The great cigar humidors cost a lot and it is obvious that you would want to buy one as well for storing your most prized stogies.
However, if at all you wish to save some money over it, then you can make one for yourself in just few steps without much effort and time.
The cigar humidors look pretty intimidating for sure and so below are the tools and some steps that would lead you to building an amazing piece of woodwork.
You need not require being an expert at wood working projects and can easily make one for yourself.
The tools that you may require for the making the humidor are electric power drill machine, Clamps, Chisels, Sandpaper, Fine tooth small saw and Table saw. These tools are just enough for you to make sure the Humidor is in perfect shape and sound.
Materials Required for the Humidor
- Hygrometer & Humidifier
- 1/2 inch Red Oak
- 1/8 Inch Spanish Cedar
- 1/2 Inch Maple plywood
- Redwood burl slab
- Creative Inlay strips
- 1/42 Walnut paperback
How to Make a Homemade Cigarette Humidor
The total cost would come up to around $70 which is surely not much compared to what you will have saved. All the tools and materials would be completely fine for making the Humidor and all that is needed is a little work.
Firstly, you need to put glue over the veneer. It would be advisable if you can add some water to the glue to be applied on easily. Then you have to cut the Red Oak for the sides of the box using by using the table saw.
Now you need to make rabbets on the sides of the box. You can use the table saw with blades or multiple passes with a regular blade.
After you are done with the sides, you now need to cut the tops from the maple plywood to the perfect size and glue the whole things together. In the end, apply veneer on the top of it.
This step involves cutting the edges to bend using table saw. The step is quite easy and can be done quickly.
Now you would need the redwood and cut them into small strips. It would be better to use masking tapes as they are pretty brittle.
Now glue in all the edge banding and inlay. After this, just sand the whole thing with an orbit sander.
Here, you need to carefully cut the whole of the structure made as of now into just half.
Cut out the groves for the hinges using a plunge router.
After the groves have been made properly, you need to glue the Spanish cedar. Here the edges must be sanded properly to let the box tightly closed.
To give the Humidor a final touch, use around 10 coatings of lacquer. After it cures in few days use wet sand with sand paper to give the box an even shine.
Benefits of Using a Cigarette Humidor
There are different kinds of cigarette humidors found in the market. Humidors give a number of advantages to the smoker who uses them. Below, I want to give you five ways in which using a humidor will benefit you.
1. Some Humidors are Cheap
Firstly, some humidors are cheap. However, note that there are different kinds of cigarette humidors and some of them may be quite costly. Some humidor boxes cost as much as three hundred dollars.
Nevertheless, other humidors are not expensive and it is easy to get a cheap humidor as some of them sell for as little as twenty dollars.
Therefore, you can save a lot of money if you decide to buy a cheap humidor to keep your cigarettes fresh and this will save you some money which you can use to buy other things.
2. They Can Hold a Lot of Cigarettes
It is also important to note that humidors come in different sizes. Some of them are large, like drawers. You can put a lot of cigarettes in these kinds of humidors. Some of them can hold as many as two hundred cigarettes.
This makes it possible for you to buy a lot of cigarettes and keep them in these kinds of humidors, so you will not need to go to town regularly to buy cigarettes.
In contrast, there are humidors that are smaller and can hold fewer numbers of cigarettes. Some of them can hold about twenty or thirty cigarettes in them.
You can conveniently put your cigarettes into these kinds of small humidors, and put them in your pocket.
An example of a smaller type of humidor is the desk-top humidor which comfortably fits on your table in the office.
The fact that it can hold more than twenty cigarettes makes it ideal for those looking for convenience offered by the portability of these humidors.
4. It Can Help You to Preserve Your Cigarettes
Another benefit of humidors is that they can help you to keep your cigarettes fresh for a long time. Many humidors have humidifiers in them that provide the cigarettes with an ideal atmosphere.
They control the amount of moisture that will get to the cigarettes and also allow the cigarettes to have a stay in an ideal temperature.
Consequently, the cigarettes are kept in a state in which they can be preserved well which helps them to keep fresh so that they do not go bad quickly.
5. You Can Make One Easily
A humidor can be made at home very easily. You can construct a humidor at home using common materials which you can get at home.
Some of the materials you can use to make a humidor at home are; plastic containers and old cigarette boxes.
As we all know, anything made at home goes a long way in ensuring there are no needless bills otherwise incurred in purchasing it.
It is important to remember that there are benefits you can get when you decide to use a humidor to store your cigarettes aside from the mere fact of being a storage device. There are also disadvantages, but the benefits of using a humidor far outweigh the disadvantages.
One good thing about making a homemade cigarette humidor is that you can even cut the wood according to your wish and size it to the standards you need it to be in. By following the above procedure, you will end up with a perfect humidor for you.