How to Build Your Own Spanish Cedar Cigar Humidor

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How to Build Your Own Spanish Cedar Cigar Humidor
Humidors maintain the texture and flavour of cigars. (smoken cigar image by Bradlee Mauer from

Essentially, a humidor is a humidity controlled wooden box of any size that maintains the quality of cigars. Without a humidor, the tobacco leaves inside a cigar will lose flavour and texture. Using a Spanish Cedar lining enhances the flavour of any cigar and the wood is a natural humidity regulator. Although not necessary, it can only enhance the quality of your humidor.

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Things you need

  • Hygrometer
  • Magnetic humidifier
  • Hardwood (for exterior)
  • Spanish cedar (for interior)
  • Polyurethane
  • Wood glue
  • Hinges
  • 18 gauge pneumatic nails
  • Nail gun
  • Knobs
  • Sandpaper
  • Steel wool

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  1. 1

    Determine the size of the humidor you want to build. A humidor measuring 18-by-9-by-6 inches can hold approximately 50 cigars.

  2. 2

    Choose a wood for the exterior of your humidor. Cherry and Walnut are commonly used, but more exotic woods can be used to give your humidor an extra bit of character.

  3. 3

    Cut the exterior wood to your desired dimensions. The bottom should be cut smaller than the top (the lid), so the four sides of the humidor will cover the exposed bottom edges. Exterior panels are typically 1 inch thick.

  4. 4

    Assemble the exterior panels, including the lid, using high quality wood glue and nails. Use the hinges to attach the lid to the back panel. Clamp the pieces together and allow the glue to bond to the wood. The glue, at a minimum, will take one hour to dry. Once dry, remove the clamps and nail all pieces together for extra tightness and holding power.

  5. 5

    Sand the interior and exterior of the humidor using sandpaper of your choice.

  6. 6

    Coat the entire interior and exterior with your preferred choice of polyurethane or stain. Use steel wool to sand the polyurethane in between coats.

  7. 7

    Glue a lining of Spanish Cedar on the interior of the humidor. The dimensions of the Spanish Cedar should be the same as the exposed interior panels of the humidor. The lining should be a maximum of 3/8-inch thick. Use wood glue for this step. It is important to leave the exposed surface of the Spanish Cedar intact for optimum quality.

  8. 8

    Install the hygrometer and magnetic humidifier. Glue the humidifier and base to the inside of the humidor lid. The humidifier can be removed and refilled as necessary. Attach the hygrometer by drilling a hole in the centre of the front panel and using wood glue to permanently attach the hygrometer in the hole. Ensure the hygrometer sensors are rear-mounted and dangle on the inside of the humidor.

  9. 9

    Mount knobs or handles on the lid of the humidor for easy opening. These can be selected from your favourite hardware store and screwed in to the lid.

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