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Building a DIY Humidor

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If your an Arts & Crafts enthusiast or into wood shop, building a humidor can be a fun but intimidating. If you’re interested in building a humidor for yourself or a gift for someone then some items are required. To begin with, the majority of humidors are built with Spanish cedar. Spanish cedar has a lot going for it, because of the incredibly stable wood, its able to withstand extreme difference in relative humidity between the exterior and the interior of the box. In addition, Spanish cedar is known for its natural fragrance, owing to the oils that happened naturally from the wood. The one issue of using Spanish cedar is the tendency of exuding oil from within. There may be times when you may spot small specks of sticky oil from inside the humidor. If this occurs, simply wipe the resin off with some acetone or lacquer thinner. Another option is to use some sandpaper to sand away the small specks.

If your inclined to use an alternative to Spanish cedar, there are a few other options to choose from. For example, red oak or maple plywood or other popular options. The materials used are wood, burl slab, decorative inlay strips, paperbacked veneer, plus a hygrometer and humidifier. The tools necessary for the project are a table saw, plunge router (optional), chisels, sandpaper, flush cut saw and some clamps.

A humidor can be built in a few easy steps.

1. A table saw is necessary to cut the wood into the sides of the box. Gluing on the veneer will require for it to be watered down so it can be brushed on.
2. A routing table is recommended to make rabbets on all the box sides. It’s recommended to use masking tape to prevent tear-out. If you don’t have access to a router table, a table saw will suffice.
3. After completing the sides, cutting the tops from the plywood would be the next step. The purpose of this is to glue the whole thing together and then putting the veneer on the top.
4. Use a table saw to cut small rabbets for the edge banding. This is occurred on all edges of the box. During this step no adjustments of the fence is necessary.
5. Make space for the inlay and extend some shallow cuts on the table saw for edges of the box.
6. Gluing the edge banding and inlay is the next step, followed by sanding the whole thing down.
7. The next step requires caution. The whole thing will need to be cut in half.
8. Cut the groves for the hinges using a plunge router.
9. Final step is installing the glue.

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