Curly Maple and Walnut Humidor

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Project by Scott C. posted 06-16-2013 03:36 PM 3942 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid walnut and curly maple with spanish cedar liner, finished with about 5-6 coats of Arm-R-Seal and Swilleys wax. Wedding present for my brother-in-law. Lost the keyhole cover when I tried to grind the back end down (shoot off like a bullet somewhere into the abyss). Replaced it with a spare knock down hardware nut that ended up working really well. Haven’t made a bezel for the humidifier and hygrometer as I mistakenly bought a 75% humidifier, the owner likes his at 65% so I going to see if I can swap out the beads first.

I hate quadrant hinges and will avoid them at all costs in the future. It seems odd that you can buy a pretty decent quality quadrant hinge for 6 bucks a pair, but no one sells a stopped butt hinge of decent quality aside from the super expensive Brusso level hinges. I found some cheap stopped butts on ebay but they are pretty flimsy, not sure if they will get used for any nicer projects.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 05:02 PM

A beautiful humidor Scott….the wood is really pretty…great job….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 07:52 PM

Great looking and excellent hardware install.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 12:57 AM

A VERY skillful job! This is not a simple box by any means.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 04:03 AM

I like the contrast of the woods. Nice work!

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#5 posted 06-17-2013 10:43 AM

Great looking box.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#6 posted 06-17-2013 01:39 PM

Beautiful project that will become an heirloom. I love the contrasting colours and echo a previous comment that this would not have been simple to build.

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 01:54 PM

Thanks guys! My main difficulty was that my planer was out of whack and I didn’t realize how bad it was until about half way through, after already milling the cedar it caused some questionable fit for the liner, but it ended up sealing well enough.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 02:21 AM

Quadrant hinges are a challenge, but with careful fabrication of a router jig and drill press, they can be very predictable and look really nice. I’ve built several special boxes and a couple of humidors. I appreciate the challenge they present. Good work!

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

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#9 posted 06-19-2013 04:29 PM

Lovely humidor! Simple and neat design but the wood choices are just gorgeous, has a very nice contrast. Well done!

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 01:38 AM


Great work! I am planning on building a humidor soon, have been doing some research on it. How did you fabricate the top? Is it veneer? If not how did you account for wood movement?
I am trying to figure out the design on mine and am worried about wood movement with a solid wood top, looking for some input from people with experience. Thanks.

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