Cigar Humidor

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Project by IowaWoodcrafter posted 09-28-2010 04:20 PM 2046 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that had a lot of firsts for me. This is the first fully enclosed box I’ve ever made. This is the first time of done any veneering. I cut my own veneer for this project. I did bookmatching on all four sides. I did four way bookmatching on the top. This the first time I’ve used quadrant hinges. The first time I’ve used mitered corners. This project took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m just glad I was making this for myself otherwise I would not have made any money. Overall I am satisfied with the way it turned out. At least I know what NOT to do if I ever make another one.

The curve in the top of the box is an optical illusion from my camera.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 05:22 PM

So nice work you have done.
Do you smoke?
This humid thing in the lit, how does that work?
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 05:47 PM

Nice humidor, you have built. Congrats on all the firsts that you have accomplished. I have a humidor as well just filled it with cubans about 2 weeks ago. Look fwd to seeing more in the future.

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

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 07:28 PM

Makes me wish I smoked cigars!


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#4 posted 09-28-2010 07:42 PM

So many “firsts” so well executed. I’m sure future ones will go more quickly. But then again, what’s more important, the journey or the destination? Amazing work Owen and thanks for posting it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 11:12 PM

Very Nice box. A challenge indeed well done.

I wish my camera could do such illusions. lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 01:41 AM

Great job!! a humidor is on my list of “to do” projects.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 08:47 AM

Good looking box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 09:57 PM


I feel I did a much better job on the sides than I did on the top. I learned to cut the veneer at an angle so the two edges would slide under each other. I plan on improving the finish at a later time. I’ve never done hand rubbed finishes and I didn’t wan’t to risk learning on this project.

On another note, I bought 40 cigars and discovered I need a bigger humidor. This one will barely hold 40. The next one will be at least twice as tall and a little deeper. I guess it’s time to start another one.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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