Humidor for the EOD memorial last year

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 04-22-2011 06:03 PM 2452 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this Project after losing several EOD (Bomb Disposal) friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. I worked on it off and on for about six months and felt that I really needed to do my best. Not having done anything like this before I studied everything I could find on humidors and boxes. I had the idea but my skills were lacking when it came to making the EOD badge for the top. I took it slow and only ran into a real problem when I tried getting the wreaths right, these had to be perfect since they are representing our fallen EOD soldiers. I trashed my first three attempt and I will not show pictures of those attempts suffice it to say they were embarassing, I finally decided on inlaying the pieces with mahogany veneer each leaf on the large wreath is two pieces with the grain running up and out at about 30 degrees. I also made the stars with mahogany and alder in each point; this was much harder than the voice in my head made it sound. The completed badge included 134 pieces. I also drilled each corner joint and glued dowels in to strengthen the joint. I included two upper trays, one without vent slots in case the buyer doesn’t smoke cigars. I used quadrant hinges for the lid, this is also a lot tougher than I thought, but was well worth it. I used Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, Mahogany (veneer), Maple (veneer), Alder, Cherry, Black Walnut, Spanish cedar (inside liner and tray), and White oak. The humidor was donated to the EOD memorial and will be auctioned off at the end of March. I learned a lot making this such as turning the legs (this was the first time I used a lathe and there were several failures), Box joints on the trays (these went surprisingly well), and quadrant hinges (I still get a slight chill, but I’m able to sleep lately).

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 06:13 PM

No apologies necessary here! We are all your brothers and sisters. God bless our military men and women. Your handy-work is superb but, not nearly as respected as your service to country. Semper Fi. Thank you.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 06:34 PM

I had it easy during my time, the guys now are really having to live at the sharp end and the memorial fund helps the families that support the decision to put it on the line for our country.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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