First cigar humidor Padauk and Maple

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Project by deerslayer_13 posted 06-06-2012 06:43 PM 5818 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for a a client that is giving it away as a gift. Padauk with maple edge banding and cedar lined. I love the finished look of padauk, but sanding it was messy! The saw dust stained my clothes and some of them have a nice pink hue to them now. (note to self, wear dark clothes next time) Oh well, it was a fun learning project. The lid has a nice tight seal, it should hold a good humidity level.

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 07:34 PM

Nice humidor. Padauk is a very nice looking wood but messy. I also permanently stained several shirts sanding Padauk and some other woods before I started wearing a shop apron. Years back I started going to the local thrift store to purchase shirts for around $3 that I can wear exclusively in my shop.

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 09:26 PM

I have shop clothes and nice clothes. There are times I change several times a day. I just call the stains character. LOL

But enough about me,

That is a fine looking humidor, I am sure many cigars will make it a happy home in the future. At least until they meet their fiery end.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 07:07 PM

Very Nice, Beautiful Box, well made, Great proportions and style, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 07:25 PM

Very nice. I have worked a lot with Padauk and have learned a lot of hard lessons.
1st. it will bleed onto maple on occasion.
2nd, sometimes you can have a problem with oil based finishes not curing well (will get gummy), I always put a seal coat of shellac on it now.
3. if you finish with shellac, the color can release into the finish especially if you are brushing or padding it on. Spraying is a good option.
Last but not least…. the dust can start to cause allergic reactions, it now will start to give me a slight rash and itching. Be sure to use a dust mask or have very good dust collection on your tools. I too love the look of Padauk, especially how it ages to a nice deep color. Keep working with it, just be smart about it and protect yourself and your project. Where did you get your interior hardware?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks for the comments. I think I will try out the shop apron idea. All of the accessories were purchased from, it was an easy one stop shopping and I was able compare reviews and hopefully got some decent stuff.

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 03:32 AM

Thanks for the insperation.Yours is very nicely done. I am making the main box out of cherry and lined with Spanish cedar. You will have to let me know how I did after I get it done. Thanks for posting,

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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