Cigar boxes

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Project by Rick posted 08-19-2010 04:11 PM 2451 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My local cigar shop owner asked if I could make him 100 or so boxes that he could sell his cigars in. He orders his cigars straight from the source and puts his own labels on them. So he wanted his own boxes.
I was able to make 110 of these from 5 sheets of 4×8 birch veneer ply. Made a lot of saw dust that day.

Each lid has a small routed groove in it for your thumb to grab onto.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 04:21 PM

Sweet. That’s a big lot-o boxes. Good for you.

What is the size, finish, and quantity holding capacity?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 04:25 PM

Well, that was a nice job to have been given. I hope that you came out ok and that everything went well. It’s nice to know that people still need things like this without using imports from China or somewhere. They are very nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 04:38 PM

Thanks guys. Ya it did feel nice to be needed.

Steve, I didn’t put any finish on them. He didn’t want them finished plus he wanted to keep the final price as low as possible. Boxes are 7.75×4.375×4.375 I think he said he can get about 20 churchill sized cigars in there.

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 04:52 PM

Great Job! That’s the way to do it!
I bet he was pleased with them!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 05:01 PM

I hope you got a few cigars along with the payment, those are some sweet boxes!

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 05:28 PM

Very cool project! Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 06:37 PM

Wow, over a hundred! That is alot of boxes, it is good to do something like this once in a while. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 09:40 PM

Wonderful project, and so wonderful that there are people like him.

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

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 02:28 AM

lots of work but it looks good!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 08-21-2010 09:30 PM

Nice boxes. It looks like you used a rabbet joint on the corners. What holds it together? Did you use glue? If so, what kind? Did you build something to hold the pieces together? I can’t imagine clamping over 100 boxes. No body has that many clamps! Did you use any fasteners? brads or staples?

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 02:20 PM

Yes the glue ups were a pain. All I used was glue. I made a jig that helped me quickly clamp 4 boxes together and keep pressure on all joints. I’d leave them in for 12 minutes then remove them and move on. 12 minutes was enough time for the glue to hold these little box joints together and stay together.

I attempted to use my pin nailer, in addition to the glue, but they didn’t hold the joints very well. I had to use the clamping jig.

I would include a picture of the clamping jig but I didn’t take any and I gave it to the cigar guy so that he could do it next time instead of paying me to do them.

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