Building your own Spanish cedar lined humidor can be a rewarding
project for either the cigar enthusiast or the woodworking enthusiast.
The list of materials isnt too long or too expensive and everything
can be conveniently purchased online. Building your own humidor is not
just a great way to preserve and store your cigars. It can serve as a
showpiece in your home, a beautiful objet dart that will enhance
any room. Like all do-it-yourself projects, the real joy is being able
to select the components to fit your individual needs and style, as well
as the pride from knowing you put them together yourself.
youre an occasional cigar smoker who likes to have cigars on hand
or if you regularly buy more expensive,
imported cigars, then having a humidor is a must. The tobacco leaves in
cigars start to lose their texture, burning consistency and most importantly
flavor if theyre not kept in a warm, moist environment. Preferably
around 70% humidity and 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Overly moist cigars
are undesirable as well as they can develop an acidic taste and even start
to mold over time. Aficionados claim that once the airtight seal on a
box of cigars is broken, whether you purchased them online or from a local
tobacconist, the quality of the smoke can start to decline within hours.
When deciding on the overall dimensions
of your humidor you should take into consideration the size and number
of cigars youll be storing. The humidor pictured above is 18x9x6
with a divider 10 from the right side. This will allow me to store
about 50 cigars of various sizes. Cigars six inches or less(coronas, robustos
etc.) will fit nicely in either direction on the left side of the divider,
while the longer cigars(churchills, double coronas etc.) will lay horizontally
on the right side.
A variety of hardwoods can be used for
the humidor exterior. Woods such as cherry,
walnut and maple
are common choices because of their natural beauty, but more exotic
woods are routinely used as well. As always, choose whatever fits
your own unique style and price range. I chose a 12 x 1" x
10" piece of S4S black walnut for this project, based on what I envisioned
it would look like displayed in my den once completed.
First, the board was cut into the desired
lengths to make all the sides of the humidor exterior. The top(lid) was
cut to 9 x 18 while the bottom was cut to 7 ½
x 16 ½. The bottom was cut smaller so the other four sides
would cover the bottoms edges and make sure no end grain would be
visible. The top edges were also shaped with a 3/8 round over bit
to give it more of a finished appearance.
The front and back were cut to 5 ¼
x 18 while the sides were cut to 5 ¼ x 9. The
ends of the front, back and sides were mitered to 45 degree angles to
form the corners of the humidor and again make sure no end grain would
show. Next, four ¾ x ¾ pieces of blocking were
cut to make a stop on the underside of the humidor lid to make more of
an airtight seal when it's closed.
The humidor exterior was assembled with
wood glue and 1 inch 18 gauge pneumatic nails. Use wood clamps to hold
the pieces tightly together and let the glue dry for at least an hour
before removing the clamps and nailing. Its important to use high
quality glue, especially on the corners, to make sure the wood doesnt
warp and break apart due to the high humidity inside your humidor.
The interior and exterior should be well
sanded to ensure an even coating of the polyurethane or stain. For this
project two coats of polyurethane were applied to the interior and five
coats to the exterior. Sanding with steel wool in between coats on the
exterior was done to give it a smooth, polished look and feel.
An oil based clear gloss polyurethane
was used to not only give the humidor a shiny and elegant look but also
to protect the wood from water damage. Humidity in the 70% range would
wreak havoc on unprotected wood. Thats why the inside of the humidor
should be given a couple coats of lacquer even though it will be covered
up in the next step. Its definitely worth the extra effort to protect
Humidors are typically lined with Spanish
cedar for a couple reasons. It's a very aromatic wood which enhances the
flavor of cigars and helps the tobacco blends mellow as they age. It's
also a great absorber and releaser of moisture which makes it a natural
humidity regulator inside a humidor.
A Spanish cedar liner can be as thin as
veneer or as thick as 3/8. Spanish
cedar veneer was selected for this project even though some humidor
designers suggest a liner no thinner than ¼ be used. Whatever
thickness you choose, installation involves just basically cutting the
pieces to size and gluing them in, making sure to cover all the inner
areas. The Spanish cedar must be left unfinished in order for it to do
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Be very careful when working with this wood. The dust is toxic and irritating
to the respiratory tract and lungs when inhaled. Wear a respirator and
work in a well ventilated area while doing any cutting or sanding!
The only necessary hardware is the hygrometer,
the humidifier and some brass knobs and hinges for the lid. Most humidifiers
come with a magnet that can be glued inside the top, allowing you to attach
and remove the humidifier and refill it as necessary. Hygrometers can
also be installed this way as long as the sensors are on the sides of
the device. Another option is using a digital hygrometer which can be
placed anywhere inside the humidor requiring no installation at all. I
like both the look and the functionality of the analog front mounted hygrometer.
It looks great while also allowing you to monitor the humidity in your
humidor without having to open it. Make sure the humidity sensors are
on the back of the hygrometer you purchase if you decide on this type
of design. For this humidor I just center drilled the hole and then glued
the hygrometer in place. I also attached brass knobs on the front of the
lid for easier opening and as a decorative effect. Finally, the hinges
were attached to the back of the humidor and the project was completed.
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