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My First Humidor (Ambrosia Maple/Spanish Cedar/Gabon Ebony)

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Project by nashvillenative posted 02-04-2021 06:50 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently got engaged and I gave my groomsmen the option of cutting boards or humidors. Only one requested a humidor so I decided to go all out.

I wanted to go with a wraparound grain pattern but didn’t plan ahead so the front matches one of the sides and vice versa. I’m okay with how that turned out. Wraparound grain is something that takes a LOT foresight. I used miters for the joinery, keyed with splined with ebony.

Hinges are antique brass quadrants from Rockler, didnt want to spring for the Brussos. Happy with how they turned out.

The box itself was pretty straightforward, the most difficult and infuriating aspect was the mitered liner. I ended up having to ripping it out and doing it three times. Eventually settling with cutting them long and trimming them down.

Finished with 3 coats of shellac under 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal gloss.

Dimensions: 11” W x 8” D x 6” T
Materials: Ambrosia Maple/Spanish Cedar/Gabon Ebony
Finish: General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss/Zinsser Dewaxed Shellac
Tools: Table Saw, Router Table, Bandsaw, Planer, Drill Press
Time to Build: 2 Weeks

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"





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dgreen50

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#1 posted 02-04-2021 08:48 PM

Very nice humidor and well executed. I like the wood choices.

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WalNaught

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#2 posted 02-04-2021 09:02 PM

This is great! I like the grain direction choices. It’s tough to find interesting Spanish Cedar but you’ve found some. Very cool. Lucky groomsman.

-- Long time power tool owner, n00b woodworker

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Skylark53

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#3 posted 02-05-2021 02:43 AM

Spalted maple? Nice work and Congratulations!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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teetomterrific

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#4 posted 02-05-2021 03:28 AM

Nicely done. I really like the Ebony accents. The only thing I didn’t like was the screws holding on the lift handle for the top. Contrasting maple dowels would have been a nice additional accent. Still, it is a beautiful box/humidor.

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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nashvillenative

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#5 posted 02-05-2021 05:26 AM

Great, now I can’t NOT see it. Have to back to the lab tomorrow and cut some plugs!


Nicely done. I really like the Ebony accents. The only thing I didn t like was the screws holding on the lift handle for the top. Contrasting maple dowels would have been a nice additional accent. Still, it is a beautiful box/humidor.

- teetomterrific


-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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Cagekkr

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#6 posted 02-05-2021 08:26 PM

I’m digging the box. Good work.

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