Humidor in the making

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Project by Bill Cowan posted 03-12-2007 12:36 AM 5459 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a Humidor I started the other day. Kind of looks real simple here, but it will be far from it when i’m done in a week or so. The sides are Jatoba, Maple guides and inlays, Wenge’ lid frame with crowning and maple medallion. It’ll have a fancy snancy (is that a word) locking mechanisim and a mechanical key lock. It will have Spanish Cedar lining on the entire inside. Dang…. I guess I ought to add a kitchen sink :-)

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#1 posted 03-12-2007 12:38 AM

Rolling your own cigars from Wenge?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-12-2007 12:46 AM

Ahhhh…..the key to all puzzles is the work in process pic that slipped in…

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#3 posted 03-12-2007 12:58 AM

well now.. isn’t this interesting.
where does the kitchen sink fit?? :)
I hope you will share more pix of this

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 03-12-2007 05:49 PM

Nice humidor and great pictures of the process. I’ve thought of making one of these for my wife’s boss, but realized that there is more to it than making a nice box. I look forward to your updates.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 03-13-2007 12:25 AM

Wow! – but coming from you, my friend, I’m not surprised, just impressed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 03-13-2007 02:18 AM

Thanks All. – Although the final work will be recognized as another accomplished boxmaker, I’m working from something I saw, and took his ideas and am making this humidor. It’d be easier if I had measured drawings, but as it is, this one is moving along with a scratch on the head here, story recording here and there, a couple of ooops, and hopefully something useful, artistic and nice looking when I’m done.

The next pic on this one will be the completed project.

Thanks again.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 03:01 AM

OK, Here’s a few more pics of the work in process. Lot’s left to do on the lid /lever mechanisim. And lots of sanding. (I hate that step)

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 12:01 PM

On the top of the box I’ve got to add a little platform matbe 3×4 inches with some artistic design that will take it off of the surface of the lid about 3 inches high. This will hold a little cradle and cylinder bored out with a 1/4 inch hole to accept a piston attached to the lever arm.

So to open the bugger, you’ll need to push the lever which will disenage from the maple pin you see in the third photo. Then you can lift the lid (provided you unlocked the lock that I mortised in as you can see in the third photo.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#9 posted 07-22-2007 05:10 AM

that is one incredible box!!! how do you keep the moisture out of something like this? and that lock mechanism is truly amazing, i love the complexity of it. great work.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#10 posted 07-22-2007 03:48 PM

Thanks. The inside is lined with Spansih Cedar and detailed so that when the lid shuts there’s a tight seal.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#11 posted 07-23-2007 10:04 PM

Neat box. I like the detail that your providing with the posts.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 08-20-2007 03:34 AM

ok … now wheres the finished product ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 01-17-2008 08:05 PM

Keep us updated on the locking mechanisim. I build puzzles and love to see different locking mechanisims.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#14 posted 02-28-2020 10:57 PM

Uh oh, looks like you’ve been “slimed” by woodwork!

Don’t forget the hydrometer!

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