If you want to make your own humidor and save yourself a bunch of money, there are a few things you should know.
First, you have to be a person that likes to “tinker” with stuff. Also, by making your own cigar humidor it probably won’t be quite as good of quality as you would if you bought it somewhere, so you may have to keep your eye on it a little more.
So basically I would only recommend making your own humidor to people who are very “into” cigars!
So let’s get into it!
Materials Needed For Making Your Own Humidor
- Hardwood For The Exterior
- Spanish Cedar (for the interior)
- Polyurethane Finish
- Wood Glue
- Building Tools (see below)
Building Your Humidor
When making your own humidor the best part is that you can choose how you want it to look, what wood you want to use, etc. For this option when choosing the wood you can go with whatever you like best, such as cherry, walnut, maple, or even more exotic woods if you like those types of wood.
Step 1 – Cut the board into the length you want your humidor to be. For example, for a decent sized humidor you can cut to to something like 11″ x 20″ and the bottom to 9.5″ x 14″ (leave the bottom a little smaller so no grain is visible once the 4 sides cover the bottom’s edges.You can also round-over the top edges to give it a more finished appearance. To do this just use a round-over bit – something around 3/8″ or so.
Step 2 – Cut the front and back pieces to your appropriate lengths and miter the front back and sides to form corners so no end grain shows like in the last step. In this step you can also choose to cut some “blockers” to make a stop on the underside of the humidor so it makes a good airtight seal when closed.
Step 3 – Assemble the humidor with some wood glue and 1 inch, 18 gauge pneumatic nails. Then clamp the pieces tightly together and let the glue dry for a minimum of 1 hour.
Note: Make sure you’re using high quality glue or the wood might warp!
Next up…sanding. After all that work are you still glad you started to make your own humidor? I hope so!
Step 4 – Sand your wood so you can put on some even coatings of polyurethan or stain. I would put 2 or so coats on the interior and about 5 for the exterior. You can also use steel wool in-between coats on the exterior to give it a smooth, polished look and feel.
Note: Although it’s not “necessary” to coat the inside, you absolutely should. Just think, this wood will be sitting in 70% or so humidity, and we all know waht humidity does to wood!
Next up…lining with Spanish cedar lining.
This next step is very important because spanish cedar lining help enhance the flavor of the cigars and is wonderful at absorbing and releasing moisture – perfect for a humidor! When making your own humidor you can’t miss this step. Keep in mind that this wood is horrible for your lunges so when sanding you should always wear some type of ventilation mask.
Step 5 – Line the inside of the humidor with spanish cedar liner. Usuaully people say not to use more than 1/4″ but I’ve heard of people going as thick as 3/8″, so that’s up to you. But typically I wouldn’t go over 3/8″ thick. To install these pieces, simply cut them to spec and glue them in, making sure to cover all inner areas. Also, this should be left unfinished so it can do it’s job of absorbing and releasing the moisture.
Step 6 – Now it’s finally time to add your hardware, and this is basically up to you. For this you’ll need some brass knobs to open it and hinges so it opens. When you buy a humidifier it should come with a magnet that can be glued inside to the top, allowing you to refill it when necessary – and the same with hygrometers. You can also use a digital hygrometer for the same effect but with much less hassle, which is always nice.
After you install all these pieces you’ve successful built your own humidor and you can go show it to your family and friends!
Just a few days ago you were thinking whether or not you should make your own humidor, and now it’s completed! Congratulations, now go out there and get yourself some cigars to put in it!