48 – How To Make a Cigar Humidor with Pacific Coast Tiger Maple


I offer a complete set of 3D Plans for this project here:
https://kingsfinewoodworking.com/collections/project-plans-for-sale/products/cigar-humidor-woodworking-plans

I make many projects for YouTube viewers, and this is one. It was meant to be a gift, and the client needed to have a logo put on top.

We talked about some design ideas, and settled on Pacific Coast Tiger Maple with an East Indian Rosewood inlay of the company logo on the top. I have made many humidors in the past but I wanted this one to be special because this was such a beautiful wood combination, and I don’t get to use light colored woods very often.

I decided it would look best to build the piece with through dovetail joinery. This also gives added strength for a piece that needs to expand and contract internally because humidification is necessary in a dry climate.

I chose a raised panel style for the lid to give more character. And of course, the inside would be lined with Spanish Cedar. This is the best wood for this type of project for a couple of reasons. First, this species handles expansion and contraction very well with changes in moisture content. It actually moves very little. And second, the chemical compounds that smell so nice to us in the cedar are actually toxic for tobacco beetles. Occasionally cigar aficionados may get a cigar that has a tobacco beetle or an egg in it. If this occurs, it won’t have a chance to grow and spread inside the humidor, since the Spanish Cedar will kill them off.

For the inlay, I needed it to be cut very precisely on a CNC machine. Luckily I had a friend who could do it for me. He is a very skilled woodworker, and actually has a YouTube page of his own. You should check him out, his name is Brian Benham: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXO8f1IIliMKKlu5PgSpodQ

I hope you find the build interesting and informative. Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions.

How to make the Extreme Table Saw Sled:
https://youtu.be/njsD5W6fcI0

How to Make Through Dovetail Joints:
https://youtu.be/XOOXvh9gwOU

Brian Benham’s Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXO8f1IIliMKKlu5PgSpodQ

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Things i used in this project:

SANDING
100 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
150 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
220 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
320 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
Belt Sander


ROUTERING
Round Rail and Stile Router Bit Set
Raised Panel Router Bit
½” spiral upcut bit made from solid carbide
3/8” radius roundover bit
Chamfer bit

Porter Cable Dovetail Jig Kit
(Contains everything needed even the router bits)

HINGE INSTALLATION
Self Centering (Vix) drill Bit
Soss Hidden Hinges


MISC SUPPLIES & TOOLS
Titebond III Wood Glue
GluBot
Silicon glue brush kit
Deft lacquer
Quick Squeeze clamps
Parallel Clamps
Clamp Blocks
Woodpecker’s Square


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