Although fine cigars have never really gone out of style, recently they’ve been “rediscovered,” making a nice, hand-rolled stogie more popular than ever. As a result, more and more people are learning that cigars must be stored in a moist, airtight environment to stay fresh (and even improve) over time. In short, fine cigars need a humidor.
Constructed of hardwood and lined with Spanish cedar, this elegant humidor project will keep cigars fresh and at the ready without the $150 to $500 price tag found on humidors in specialty shops. Straight cuts and simple construction techniques make the project ideal for woodworkers of all skill levels. All the joinery is based on simple miter cuts, and full-size templates make installing the hinges (critical to an airtight seal) easy.
The finished humidor measures 13 inches long by 12 inches wide by 6 inches deep and is designed to hold about 50 cigars.
The Humidor plan, No. 871, is $8.95 and includes complete step-by-step directions with photos, full-size templates and construction diagrams, plus a shopping list and cutting schedule. A mail-order source for a hardware kit and a Spanish cedar liner kit is also included.
Because the natural place for a humidor is in the study or library, a package of bookcase plans, No. C118, is available for $18.95. The package includes a lawyer’s bookcase, a Craftsman-style bookcase and a bookcase with doors above and a cabinet below. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about one week).
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