My first humidor

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Project by eugene54 posted 11-16-2011 08:05 PM 2239 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend just had a 40th birthday. I made a humidor for him. This was my first humidor, first attempt at resawing and first veneering project. I could improve my veneering skills a lot.

Spanish cedar body, bubinga veneer, wenge inlay, floating spanish cedar liner.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 08:46 PM

Nice looking box, I like it. Hopefully he will enjoy it.

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 09:37 PM

Wow! That is a great looking project.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 11:27 PM

I’d say the veneering looks great. Well done.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 11:50 PM

Every step of the way I was nervous I was going to mess it up and have to chuck the project. The last bit, installing the hinges, had me thinking I should just give it to him without hinges….

The veneer has a couple of bubbles…I need to improve my pressing method (MDF, cauls and clamps for now)

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 12:19 AM

I hear you brother. 10-15 hours into a project you definitely do not want to make a boo boo.
Measure twice cut once – think about it several times and act on it.

Have a look at the “Smart Hinge” from the UK. Very simple to install and undisputed quality. A whole lot easier than the Brusso Hinges which are nice but difficult to install.

-- I was married by a judge.....I should have asked for a Jury

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 12:46 AM

Those hinges look good. Just a bit expensive. But, if it saves time, and heartache, probably worth it. Thank you for the reference.

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 01:28 AM

Looks like you are well on your way to being a first class box maker! You say you had a bit of trouble with bubbles… Are you using a pad over the veneer when you’re pressing? If not, you may find that it eliminates your bubbling problem. Some rubberized router pads work fine, but my personal favorite is 3/8” thick jute rug pad. Glue, veneer, piece of xerox paper to control any bleed-through, then the pad, then into the press (or cauls). Works every time. Veneer is wonderful stuff to work with. Nice looking box. Hope to see more from you.

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

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 03:32 AM

Looks good to me! Well done on your first attempt. I’m sure friend is going to love it… I know I would…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 03:32 AM

Sharp looking box! Keep up the effort working with veneers.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 03:53 AM

Thank you all for your encouraging words. I have several more on my ‘to make list’. Putting together an order for some more figured veneers now.

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 08:45 AM

Very nice Eugene – clean and crisp lines.

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 02:48 PM

Very nice humidor, The “Smart Hinge” looks to be a good lternative to the quadrant hinge but they’re in high demand and currently behind on production. I was going toinstall on a humidor I building now but couldn’t wait two weeks for a pair. I think I’ll order them for the next one.


-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?"

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 03:45 PM

Excellent job. IMO, inlaid corners really add a lot to a box.

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

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 05:59 PM

Nice work. Part of any project is how you look back and say “I wish I had done this or that”. We are of course our own worst critic. But most people do not have a fine eye for perfection and just see the overall completed project and say WOW. This is the moment we treasure the most.

Being a cigar smoker myself one of my many projects is a camouflaged humidor. Like the jellybeans I stashed, and my kids found, those that come over always see the humidor and want to smoke a cigar. Call me selfish but I enjoy my cigars and woodworking, ......alone. I am thinking of gluing a few cheap screwdrivers and such to the top and hiding the thing in a drawer. So many ideas, so little time off from work!

Excellent project and get started on the next great project!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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