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Humidor build in progress

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by SkinnyGoomba, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. ama

    ama Senior member

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    They aren't using them because the people buying them are buying them to look pretty first and foremost, and secondarily store their cigars. I would seriously consider looking at beads, a Xikar puck or Boveda packs and a digital hygrometer if these humidors are intended to seriously store cigars.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I plan to build it for those that want to use it for display and for long term aging. When it comes to my cigars long term aging is sometimes the only option because I smoke probably 1-2/month.

    What are the faults that you have found in the Elie Bleu humidifier that has you give the nod to beads? I haven't ruled out beads, but I haven't been bowled over by them either.

    I did quite a bit of research on the gauges as well and the general consensus among the industry professionals that I spoke to were that the synthetic hair gauges were accurate. I plan to compare the Elie Bleu with an Adorini and the digital gauge that you recommend. What are you thoughts on the xikar.

    None of the decisions hinge on price, they all hinge on quality/accuracy and visual appearance.
     
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  3. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    SG that looks really sweet. Let me know if you ever end up making more.

    What I hate about humidors that I see are that they are rarely have a modern design, always some classical shit that ends up looking tacky IMO. Yours is sweet.

    Oh, and you wouldn't have to worry about the hygrometer or humidification system, I'll take care of that :)
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Thanks Ed, I'll keep you in mind for the next batch.
     
  5. braised

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    Pretty cool work. Are you finishing the interior?

    Wooden humidors are very appealing but the best ones I've found are lined with milk glass and have cedar trays. I've found that the all-wood varieties loose humidification too quickly in modern, centrally heated homes. The construction is not about making it totally sealed, its about holding the moisture in. A problem if you finish and seal the outside but not the inside is that the interior will suck up the humidification with the resulting swelling usually buckling the joints and upsetting all the nice work.

    I'd also forget the digital hygrometers, they are great only so far as the batteries last. Take a look at the Arten mechanical ones, they are used worldwide by museums and have a pleasing techical look. They are also small enough to mount in top. (http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/arten-mechanical-thermo-hygrometer/studio-environment-control/).

    I haven't looked at hydration in a while, but again, the simpler the better. Just use distilled or bottled water. You want something that lasts and doesn't require buying replacement anythings.

    B
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    The interior will be sealed. Ideally I want the cedar to hold the humidity, not the walls or top of the humidor, which would then buckle as you mentioned.

    I'm always surprised to see humidors that are made with solid wood tops or with cedar outside walls. One would think it would move so much it would separate the joints. I do what I can to minimize movement such as using waterproof glues and sealing.

    I'm putting a solid cedar bottom/top into this as well above the plywood substrate, I saw many use cedar plywood and skip this, but it did not make sense to me to have one side of the materal moving constantly and one side fixed, I would think it would create a lot of internal stresses. It will be affixed in a way that allows it to move without warping.

    I have the hygro and humi, so after it's assembled and put to the test I will debate the merits of the available options. I agree with you that offering a product which requires buying additional products is not what I am aiming for.
     
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  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Sorry for the lack of updates, building 7 of these and they are all progressing at the same speed.

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    All of the tops have been cut off at this point and I am routing the groove for quadrant style hinges by Brusso in solid brass. That is some router pron for those who are into tools.

    This particular box is veneered in East Indian rosewood and will actually be a jewelry box for my finance' but it's the same size at the Humidors.
     
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  8. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Are you routing those freehand?

    The joinery looks quite good. Very much like the corner treatment and veneering.
     
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  9. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Thanks Thomas! I'm cutting the recess for the hinges with a template guide, it requires a very intense accuracy. So much so that i've been using a set of dial calipers to scribe the layout and setup the router. The rest of the joinery has been done with combination of saws and freehand routing.

    Eventually i'll buy a router table and be able to produce locking miters, a slight upgrade from the plain miters.
     
  10. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Sorry for my unusually slow progress on these, they just typically find their way to the back burner behind more pressing projects.

    Here's where I am at with these:

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    This is one of the ebony veneer humidors cut for hinges and cut on the back of the lip to allow it to open with the inset hinges. I'm using quadrant hinges which, typically the back of the hinges would stand proud about 1/4". However I dislike the feel of that so I have set them in and cut the back of the box.

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    This is everything needed prior to finishing, when they return I will cut to fit the spanish cedar bottom of the tray and edges. The reason why it has those two blocks is to set the depth of that back panel so that the humidifier and gauge can be attached for an invisible mount.

    In the future I will no longer be using the Elie Bleu gauges since it's come to my attention that most smokers prefer to simply sit a digital gauge in the box, and many high end makers are leaving out the gauges.
     
  11. mikeman

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    SkinnyGoomba, those things are insanely nice! If I may ask, what are you asking for one?
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks Mikeman! Good question and I'm not sure just yet as the big variable is still the lacquer finish. I've had one of my other pieces finished in that way but it was a one-off and not a group.

    3 of these are going to be jewelry boxes and three will be humidors. The jewelry boxes I've yet to determine what the liners will be, I've used suede in the past and while it's very nice to feel, it is easily dirtied. I'm thinking I may use shagreen, which should be a bit sturdier and not lose the luxury edge and history of use in jewelry boxes (usually an exterior).
     
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    Why not silk?
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Thank you for the suggestion.
     
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  15. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Had some time to work on these:

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    unfinished liners, they will never actually be 'finished' per say, but sanded to about 220grit. It's correct to leave them bare.

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    Those grey marks are epoxy filler, that will get dyed the color of the wood prior to lacquering. When using raw veneers of these exotics they sometimes have irregularities.
     
  16. idfnl

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    ^^ looking very professional
     
  17. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    looks really good man
     
  19. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Thanks Caltex, should have some more pics of this soon. I'm having my finisher lacquer them.
     

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