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Project by Kade Knight posted 01-16-2014 04:59 PM 2468 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This humidor is the biggest, and I think finest, humidor I have made to date. This was custom designed and ordered by a client of mine. He requested a burl top with darker wood for the carcass. These were the species I came up with…Bubinga for the carcass, chestnut burl for the lid, and sapele edge banding. The box is 17” x 12” x 7.5”. The removable trays are made of sapele for the frame, bubinga finger tabs, and of coarse spanish cedar for the bottom. The trays are finished with danish oil and paste wax in hopes of not imparting any solvent flavor to the cigars stored in this humidor. The box is lined with 1/4” spanish cedar and the dividers in the bottom are removable to customize the size of each compartment. The floor is solid 1/2” granite because it looks cool. This was my first time installing a half-mortise lock and it was much easier than I thought it would be. A sharp set of chisels does wonders. The hinges are Vertex round hinges that have 90 degree stops. These hinges are super easy to install with a 1 3/8” forstner bit. My only advise would be to use different screws than what come with them. The original screws are too short for a heavy lid. The whole humidor is finished with danish oil followed by two coats of shellac and then 8 coats of poly. My initial goal was 4 coats of poly but I would have a blemish, sand and recoat. Blemish sand and recoat. Blemish sand and recoat. Finally I got it right! Anyways, as always I couldn’t have finished this project without all the help of my fellow Lumberjocks. Thanks for all the advise. It was so hard to ship this humidor instead of giving it a home on my dresser lol

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 05:13 PM

Beautiful box!!
I picked up several sets of those hinges and they are great. I too swapped out the screws for longer ones. They are pricey but very easy to install.
Again Very nice box!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 06:16 PM

Beautiful humidor—very nicely crafted and love the interior.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 06:59 PM

that is very fine indeed. kudos!

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 10:58 PM

This is a beautiful humidor. Very nice work. Would you explain the corner joinery of the box and lid? I’ve looked at the pictures, but I’m having some difficulty visualizing what you did. Thank you.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 11:33 PM

Beautiful humidor, beautiful wood and finish….thanks for sharing.

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

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Kade Knight

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 12:07 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone! Michael, I basically followed the guidelines of this plan and used my own measurements.

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 12:14 AM

Thank you for the link. I may try that sometime, though I smoke a cigar only about once every five or ten years.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 07:40 PM

Great design I love it, I would also have a hard time sending it away, guess you have to get busy and make yourself one Hee hee

Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 01:25 AM

Your humidor is pretty enough to start me smoking cigars. Exceptional piece of work and a good choice of lumber.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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