Traditionalists will always tout the value of the classic humidor, but the few conditions necessary to keep your cigars fresh can be replicated in almost any container.
Generally speaking, the ideal conditions are 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 percent relative humidity. As air temperatures decrease, the amount of water that can be held decreases. As a general rule of thumb for every degree, the temperature drops you should increase the humidity by one percent or vice versa.
However, a humidor is not the only way to store cigars to keep them fresh. Similar conditions can be replicated at home, without having to purchase pricy storage equipment.
Find an Old Textbook, Some Wood, and a Few Other Supplies – You’re All Set
That’s right! In this guide, we will show you how to make a suitable cigar box at home using just an old textbook, some scraps of wood and a few other household supplies.
If you’re planning on housing multiple luxury cigars, you may want to purchase a real humidor to protect your investment. But, if you just need a reasonably secure place to keep your cigars at home without worrying about them being crushed or dried out, this DIY will provide that.
How to Make Your Own DIY Cigar Box
Gather Your Supplies
For this DIY you will need to gather
- Two thin pieces of wood (3/8 inch x 2-inch pieces available at most hardware stores work great)
- A textbook you no longer need
- PVA glue
- Chalkboard tape
- A miter saw
- A handsaw
- A ruler
- A sponge or paintbrush
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Two clamps or a handful or rubber bands
- A pair of scissors or an Exacto knife
You could certainly substitute some of these materials to make your cigar box your own.
Remove the Book Board from your Book
Grab your textbook so you can remove the cardboard from inside the hardcover.
Along the soft part of the spine, where the two pieces of the book-board meet, score the outer layer using your knife or scissors.
Then you should cut the removed book cover in half from top to bottom, longwise.
Next, you should remove the back cover to make side panels. At this step, you must decide the size of your cigar box.
If you use the entire front cover, your measurements are set already. If you like, you have the option of cutting segments off of the front cover to use for the sides, which will reduce the size of your box overall.
Cut the Wood to Size
Next, you need to cut the wood strips to the right size. You’ll need two strips of wood cut to the length of the bottom panel of your box. You should subtract the width of the sides of your box which will be minimal.
If we were to guess, we’d think you should subtract about a quarter inch in total, allowing an eighth of an inch on each side.
For smooth edges, you can sand both the book-board and the wood.
Start Assembling the Basic Structure
Take your pre-cut sides of your box and position them on the two ends of your pieces of wood. The top and bottom will be missing at this point.
The structure that you are looking for is: the wood pieces stood on their small end lengthwise positioned in the front and back and the pieces of cardboard designated for the sides on each end to make a complete rectangle.
Once you have the shape off the base of your cigar box, minus the top and bottom, apply PVA glue to all joints. Using rubber bands, secure the joints and let the glue dry. Next, you’ll need to secure the bottom.
Apply glue all around the rectangle form and attach the bottom. Use clamps to hold the bottom in place.
If you do not have clamps at home, rubber bands stretched around the form will suffice.
Let the glue dry for at least 30 minutes before removing the rubber bands or clamps.
Cut Out the Top
Your last step towards completing the basic structure of your new cigar box is to cut out the top. Using a straightedge and your Exacto knife or scissors, cut out the last piece of book-board.
Ensure that it is flush with all edges of your box.
Last Step – Put It All Together and Decorate
You can use decorative paper, scrapbooking sheets, or chalkboard tape to cover the inside and outside of your cigar box. After all of the cosmetics are handled, use either chalkboard tape or generic black masking tape to act as the hinges of your box.
Now – Fill Your New Box Up with Your Favorite Cigars!
Now you’ve got a perfectly good box for keeping all your cigars in one place. You can improve the storage of your new cigar box by adding a humidifying element. There are plenty of options available.
Anything from a piece of wet clay, a wet sponge, or even a wet paper towel placed into your cigar box will keep your prized smokes from drying out.
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