Mahogany Humidor

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Project by Corwyn posted 10-29-2008 02:13 PM 4385 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these humidors for my boss at work. This was my first time making a humidor. Top is curly Honduras Mahogany, sides made out of South American mahogany, banding done in curly black walnut. Finished it with shellac only, colored the wood with potassium dichromate. The inside and shelf are made out of Spanish cedar. I was just asked to make 6 more.
Please let me know what you think.


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#1 posted 10-29-2008 02:23 PM

They are very very beautiful.
You are using quadrant hinges, are they easy to install?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 03:06 PM


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

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 03:22 PM

Top of the form! This is very exacting woodworking and extremely beautiful. I have made one humidor, long ago and I can see how much great work went into this.
That book-matched top is glorious. The angled slats are a cool touch. You did a great job on the hinges and the humidor lock. I’d be interested in hearing more from you about the Potassium Dichromate. Favorited!

Just to answer woodworm, quads are difficult. I purchased a jig from Beall Tools to install mine. Digging out a deep pocket centered in a narrow mortise in both top and bottom is a bit hair-raising.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 04:32 PM

Thank you Douglas for the answer and the link.
I asked that question cos I bought few pairs of 30mm X 9mm mainly for sampling. Looking at the size is enough to make me scared trying to use ‘em.


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 07:14 PM

Nice work, fantastic looking piece!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 07:19 PM

Wow, what a nice piece! Great attention to detail and I love the finish!

-- Regards, Norm

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#7 posted 10-29-2008 07:32 PM

Beautiful work. I also like your choice of wood.
The finish appears second to none.
Thanks for sharing.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 07:45 PM

Really nice. I recently completed a humidor for my boss too. They are fun to make. These are beautifully done.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 10-29-2008 10:25 PM

very nicely done. They look great.

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#10 posted 10-30-2008 01:30 AM

Very Nice! Great looking wood grain & color.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 10-30-2008 02:09 PM

Thanks for all the great comments, I really enjoyed this project. I have 6 more on the way and I will be sure to post pictures.
I did use quadrant hinges, they were a little hard to install. I hand chiseled the mortises for them and the locks (was a little scared to use a router or anything). I bought them from Lee Valley for under $10 and they worked great.
Thanks again for all that favorite. I guess I will have to start posting more of my work.


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#12 posted 11-01-2008 12:40 AM

Great work – thanks for the post. I’m about to make some boxes using quadrant hinges, so I was interested to read your comments. Seems there are huge price variances in these hinges. Like Douglas I’d be interested to learn more about the potassium dichromate process.

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#13 posted 05-12-2015 08:51 PM

very nice! where did you get the hardware from?

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