Second Humidor

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Project by Steve O posted 11-11-2012 07:41 PM 2206 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever have one of those projects that started with a good idea (at least on paper), but one obstacle after another rises up to make you question your skills? This is one of those boxes.

After struggling with how to make the lid, the box itself sat around the shop for a year. Then I finally said “what the heck, it’s only wood” and pushed on with the lid. Bad choice. The mitered picture frame perimeter was a challenge ‘cause all of my tools are second hand or hand-me-downs that make tight miters a difficult task. Then the first panel just looked awful. Which I couldn’t understand – it looked so good on paper! So then the box and the buggered-up lid sat around the shop for another year.

So, I fixed the double hung window in my son’s room and I removed the piece of wood he’d been using to prop the window open. It had some interesting waviness to it, but a significant twist. When I got it planed flat it was beautiful and I thought about the lid. But it wasn’t big enough so I ripped it and reassembled it with some judicious use of mahogany from the box scraps to make a “leaded window” effect and coved the edges to mirror the underside of the lid frame. So now it has the aspect of a window looking at rippling waters. And the groove in the lid nicely houses the lip of spanish cedar and gives a satisfying sound not unlike closing a car door. So far it’s been easily holding 72% humidity here in bone dry Central Oregon.

It’s also my first attempt at using wipe on polyurethane and I will never go back to brushing on poly! Finished it off with a brown paper bag rub-down and it is as smooth as a baby’s butt!. I may have to take up smoking cigars so I can fully appreciate this gem.

Thanks for looking and for your constructive criticism.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 08:51 PM

Wow, I think that box came out great. I love the lid. “with patience, great things will come” Excellent box!

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 09:35 PM

Great design. Very nice construct.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 09:48 PM

This is a fabulous humidor,I really like the top, the design just screams 1st class.
Is the inside “Spanish cedar” I read a story about a well know woodworker making a bunch of great looking humidors and selling them for high dollar only to find out that Spanish cedar he had,had to be steamed to make a useful humidor and that had not been done. This was something the supplier of the wood had not done and ultimately had to pay the woodworker for his time and his customers for there loss of their very expensive cigars.


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#4 posted 11-12-2012 01:03 AM

Waaaaaaaaaaay better than mine. Excellent job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 02:13 PM

That came out beautifully! The process may have been painful, and the “design modifications” posted by the real box, moved your imagined or ideal box away from plan. But you came to a great end, and that takes craft. Bravo!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:59 PM

I have at least three boxes waiting for me.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 01:54 AM

great looking humidor.
how about a pic with it full of La Gloria’s??

-- If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 04:33 AM


Good idea! Send over all you’ve got. ;-)

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 12:14 AM

Well done. That is a spectacular stogie keeper

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