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    A Guide to Making Your Own Humidor

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    I can vouch for the fact that factory-made humidors, awesome as they are, aren’t quite tailored to your specific wants and needs. Plus, if you enjoy woodworking, making things, learning about building processes, and safely storing cigars, you should consider making your own humidor. So long as you have a little bit of spare cash (far less than would be spent on a pre-made humidor) and time, you can make an awesome container for your smokes without breaking a sweat. You’ll also have the option to customize your humidor’s appearance—not just its layout—if you’d like to do so, and purchasers of traditional humidors don’t have this opportunity.

    Let’s take a step-by-step look at how you can build your own humidor!

    What You’ll Need

    1. Access to a Table Saw
    2. Enough Spanish Cedar to Cover the Interior
    3. External Wood of Your Choice
    4. 12 or More Screws
    5. Power Drill
    6. Wood Stain
    7. Sandpaper
    8. Polyurethane

    This list might seem like a lot, but truth be told, it’s really pretty manageable. You’ll need access to a table saw (or a similar saw) to cut your wood, but besides that, the process is as simple as drilling holes and inserting screws into the wood, sanding, staining, and applying polyurethane.

    I didn’t include measurements for the wood; I think the best part of building your own humidor is picking out a specific spot and size. For instance, if you have a bar in your basement, a long, rectangular-shaped humidor would be awesome; if you need to make the most of a smaller area, a freestanding vertical humidor is probably the way to go.

    Step One: Draft Plans

    Regardless of the type and style of the humidor, you’re going to build, the first step is to draft plans. I can’t provide too many specifics here, as your humidor is going to be just that—your humidor—but I will say that the easiest way to go about rendering your plans is by starting with the outer box—the non-cedar portion—and accounting for the fact that cedar lining will have to be featured in this portion. Also, be sure to make the front and back walls lower than the sides, as they will hold the humidor’s lid.

    This lid should come out a bit past the front wall (so you can easily grip and open it).

    Step Two: Cut Your Wood

    Next, cut your wood according to the specifications featured in your plans; using a pencil to mark this wood’s cut lines is advisable. Be sure to follow all safety protocols while doing so, including wearing protective goggles, focusing on the cut, and keeping your fingers away from the blade.

    The thickness of the outer wood is your call, but for the interior cedar, thicker is better, as thicker cuts of wood allow less humidity to escape.

    Step Three: Sand Your Wood

    Next, you should use sandpaper (and a hand sander, preferably) to sand your wood. Start with coarse paper and work your way down to a finer grade; the wood on your humidor doesn’t have to be incredibly smooth, but a little bit of effort with sandpaper will go a long way towards enhancing the final product’s quality.

    Step Four: Assemble Your Humidor

    You should use a larger drill piece to create countersinks or holes that cover screws, before drilling your screws in. This way, once said screws have been added, you can use wood or putty to cover and sand your fillings. Verify that all your pieces fit together properly; if you’d like to make any last-minute design changes, you should do so before the assembly process is complete.

    Step Five: Stain Your Wood

    While your humidor’s Spanish cedar should remain unstained, the external wood can be given a coat or two of stain to make it look as excellent as possible; more coats create a darker texture, so exercise caution when applying more than the two recommended coats.

    You should also choose a wood stain that’s ideal for the wood type you selected; this information is available on the back of nearly all stain products.

    Step Six: Apply Polyurethane/Customization

    You’re almost there! The final step is to apply polyurethane and any decals you’d like included on the humidor. Make sure you’ve waited a day or so since applying your last coat of stain, as it needs time to dry.

    Polyurethane, like wood stain, should absolutely not be applied to the cedar on the inside of the best humidor review. It can be applied to the outer wood, though. If you’d like any decals or stickers included on your humidor, apply them (with glue, for decals) to the wood and brush a couple coats of polyurethane on; wait 24 hours between each coat to allow for proper drying. For additional smoothness, sand your humidor’s exterior with wet sandpaper for a few minutes.

    Hopefully, these steps will inspire you to spend a little bit of time crafting the humidor of your dreams. Doing so isn’t difficult, and you’ll reap the benefits of your work many years after the fact. Please leave a comment letting me know what you think of the guide, and if you know of anyone else who’d like to read it, don’t hesitate to share!

    Thanks for visiting, and here’s to customizable humidors and the wonderful world of cigars than any man will enjoj!