How to make a Humidor?

What is a Humidor? How to make a humidor?

What is a humidor?

It's a cigar humidor! Like great vintages in wine, cigars cannot be stored just any old way. If you want to keep them as long as possible and compose a varied collection, it is important to find the ideal humidor. Today, there are plenty of them, from the simplest box to the whole room. A humidor is chosen according to the needs, the collection and the budget (you also have to take into account the available space!).

Why should you keep your cigars in a humidor?

A cigar is made under specific climatic conditions. For the most part, they are made in a tropical climate, which means under a particularly humid and hot environment. This point is essential, you should not deprive a cigar of these climatic conditions so as not to distort its flavours. There are two criteria to be strictly observed:
  1. The first criterion to be respected, humidity, is essential. Do not let a cigar dry or you will have the impression of tasting a piece of straw. The recommended humidity level is around 70% to 75%, some will prefer more, 80% and others less, 65% to 70%.
  2. The second criterion to respect, the temperature is a little less important but must be mastered. An ambient temperature of 68°F to 73.4°F is ideal for optimal conservation.

Humidor Plan: How to make a Humidor

Building your own humidor or purchasing one is a necessity in order to be able to enjoy good cigars even in an environment which normally does not lend itself to their conservation. With regular maintenance, a well-made humidor will keep cigars indefinitely. Very fine cigars improve over time when aged in the right conditions.

Building your own Humidor

Start machining a Spanish cedar plank 0,55 inch thick for the structure and 0,275 inch for the top. It will be necessary to define the desired size of your cellar. The dimensions mentioned above are an example among the dimensions of cigar humidors sold. It is important to note that your cigar humidor must be at least 2/3 full at all times in order to ensure good stability. Indeed not only the humidor plays an important role in the stability of the humidity with the humidifier, but the cigars also make it possible to stabilize the good humidity of the cellar. An empty cellar will require more distilled water to have a constant humidity of 70% or a larger humidifier.
  1. Once the lengths, widths and heights have been defined, it will be necessary to cut at 45° the sides which will form the angles of your humidor. Test the pieces together and verify their fit. Hand sand the outside corners.
  2. Test the sides and the ends. Test the pieces together and remove the sharp corners by hand.
  3. Use a sliding jig and a blade in the table to cut the slot. Do a test cut first.
  4. The cellar is assembled with waterproof wood glue. Spread them sparingly in each slit and on the corners, using a pipette or a small suitable bottle. Create two L-shaped sub-assemblies and apply pressure with six hose clamps.
  5. Make two L-shaped sub-assemblies, each made up of one side and one end. Tap on the subsets.
  6. The waterproof glue hardens quickly, so the six clamps must be ready.
  7. Create a cardboard template for the top panel. Test it in the rabbet, it must be perfectly inserted in the space.
  8. Apply the glue evenly to the future exterior veneer and the wood panels, using a brush.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut off the excess veneer. Cut from both sides towards the centre of the panel to avoid tearing. Start by cutting the ends and working the angles to the centre of the panel to avoid splitting the veneer. Apply the same side of the panel in the same manner and sand the inside face with 220 grit sandpaper.
  10. Glue and fix the panels to the body of the box. Use a router with a flush bit to cut the rabbets flush with the panel and cut the curve at the edges.
  11. Cut the cover with the table saw. Tape the spacers to support the cover after each cut.
  12. Use a ruler, a square and a knife to arrange and mark the location of the cover support hole. Measure from the centre of the axis of the hinge.
  13. Cut the mortise of the cover support using a router and a template. Try the cut on a fall first. Cut out the pieces of the liner and cut the angles at their ends. Cut their curved edges. Adjust so that there is a small, flat gap at the top edges.
    • Temporarily install the liner pieces in the box and check if the cover is snug. Sand high areas.
    • Apply a 0.98 inches wide strip of glue along the sides and ends of the box about an inch from the top edge.
    • Press the end pieces into place and slide them into the front and back pieces. Once the glue is set, secure the shelf supports with glue and zip ties.
    • Cut the platter pieces. Finish sanding the interior surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper, then glue and secure the assembly.
    • Cut the board from the plywood top and apply the veneer on top. Finish sanding the panel, drill the ventilation holes and glue it to the deck.
    • Then cut a long piece for the table handles and notch it by running it over the table saw with a flat blade angled at 30 degrees. Saw the curved outline on each handle. Sand a bevel on each of the handles by sticking it to a scrap block and pressing it against a disc sander.
  14. Cut out the curve and the notches in the parts of the handle, then sand the cone with a disc sander. Glue the handles to the tray.
  15. Once the table is sanded, apply glue to the handles and hold them in place with masking tape until the glue hardens.
  16. Drill the holes in the support for the humidifier and hygrometer using a drill. Enlarge the hole for the humidifier with a drum sander.
  17. Seal the support with waterproof wood glue and let stand. You can use a scratch system to fix the humidifier and hygrometer.
For the choice of the hygrometer and the humidifier, it will be advisable to inform you well to make the right choice.

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