Re: How hard is it to build your own humidor?
I'm a Cabinetmaker by trade. I built my own and it is not an easy thing to do. I do not want to discourage you, but I can also do Framing and Rough Carpentry. They are not the same as Cabinet Making (which is what you are doing when you make a Humidor). I'm assuming your talking about something more than a mere Tabletop Humidor that will hold 25-50 cigars.
That being said before you cut your first piece of wood, you need HARD answers to the following:
(1) Capacity not today or next month, 2 years from now is a good start. Almost antbody on this forum can tell you Cigars can be a slippery slope. One day you have 25, then next 300. You will also need to draw thing out to find any building or measurement flaws. You cannot 'wing it' like Capentry. Everything needs to be accurate to the 1/16". Nothing worse than building your Humidor and finding out the doors or drawers are 1/4" too big or too small.
(2) Style and Wood Species. Will it be a Chest. Stand up. Credenza. End Table. Do you want it made out of Exotics ($$$) or good ole Oak. You choice will affect the look and more importantly the cost. Too many people think they can build a good Humidor for $200. It's not possible. So it is better to save the trees and NOT build one if you are not going to be able to finish it (by that I mean in both time and money).
(3) A way to control the Humidity and Temperature if you live somewhere where you Humidor in it's final resting spot will get over 75 degrees. You will need to figure out how to cool it. Temperature control is not an easy thing to do. There are people who have figured it out but their systems run well over $1000, just for the equipment to cool a stand up Humidor. If you need to cool it, you will also need to INSULATE it. Again another pain to overcome.
(4) You need to find a source for you wood and equipment and be able to fund this project. Even in the Chicago area it is not easy to find Spanish Cedar. You won't find it at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You will need to find a Specialty Wood Supplier. You will either pay up front to have the stock milled down to your specs, or you will have to have serious machines to resaw and mill the wood down to your specs. You will not be able to make a nice Humidor with a Miter saw and a Jigsaw.
I do not want to sound like Mr. Negative. Makiing your own Humidor can be very Rewarding and Enjoyable. But not properly thought out, it can make you pull your hair out and go broke.
If you decide on this project, please feel free to PM me and I would be more than happy to help you any way I can, and even help you 'Find' stuff on the internet to help you build your Humidor.
When you feel like you have too many cigars without anywhere to put them....you ACTUALLY have a 'Space' problem and need to get more 'Space' for more cigars. I hope this is clear.