• Advertise with us
Project by childress posted 07-13-2011 07:16 PM 4667 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new humidor I built for myself. It’s been done for a while now, that’s why it’s filled with sticks! I finally got around to having my photographer snap some quality pics and he wanted to leave the cigars in the shots…

It’s made from red birch and walnut. Finished with a base coat of shellac inside and out and then lined with spanish cedar and finished with a homemade varnish on the outside.

A couple of things done different with this humidor is the bottom is 3/4” solid granite and I lined the sides and lid with solid foam insulation. All this was done in an effort to keep the temperature regulated inside better. However, it didn’t work quite as well a I had hoped, only keeping the temp down on avg. 1&1/2* lower than my other humidor. Oh well, wouldn’t have known if I didn’t try, right?

I also made a small box for the Humidity beads (which keep it at 65%) and used it as a divider also

-- Childress Woodworks

15 comments so far

View Sawdust and Steel's profile

Sawdust and Steel

15 posts in 3816 days

#1 posted 07-13-2011 07:24 PM

Nice work!!!

-- Rex Roberson, Southern California

View interpim's profile


1170 posts in 4430 days

#2 posted 07-13-2011 07:41 PM

great looking Humidor Eric… I’m actually back out in San Diego this week, and will be moving back in October. We are going to have to get together and smoke some cigars and talk woodworking when I get out here officially. Hope you and the family are doing great.


-- San Diego, CA

View childress's profile


841 posts in 4513 days

#3 posted 07-13-2011 08:00 PM

Thanks Rex!

Yes Robert, would love to. Looking forward to it!

-- Childress Woodworks

View LittlePaw's profile


1572 posts in 4049 days

#4 posted 07-13-2011 08:21 PM

That is one gorgeous box; bet it weighs a ton!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

View dub560's profile


615 posts in 3884 days

#5 posted 07-13-2011 08:42 PM

you do boxes that is nice

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

View ic3ss's profile


399 posts in 3748 days

#6 posted 07-13-2011 10:11 PM

I never thought of using granite, nice idea. The stogies will be happy in there.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

View Sodabowski's profile


2393 posts in 3804 days

#7 posted 07-13-2011 11:34 PM

Dude… Insulation foam is absolutely okay. But a compact stone like granite??? it does the absolute opposite.

Well I’ll try to explain it in a soft way, I hope not to sound mean because it’s absolutely not the purpose.

[ start of physics geek blah blah ]

Every material has physical properties among which two called calorific conductivity and calorific capacity. They measure the rate at which thermal energy is propagated inside and outside of it, and how much thermal energy it can store, respectively.

Wood has a low thermal conductivity and capacity, that’s why it feels warm to the touch: it doesn’t absorb our heat very well when we touch it and can’t store much either. The same goes for insulation foam, which is even better than wood for that purpose.

On the other side, things like metal, stone, and anything that feels COLD at room temp have HUGE calorific conductivities and capacities, which means that they swallow any heat they can grab, and propagate it at the same fast rate: they very quickly respond to a change in environmental temperature, ie they don’t insulate anything! If you put your hand above a stone slab, at a few millimeters (not touching it), you can feel that it’s cold or hot. With a piece of wood heated at the same temperature, say 50 degrees C, you wouldn’t feel it.

If I get it well, and I think I did, you put the (very nice BTW) stone slab in direct contact with the bottom of the box, and with the air inside the box (without any foam in between, and no, the humidity absorbing beads won’t insulate much thermally speaking).

What you made is a very nice-looking box that has perfect thermal insulation on its sides and a good one on its lid, but with a HUGE thermal well on its bottom. The stone slab itself completely ruins the effort of insulating the whole thing. Even if you modify it by lining it with foam, the resulting thermal barrier would be less good than those of the sides. If you put your box in the freezer, I guarantee you that the inside will freeze way faster than the same box with a bottom made of MDF or wood, or even mere insulating foam.

Fix hint: replace the heavy stone slab with MDF (or plywood) and foam, and use that very fine granite slab for a project where it can be viewed and appreciated to its maximum. It really looks good, as does your box.

[ end of physic geeks blah blah ]

But of course, it’s always a good thing to experiment, learning experiences are what makes us evolve :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

View childress's profile


841 posts in 4513 days

#8 posted 07-14-2011 06:59 AM

Duuuude! well, where the hell were you when I was putting this thing together?!?

On a serious note, thanks for your explanation. I had thought the exact opposite because it always feel cool to the touch. This was just a little piece I had sitting in the corner, so no harm no foul. I won’t be taking it out as the box isn’t any warmer inside than my other. One cool thing though, is I can put a cold pack under the granite and it cools the inside fairly quickly. It’s just a lot a work and bother to do it every day, so I don’t. I am thinking of getting a thermoelectric cooling plate though and playing around with that. I don’t know. I really just needed a new humidor (actually have already grown out of this one) and just wanted to try something “different” and see if it worked.

-- Childress Woodworks

View David Grimes's profile

David Grimes

2080 posts in 3611 days

#9 posted 07-14-2011 08:03 AM

Really, really nice project. I had no idea so much goes into making a humidor.

I’ve been wanting to make one… even have a name chosen: The Lewinsky

Problem is I’m having trouble finding a bathroom door off a tuna boat. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

View WayneC's profile


14359 posts in 5069 days

#10 posted 07-14-2011 09:33 AM

Would a crab boat work?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Ken90712's profile


17919 posts in 4160 days

#11 posted 07-14-2011 10:54 AM

Eric, Whats up bra? Nice project, great craftsmanship no doubt! I think Sodabowski explained that well, but hey what can you do. I’ll call you sometime today (thur afternoon) about Vegas Next week. Turns out we may be able to meet somewhere and drive out together as I need to come back Sat for a party Blondie and I need to attend.

Glad to see you took a break from that big order you have been working on. I just got 75 Cubans a col weeks ago. Be cool talk to you soon.

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

View Sodabowski's profile


2393 posts in 3804 days

#12 posted 07-14-2011 01:42 PM

Duuude, I was selling brass hardware in hell, I guess ;p

(I’ll tell you guys, the BHV feels like hell these days, the air conditionning is no longer strong enough to do its job, and I’m constantly melting and almost suffocating)

The idea of the cold pack sounds good, I wish I could come over with some too, but that’s quite a trip from France ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

View David Grimes's profile

David Grimes

2080 posts in 3611 days

#13 posted 07-14-2011 06:24 PM

@WayneC, I don’t know. Do crabs stink ? ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3838 days

#14 posted 07-14-2011 10:47 PM

I enjoyed the photos a lot and I think that you did a great job on the box. I’m actually thinking about boxes right now for a different purpose. Sooooo thanks for posting this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View itsmic's profile


1419 posts in 4090 days

#15 posted 07-16-2011 12:30 AM

Very Nice, Love the Granite, sham it does not work as well as you wanted, it must really give it the nice and heavy feel, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics