Completed Humidor

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Project by lew posted 06-13-2015 04:40 PM 2442 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in April, I asked the Lumberjock Community for some input on making a humidor. I received lots of great ideas and suggestions. Taking it all to heart, I came up with this.

The design/materials of the humidor were dictated by the customer. The walnut was supplied by the customer, as well. Everything is solid walnut except for the back, which is MDF laminated with a heavy walnut veneer. I tried to keep the interior metal to a minimum because of the high humidity. The lining is Spanish cedar planed to 1/4” thick. Interior drawer/storage is Spanish cedar also. All glue was TiteBondIII.

the liner extends slightly proud of the front of the case to create a surface for sealing the openings. The door/drawer have dados around the perimeters and these contain a foam seal. I cannot take credit for this part of the design. LJ member AlaskaBob pointed me to this information

To maintain the seal, I used a lock on the door and ball catches on the drawer. As per the LJ consensus, there is no finish inside the “chamber”. The outside is finished with Watco Danish Oil and BriWax. The glass is sealed with clear silicon. There are wooded strips pin nailed as trim and to allow for removal if the glass is broken.

All of the drawer/storage boxes are made with hand cut dovetails. The drawer front is connected to the drawer box with sliding dovetails.

The cabriole legs were a first for me. Man, those things take a lot of sanding!

Thanks for all of the help on this!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 06-13-2015 04:57 PM

Well done Lew.
That came out really nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 06-13-2015 05:59 PM

truly amazing. all the details and new things you learned. looks really beautiful and I am sure the customer is happy. Retirement is good. My annual semi-retirement started this week…ahhhh….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-13-2015 07:44 PM

great looking piece, really good work.

-- Smitty!!!

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 06-13-2015 07:58 PM

I like your legs. ( -:

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 06-13-2015 08:08 PM

A beautiful and well done job. Love it as I sure your customer will too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 06-13-2015 10:48 PM

Fantastic work Lew. A truly cool piece.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 12:01 AM

boy howdy lew, this is a beauty, i love those legs, the whole design is super, you did a really great job, you could master these by selling a line of humidors, lews humidors…great job lew…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-14-2015 12:02 AM

A great job on the build

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 01:00 AM

Great looking humidor! You seem to have hit all the right notes, from technical details, to the styling!

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

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#10 posted 06-14-2015 01:02 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture! It will live on forever!

-- AJ

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#11 posted 06-14-2015 01:43 AM

Beautifully crafted Lew, and it looks like all of your research was well worth it.
Your customer should be delighted.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 06-14-2015 12:24 PM

That is the most amazing Humidor I have ever seen.
Really impressed, so many beautiful details and good work on those sexy legs.
Now I really feel like smoking cigars…
He must be a really happy guy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 06-14-2015 01:41 PM

That is gorgeous. I hope to make one some day.


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#14 posted 06-14-2015 02:18 PM

Wow.. Incredible piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#15 posted 06-14-2015 03:23 PM

Now, if you could parley that talent into a bigger business, you might retire into your hobby!!! And all you have to do is take a look at degoose’s shop to see what that might do for your shop….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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