Mike's Humidor

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Project by Schwieb posted 03-06-2012 02:15 AM 2873 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an opportunity to venture into a slightly different and specialized woodworking project recently as a return favor for a childhood friend of my wife, Heidi. He wanted a cigar humidor, so I did a little research and learned that the basic idea here is a box that controls humidity; a box inside of a box was the plan. The inside box is best made out of Spanish Cedar and the outside box is supposed to be pretty, usually veneered. I searched on Ebay and found some cedar; then dug around in the shop and found some Mahogany and Brazilian Walnut for the outside box. This was also my first experience with quadrant hinges; these are beautiful hinges but a little bit of a challenge to install. There is no finish on the Spanish Cedar liner, but the outside box has about 10 coats of lacquer and is rubbed out and polished with wax. The center partition is made so it is adjustable. The box is about 12” x 10” x 5” this is about a 40 count cigar humidor size.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 02:21 AM

Looks like a great humidor.


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#2 posted 03-06-2012 02:29 AM

You humidor looks good. I had built a couple of these about 10 yrs ago and sent them to a cigar smoking club in Philly PA. They are a great project. Thanks

-- Dave, W.V.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 02:31 AM

That’s a Great humidor, I am starting to build a humidor myself, but different style. I found a humidor/coffee table online that holds about 160 cigars,( I have never had more than about 70 on hand myself). My wife wanted a coffee table and I wanted a humidor so this is a compromise, plus she saw the table on line and liked the way it look, neither of us liked the price,($600) so she added that to my project list.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 03:14 AM

Nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 06:21 AM

Great looking Humidor Ken – yes quadrants can be tricky but looks like they turned out perfect!

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 10:03 AM

Yep the hinges look perfectly installed :)

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 12:06 PM

I really feel like a big wonderful well stored cigar now! And I dont smoke cigars…
Elegant box, with a touch of calmness, just the right spot for cigars.
Nice work and yes it seems those hinges are fitted perfect.
(Never seen these hinges before, they are really cool).
Best thoughts, hope all is well,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 01:37 PM

Beautiful, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 04:29 PM

Beautiful humidor Ken. I see what you mean about those hinges, they look like a nightmare to install, but you did a great job on them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 08:15 PM

Very nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 09:27 PM

Very nice job Ken. I made a few a while back and I couldn’t agree more on the quadrant hinges. I think I spent almost a full day on them alone!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 11:26 PM

Always wanted to make a humidor. I’ve been making boxes all winter for my Etsy store but haven’t prepared myself to make the humidor yet. That, I’m sure, will take place this year sometime. Yours has enspired me for sure. Love the mahogany and how it all looks. Is this your design or did you build it from a plan? Looking at your posted projects… you’ve made some really neat and varied bunch of “stuff”.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#13 posted 03-07-2012 06:36 AM

Very handsome design

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#14 posted 03-07-2012 02:10 PM

Great Job Doc…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 03-08-2012 03:47 PM

very nice , i love making humidors, lee valley has rear surface mount stop hinges that are nice for humidors as well and install in a snap.

-- rob, ont,canada

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