nicely done—especially for using only scraps.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 03:12 AM

Nice Box- spline color can be tricky- I have had them almost disappear.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 12:24 PM

I love building humidors large and small. you have done a nice job. fyi you can also use regular mahogany for the liner of the humidor. the red cedar is very nice but it may impart a not so nice flavor to those very nice cohibas you have in there. the dry mistat you are getting for humidification will work well , but make sure you prime with distilled water first or all the humidity in the tube beads will go to the wood and not those cigars.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 03:16 PM

Thanks for the tip about the mahogany, Bob. I thought I read something which said that red cedar was a viable alternative. In your opinion, is red Cedar more on the” not ideal” end of the spectrum or the “your cigars will taste like crap” end?

Don’t worry, I am definitely planning to prime it before use. It just didn’t seem like I could take pictures of it without putting cigars in :-)

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 03:27 PM

To be honest, I’m not a big time cigar smoker. The Cohibas were a gift, and unfortunately they are very dried out. I’m going to have to try to revive them before use.

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 06:14 PM

Nice looking humidor.

In regards to QSWO:
I use 1 coat of 2lb cut shellac, light sanding then coat with a stain like Brown mahogany.
Then top coat with your favorite finish.

It really makes the rays in the QSWO pop.

Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 06-02-2014 03:35 PM

Bigkahuna, thanks for sharing. A wash coat makes a lot of sense. I didn’t really want to mess with stains because of the maple but I will probably try that next time.

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