New Sapele Humidor

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Project by Ed Pirnik posted 07-05-2011 10:14 PM 4548 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At long last – I’ve finally completed a new humidor. It’s been tough, what with being a new father – doesn’t leave much time for woodworking (not that I’m complaining).

Anyhow, this one features sapele veneer with wenge edge banding. For the interior divider, I opted to use leather pads on the end grain (see photo) as opposed to the standard green felt that lots of craftsmen use. I gave the leather a nice coat of mink oil and allowed it to cure for a couple of weeks, in order to preserve the leather in the humid environment of the box’s interior.

Much like my previous humidor, this one’s got solid brass side-rail hinges and is of course lined with Spanish cedar – more of the stock I brought home from Cuba a while back (the cedar).

Cheers all!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 10:24 PM

Nice looking humidor Ed. I am about to start some myself.

Well done. I like the wood combination. First class work
Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 07-05-2011 10:35 PM

Beautiful lines, great wood combination, and nice tight construction. You’ve got it all going on this one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 10:36 PM

Very Classy Box, Perfection of style, wood choices, and excellence in craftsmanship, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 10:43 PM

Very elegant. Thanks for the clarification on the cuban CEDAR;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jack Barnhill

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 11:36 PM

It looks like the core material is again Honduran mahogany? The leather pads are very nice, even elegant, touch.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 11:49 PM

Clean and Crisp! The Sapele really gives a 3d appearance! What do think of the Quadrant hinges, as far as mortising and installation?

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 12:04 AM

Amazing and very clean, fantastic!

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

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 12:52 AM

I like the restrained, uncluttered approach, letting the sapele make it’s statement. I also applaud you for using veneer; more LJ’s should give it a try. Nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Ed Pirnik

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 01:00 AM

Hi Dennis: Regarding quadrant hinges – well sure – they’d be a fantastic fix. I choose side-rail hinges simply because they’re a bit easier to install and just as strong. No other particular reason.

Jack – this time I actually used Spanish cedar for the box core if only because it’s a heck of a lot less expensive than Honduran mahogany.

We just filmed a video today at FWW going over the finer points of humidor construction, using this particular box. Should come out at the end of July.

Thanks folks!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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Ed Pirnik

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#10 posted 07-06-2011 01:01 AM

Oh – and Dennis: If I were to do quadrant hinges – I’d probably use Doug Stowe’s method for producing a hinge template for use with a bearing-guided bit. It’s pretty simple – I’ll try and find it on the fw website and post it tomorrow. It’s a great technique to have in your arsenal.

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#11 posted 07-06-2011 01:17 AM

I believe the hinges you used could be considered a “quadrant” hinge as, while they are side rail mounted, they have the quadrant type stop. Side rail hinges are also available without the quadrant, and those have an internal stop and do not require mortising for the quadrant lever. The “L” shaped quadrant hinges are, as you say, considerably more challenging to mount properly. I generally have used the same ones you do, and have found them a good choice, and I actually prefer the look over the L shape hinges. If my terminology is inaccurate perhaps someone will correct me. :-) Just words anyway, the box looks great.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 07-06-2011 02:01 AM

clean, classic & beautirful !!!
Love the wood combination and the superb craftsmanship…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#13 posted 07-06-2011 02:16 AM

great lookin box I love it, I have some sapele veneer myself and a humidor sounds like a good project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#14 posted 07-06-2011 03:14 AM

Very nice looking box, well done. Great veneer job, I like the hinges.

-- Tom D

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Ian Hawthorne

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#15 posted 07-06-2011 08:16 AM

Clean lines – spot on.

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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