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Thread: A Large Format Humidor

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    A Large Format Humidor

    Well I'm finally getting around to building the large format humidor for the liquor shop. It will be very much like a china cabinet but with humidification.

    This is sort of the type of thing I'm shooting for.....

    The one I'm building will be two pieces and the bottom piece will be a bit deeper than the top piece, but only a few inches. Bottom will be for housing the humidification unit and storage, the top will be for display of cigars.

    Some WIP pics....

    First I have to come clean about something, I often say that because of my limited shop space I don't use my tablesaw to break down sheet goods, well as this picture proves, I was not entirely telling the truth about that.....

    ... I do use the SawStop, but not by itself

    I got the Lee Valley shelf hole drilling jig a while back, boy does it work slick....

    ... maybe too slick, as I ended up drilling WAY too many holes

    Here is the dry fit....

    and then the glue up.....

    I glued and shot brad nails at the same time, worked well, the case went together nicely!

    The kick is a seperate piece, maybe I'm nuts, but I like doing cases this way, then I can level the kick on the floor before the case is on it. The kick will be attached to the floor and the case to the wall behind it, we do live in earthquake country.

    The cases are made from the lumber core Shina (Basswood) plywood, I don't really like this stuff, but that is what I have to use. The face frames and doors will be solid wood, not sure what yet. I'm thinking to just go with Maple and then stain it. Where the humidor will go in the shop only the front will really be visible. I'm thinking to stain the whole humidor and then apply several coats of Urethane to it.

    The case will be 90cm/35 1/2" wide and a total of 200cm/78 3/4" tall. The lower part of the humidor will be 65cm/25.6" tall and the upper portion with the glass doors will be 135cm/53" tall. I'm wanting to go with two tall wide doors, I think this will be OK as the cabinet is only 90cm/35.5" wide, the doors will be slightly less than that. I plan on having fairly thick rails and stiles, maybe up to a inch, and fairly wide as well, this should give me good strong doors. I think I can get away with 5mm tempered glass for the doors, no real rules or laws that I can find here, talking to the glass guy down the street this is what he thinks will be OK, might go for 6mm thick just in case but he says it will just be heavier, and will not really be that much stronger.

    Next step will be to head down to Shin-Kiba and buy some rough lumber, going to pay for some good stuff this time around, not bother with the hockey stick material

    I have the idea to run some of the LED interior lights that activate when you open the doors as well as the humidification unit and all the vents and fans needed to get good consistent air flow. The shelving in the bottom will be solid, but with an air space, at the back and front, but the shelves in the upper case will be made from strips of wood like drying racks to make sure that there is good air flow.

    I'm thinking that I'll put a center divider in the upper case like the lower case, mainly to strengthen the cabinet, but this will also allow me to have the shelves on each side to be set at different levels if I need to.

    Lots more to come, this should be a good build, with a good mix of stuff.

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    This ought to be a good follow along project Stu

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Sounds like an interesting project! It's looking good so far!!!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Looking good. Where are you getting the humidification unit from?


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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Lookin' great Stu. I've done the same thing with shelf holes. Never stopped to think, "who needs a shelf that's only 1 1/2" tall".

    Regarding the LED lights. How about using a motion sensor rather than a door actuated switch. As the customer walks by the lights come on and say, "Come look at me. Buy me."
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Stony Plain, Alberta
    Looking forward to seeing this one progress...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Nova Scotia, 45N 64W
    It's taking shape Stu. Looking forward to the updates.
    Last edited by Peter Rideout; 10-17-2011 at 05:04 PM. Reason: Punctuation

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    that shelf pin drilling jig is mighty fancy.
    I still use the same piece of pegboard with a board nailed to the bottom so I know which side is bottom and I circle the holes I want drilled with a sharpie.
    IM looking foward to the final product
    Human Test Dummy

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Looking good. You are going to spoil your customers ;-)
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  10. #10
    Looks like a fun project Stu. I am sure it will turn out great, just like all of your work!

    Good luck with it
    Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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