Iím building a humidor and thought somebody might find it interesting. If nothing else, somebody might use this as a jumping off point for their own project in the future.
First, Iíll readily admit that Iím a novice, hobby-level wood worker. There are lots of guys with greater skills, better tools, and better ideas. What I do is mostly satisfactory for my own pass-time, but I will be the first to own up to the fact that pretty much everything I do with wood can be done in some better way. Anyone who fancies building their own humidor can likely (almost certainly) find another solution that is less expensive, stronger, prettier, or less time consuming, and likely all of the above. That said, hereís the project:
Although Iíve mulled the idea over for quite a while, Iím designing a lot of this on the fly. Iím more than happy to share the dimensions and building techniques with anyone who is interested, but part of the fun of building something is creating a unique piece that is exactly what you want and not what someone else has done. For all of my building projects, I draw them out in only the most sophisticated Alabama CAD (Circles And Doodles). After the Alabama internet man recommended them so highly, I even picked up an Apple Notebook with plenty of storage. Not sure what the fuss is over
To begin the project properly, you have to start with a cigar. I started with a DE Java Red.
Iím a tall fella and I donít like digging for things at ankle level. Even though the storage area is only 48Ē tall, Iíve elected to put it up on 24Ē legs so that most things are easier for me to reach. This design will also fit well with the other furniture in my house.
I went back and forth on wood selection. I was tempted to do walnut, but I have an abundance of surfaced 1x4 pine and decided that in this instance, free wood is preferable to ordering rough cut through my lumber yard and spending a day with a planer. Maybe Iíll build another from a nicer wood in the future.
I start by creating my four corners, then turning them into two sides. Iím using 1x4 pine and 1/4Ē ply wood at this point.
Iím lining the interior with Eastern Red Cedar. *This IS NOT the best option for a humidor.* Some might argue that Eastern Red Cedar should be avoided in humidors, and they would be generally correct. My plans are to line the interior with this and then seal it with shellac. The ERC is a wood that I really like for its appearance, but the smell is much stronger than Spanish Cedar and could change the flavors of any cigars stored in it. Sealing the ERC in shellac is to prevent the overwhelming aroma from getting into the cigars.
In the end, this will leave us with a strong, attractive, well-sealed cabinet. Just know that I am not suggesting Eastern Red Cedar as an ideal humidor wood. The best option would be Spanish Cedar or Mahogany. Iíll be building the shelves and trays out of Mahogany in a later post.
And this is where the end of my Sunday evening project left off. More to come next weekend.