Two Humidors

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Project by Lenny posted 12-10-2019 07:22 PM 1303 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother Jim is a cigar smoker. Recently, while looking through an old issue of Wood magazine (#237 Dec 2015/Jan 2016), a humidor build caught my eye. I thought of making one for Jim. Then I thought, why not ask Jim if he would like to make one with me! We live in the same city but don’t see each other nearly enough. I figured this was a way to get together more often. Then, I had another epiphany. Jim’s best friend Tom also smokes cigars. I thought, why not build two so Jim could present his buddy with one. Jim was game and so in late September we started working in my shop, putting in 2 hours or so, about twice per week and we completed the humidors the day before Thanksgiving.
The humidors (boxes) are made from walnut with Spanish cedar for the lining and trays. Up to three trays will fit in the boxes; we made two for each box. We pretty much stuck to the plans laid out in the magazine, including use of quadrant hinges. The boxes measure out at 15-1/4 inches across by 11-1/2 inches front to back by 7-1/2 inches tall. The lid consists of an MDF substrate sandwiched between walnut veneer which we made ourselves. The plans called for a 4-way bookmatch on the lid but I screwed that up and with no extra stock to work with, we went with a two-way bookmatch. We milled our own moldings for the base and to surround the lid. I mentioned quadrant hinges. I finally got to use my Rockler Jig-It Hinge Mortising System purchased some time ago. The results on one box were perfect. On the other, we somehow ended up with the lid being just under an 1/8 inch askew from the box. I chalk this up to user error although I believe we followed directions precisely and I expected the jig to be pretty full proof. I did what woodworkers do and remedied the “error” with some creative sanding. The finish is three coats of aerosol shellac, two coats of aerosol satin lacquer followed by an application of Howard’s Feed N Wax.
Jim demonstrates a keen interest in the hobby, asks great questions and, from time to time, suggested a way to accomplish a task I didn’t think of! He learned how to process rough lumber to S4S, how to resaw stock so as to have continuous grain around the entire box. He used the table saw, band saw, jointer, drill press, routers (both hand held and table mounted), the miter saw, belt/disc sander, etc. Like a typical woodworker, a big grin came across his face as the first coat of finish was applied to the beautiful walnut.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 12-10-2019 07:28 PM

Great humidors!
How very cool that you and your brother worked on them both together.
I especially like the custom molding and the trays and the walnut is great.
I bet your brother starts hanging around your shop more often.

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#2 posted 12-10-2019 07:34 PM

I don’t like smoking, but this humidors are great.


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#3 posted 12-10-2019 07:40 PM

Beautiful humidors. A really great way to go about it too – getting your brother involved so you can spend more time together. Nice all the way around!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 12-10-2019 07:46 PM

Great looking humidor, beautiful work on these. I’m sure that Jim’s friend will be very pleased with his.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 12-10-2019 08:48 PM

Good story. What a great way to have bonding time.

The humidors turned out great.

Have a great Christmas.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 12-10-2019 10:39 PM

nice humidors and a nice time spent together,which most of us just dont get enough of these days.great job boys.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-10-2019 11:06 PM

Those are really great and your story really compliments the project. Your wood selection is fantastic. I have got to learn how to install those hinges. They have to the best out there.

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#8 posted 12-11-2019 01:37 AM

Makes me want to take up smoking cigars.

Nice humidors.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 12-11-2019 08:21 AM

Great looking boxes.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#10 posted 12-11-2019 09:23 AM

Awesome humidors, Lenny. Great story to go with them.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-11-2019 10:37 AM

Nice story. Nice work too!

-- Petey

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#12 posted 12-11-2019 06:03 PM

GREAT JOB as usual. I am not sure what I enjoy most, seeing your finished projects or ready the stories behind them. Now that you have experience with veneer we will have to get you into marquetry.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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