A couple humidors

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Project by SheriDi posted 09-16-2010 12:02 AM 3041 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built two of these with the hope that at least one would turn out good. Both are veneered Spanish Cedar. The first is Pommele Sapele with Wenge, and the second is Waterfall Bubinga with Purpleheart.

Finishing for me was, as usual, a painful process. I’d give just about anything to be able to do a mind meld with Bob Flexner et al. Until then I’ll continue to experiment. The sapele box is finished with 3 coats Watco oil applied with increasingly finer sandpaper. After that I applied Liberon wax which just did not do it justice. So I removed the wax with mineral spirits, and took the advice in one of my latest woodworking magazines (not sure which), and applied several coats of shellac and rubbed it out with mineral spirits and 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 grit Abralon pads. While my technique surely needs some practice and fine tuning, and I think next time I’ll try to spray the shellac, I’m really pleased with how this humidor looks. For now this is my favorite finish.

The Bubinga humidor was a guinea pig for spraying a finish. This was my first foray into HVLP spraying and while it definitely has it’s advantages, I’m going to have to practice some more. I can see doing most of my finishing with an HVLP sprayer in the future. It is several coats of precatalyzed lacquer, which I let cure for 2 weeks and then rubbed out the same as above. It came out pretty good too, but the finish does not have that glass fell like the shellac finish does, and it appears to be cracking. I can’t feel the cracks but I can see them in the right light.

Basic joinery and all in all a pretty basic project until I got to the hinges. What a PIA!!! Now that they are in though, I’m glad I spent the money and time and headaches to install them.

Thanks for looking!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 12:30 AM

they both look really good from here!like the shot of the gleaming top on one the pieces. Lovely work!

-- shavins

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 12:42 AM

Definitely something to be proud of! Beautiful!


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#3 posted 09-16-2010 12:55 AM

Superb workmanship. And your finishing is just beautiful!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 12:59 AM

Beautiful wood, great project.

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#5 posted 09-16-2010 01:29 AM

beautiful work. combination of craftsmanship, wood selection, and finish combined to really make these boxes outstanding.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 09-16-2010 01:29 AM

Those are two beautiful projects!
Very Very Nice! Thanks for sharing them and your story.

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

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#7 posted 09-16-2010 02:20 AM

Wow! If there’s something wrong with that finish, I’d sure like to know what it is! Beautiful work!


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#8 posted 09-16-2010 02:25 AM

You are your own worst critic… as I am Mine… feel proud that you have accomplished something most people aspire to…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 09-16-2010 02:28 AM

Beautiful Grain, Great Craftsmanship, what is your substrate?

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#10 posted 09-16-2010 02:51 AM

You can send either of them my way, they both look gorgeous to me !

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 09-16-2010 04:06 AM

Thanks all for the kind comments, and yes degoose aren’t we all our own worst critics?

Deucefour, the substrate is Spanish Cedar.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#12 posted 09-16-2010 01:39 PM

The stunning appeal of Sapele Pommele, is only seconded by Elm burl. in my opinion, your finishing techniques are up there with the best of us , LJs. (not that I’m included) I’m a few dollars short of owning a HVLP spray system, but before I begin to use it on completed projects, I plan on spraying anything and everything, to practice every aspect of the process. (Just don’t get carried away and spray the cat to stop shedding and hairballs). I would be proud to own any of your projects. Great post.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 09-16-2010 02:03 PM

These are two beautiful boxes. Superb woods and the time and effort you spent on the finishing has more than paid off. This post has made my day a whole lot better.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 09-16-2010 02:15 PM

Those look fantastic.
You have truly inspired me. I can only hope to make something that nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 09-16-2010 02:23 PM

Thank you for sharing. The boxes look great. I think the finish looks very good. I just started sampling different woods with a oil and shellac. I am now going to try with the pommele sapele for my next project.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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