How to Build a Homemade, DIY Humidor

Learning how to build a humidor can save you a great deal of time and money as a cigar enthusiast. Humidors play an important role in maintaining the quality and taste of your cigars, given the fact that they regulate the temperature and humidity at which the cigars are stored before enjoying a good smoke.  It is quite obvious that the size of your humidor will determine the number of cigars that can be stored at the same time. From a larger countertop display to a smaller 10 cigar travel humidor. It may be necessary to upgrade the size of your humidor if you are planning on storing away a few dozen of your preferred brands.

As a result of this, constructing a homemade humidor can make a huge difference and provide you with the adequate space and conditions required to store your cigars. A DIY humidor is not as complex as many may believe it to be; in fact, the following steps would show how you can create the ideal humidor with just a few common materials that can be found literally anywhere.  The entire process can be simplified into the construction of the humidor box and the addition of the humidifier, hygrometer and thermometer.

Constructing the Homemade Humidor

  1. The first step involves the selection of the adequate type of wood for constructing the humidor box. Spanish cedar has been the choice of wood used to line humidors for decades, and the same continues to play a central role the humidor manufacturing industry. Prior to using the Spanish cedar, it must be carefully dried, preferably in a kiln, in order to eliminate all of the resin found in the wood. Without this step, the cigars can soak up the resins, which can alter their overall taste and quality. Once again, the size and dimensions of your humidor would vary in accordance to the number of cigars that you plan to store. While the Spanish cedar serves as the inner layer of the humidor, the outer layer can be designed using hardwood that is resistant to temperature and humidity changes.
  2. Using a table saw, cut out pieces of wood with the measurements of your choice for the lid, sides and bottom.  Many humidordiy humidor manufacturers construct the outer layer as a closed box, which is later cut open in two with the aid of a band saw.
  3. Ensure that the box is properly glued and held firmly together with a clamp, for an effective and durable finish.
  4. Prepare the inner layer of Spanish cedar in such a way that it fits neatly within the box. Prior to fitting the Spanish cedar, apply a coating of flat lacquer that would significantly reduce the rate at which moisture is absorbed.
  5. Fit quadrant hinges unto the back of the humidor to ensure that the lid movements are controlled.  Once the inner part of the humidor is complete, proceed to add the finishing touches on the outside, by coating the same with layers of lacquer alternating with thorough sanding for every three coats.   Leave the coated humidor to cure for about a week and then use a very fine grit sand paper (N0. 1000) to smooth out the surface; power buff your new humidor to give it a shiny, attractive appearance.

Placement of Humidifier, Hygrometer and Thermometer

Although many different commercial humidifiers are available, a homemade version can be easily created by placing a soaked napkin in a small cup inside of the humidor. This napkin will add the requisite levels of humidity to the humidor. A relative humidity of about 70% is ideal for conserving your cigars. The hygrometer can be later installed into the unit to monitor the humidity levels. Currently, companies responsible for designing hygrometers and thermometers have developed digital versions for ease of monitoring, although the conventional versions convey a sense of style and luxury. In addition, thermometer/hygrometer combos are currently manufactured by many companies, making it easier to monitor both humidity and temperature using a more compact device. View the picture to the left to find out more.

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