First project humidor

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Project by joeBlowFromWindyCity posted 12-15-2009 05:16 AM 2528 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been lurking around here for a while, reading and looking at projects. I figured it’s about time I should join LJ at least so I have a place to post my work ;)

So… Here’s the story, I started my first project a few weeks ago for Christmas for my step father. I wanted to get him a humidor for Christmas but everything I found out in the stores was cheap and made overseas. I figured I could do better, so I gave it a shot. I wandered through the projects on here and I loved the look of edge banding, so I drew up what I wanted to do in sketchup and here’s what I came up with.

The box is made of cherry, the edge banding is black walnut. The inside is lined with Spanish cedar, and I included a humidifier and a hygrometer. The finish was done down to 600 grit sand paper, finished with 5 coats of tongue oil using 0000 steel wool in between coats. The last step was 2 coats of Minwax finishing paste.

And… Yes, that’s my boy. He helped with pretty much the entire project and he loves working with dad. This is our first project so please be kind.

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 05:21 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. You have done a great job with the humidor and I look forward to your future projects. The boy has the cigar thing down, next is the router!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 05:24 AM

nice box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 05:31 AM


This is a pretty ambitious box for a first project. You did a fantastic job. I’ve been making boxes for a while, and those quadrant hinges still give me hell.

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

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 05:31 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 06:35 AM

Beautiful humidor, I agree with Charlie, very ambitious for a first.
I like the edge banding and you did a wonderful job with the quadrants.

You’re father in law is really going to enjoy it, that is if you can get it away from your son !!!!

Enjoy and a big welcome to LJ’s…..............

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 12-15-2009 07:26 AM

Fantastic first project. Great design and build. Wood choices go whell together. The Walnut makes a good accent on this piece.

Welcome to LJ’s Looking forward to many more postings.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 08:16 AM

Great work looks very good.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 04:08 PM

I love the box. I’ve contemplated making a cigar box before. I’ll add this to my favorites to help push me along next time I look at it. I also love the quadrant hinges. I put them on one box I made. They were the hardest part of the box. It would have been easier if I’d purchased higher quality hinges though. Next time I’ll get a pair from woodcraft rather than rockler. The woodcraft quadrant hinges seem to be more symetrical with higher tollerances.

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#9 posted 12-15-2009 04:58 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Mr. Blow. Beautiful Box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-15-2009 06:53 PM

Graet job – even mitred corners on the edge banding. Alot of people use wenge for the banding because you don’t have to bother with mitreing

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#11 posted 12-15-2009 07:33 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Nice humidor.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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