|The finished humidor.|
I've recently found myself with a box of fine cigars. The great thing about cigars is that it's a great thing to do socially. I.e., you sit around with good friends who also smoke cigars, and contemplate how good life is. That's really all you can do while smoking a cigar.
|A fine cigar with a great friend in a good beer garden. What could be better?|
I've never smoked cigarettes. I'm sorry, but that seems to be a filthy habit. I shake my head when I see smokers outside in the snow getting their nicotine fix. That doesn't look like any fun at all. I have no problem going all winter without a cigar. In fact, I enjoy smoking only once or twice a year these days.
I tried to just put a humidifier in the box my cigars came in, but it turned out to be hard on the box. Those boxes are for presenting cigars, and the joinery isn't up to the demands of the differences in humidity. Plus, I was having a hard time keeping the humidity up to 55%. Good cigars need it a bit more humid, around 70% is ideal.
I looked around and had enough left over laminated pine to make a small Japanese toolbox style container, so that's what I did.
|Drilling pilot holes for the nails.|
Measurements of this box were determined according to how much wood I had available, with the stipulation that it was big enough to put the cigar box I have inside.
|I used Roman nails, except on the bottom where I used regular cut nails.|
One thing that I changed was the handles. The handles should be solid blocks that go from the outside of the end wall to the very outside edge. I didn't happen to have anything appropriate, so I used 18mm stock and just bumped it out to be flush with the end.
|I changed the handle to get away with thinner stock.|
I was so proud of my nailing skill up to this point, as I hadn't marred the surface of the box yet. Well, that ended when trying to attach the end caps.
|Marking where to drill pilot holes.|
Since this is not a work box, but something that will sit on furniture, I needed a way to keep the nails on the bottom from scratching whatever it is sitting on. I happened to have a thin piece of scrap sycamore, so I ripped it in half and glued the strips to the bottom. These will keep the nails away from the surface of whatever it sits on without looking like I added feet.
|My clever feet.|
|The little one next to it's older brother.|
|Cigars go in there.|
Tonight I leave for a short trip to Munich. That means more work on the trestle table. This was a good warm-up. Stay tuned!