How To Build A Cigar Humidor

Free PDF plans for how to build a humidor: would you like to make a humidor? The construction of our walk-in humidor is another example of how we continue to develop the fusion of the past and future in the cigar world by using traditional, natural materials according to cutting edge theory in science and technology. I glued the bottom cedar piece to the bottom of the wine box first, then the four sides. Measure the size of the drawer inside the cabinet that will contain the humidor.

Direct contact with sunlight will fade the wood and cause the internal temperature to rise above acceptable levels, while rapid changes in temperature that may occur near a heating or air-conditioning vent may damage the humidor as well as any cigars contained inside of it. An airtight plastic humidor will normally over-humidify your cigars and cause them to get moldy or burst open. If you decide on this project, please feel free to PM me and I would be more than happy to help you any way I can, and even help you ‘Find’ stuff on the internet to help you build your Humidor. The capacity of the humidor should be taken into consideration when designing a humidor.

In our years of experience including sales to numerous retailers, people tend to purchase a smaller cigar humidor and within a year are having to upgrade to a larger cigar humidor. If you see moisture condensing on the lid or collecting in the bottom , make sure you wipe it off when turning the cheese. Keeping them stored in a new women’s stocking is a perfect way to store them in the humidor. All cigar smokers agree, though: for longer than a day or two, you either need to smoke it or get it in a humidor. I also added a small chamfer to the top and bottom of the lid and the top of the main box.

Dip the foam into the propylene glycol/water solution to dampen it. Do not soak the foam, as this will cause a dramatic increase in humidity. We are in the process of looking for new workshop space here in Virginia and hope to resume DIY kit production in the next few weeks. Soak the oasis foam and put it in the box and it should help keep it around 70. I would put it in Tupperware with some cedar if it is included in the box to keep a seal.

I just hope it is helpful to dispel some myths and disinformation that make cigar care more difficult, and more expensive than it has to be. For those who wish to go the ritualistic route, knock yourselves out. If you want to keep a few cigars safe and fresh on your next vacation, then a travel cigar humidor is your solution or even a small 25 desk top cigar humidor.


The bottom of the outside box is typically a ¼ in. piece of plywood which is inserted into a horizontal groove or dado in the sides of the box approximately ¼ in. from the top edge. Anyone know where I can find plans to building a cabinet humidor including an electrical plug on the cabinet for powering the humidifier. This is the secret ingredient” in all regulating agents such as Credo’s Special Care solution.

Most passive humidifiers are charged with a 50/50 solution of PG and distilled water. I’m not criticizing someone else’s work, well yes I am. If I was going to spend the time to build a custom humidor it would definetly be more of a custom piece than that. A walk-in humidor can be built and designed from scratch or it can be a room that undergoes significant renovations. I taped the box with painters tape where the kerf of the saw would be cutting through to eliminate tear out.

The reason is that most Humidors dry up during storage and building back the humidity will take a few days as the lined wood inside the humidor ‘conditions’ to a relatively stable humidity. Larger humidors like cabinet and table humidors may be made out of a heavier material like marble. If you are having trouble with plastic smell, place a small box of baking soda inside the cooler and let sit for a day or so. The humidity inside the humidor is relative to the temperature (Relative Humidity).

If it doesn’t or your RH is higher, I suggest you just leave the lid of your humidor open for a few hours to help dry out the interior. Personally I went across the border since ordering a piece was much cheaper in the US. I ordered a 4 foot by 2 foot for $25 and split that with my brother-in-law who was also making a humidor of his own. Consider the value – both emotional and financial – of the collection that you are going to keep in the humidor. If you do have mold on the cigars you’ll want to remove them from your humidor and thoroughly clean out the humidor with isopropyl.

If your humidor becomes afflicted with these insects, freeze the contaminated cigars for 48 hours, then transfer them to the refrigerator for an additional 24 hours before returning them to your humidor. If your humidor has been left open for a few days and the humidity inside of it has evaporated, simply re-prepare it as you did when it was new. It would be better to get the smallest-possible humidor for your uses, with the best-quality components. Gives you an idea on whether you need just shelves for box storage, or drawers for singles storage or a mix. A package of humidor beads costs between $18 and $20, but will likely never need to be replaced, just recharged.

If you have scissors or a more expensive guillotine cutter, consider anchoring it to your humidor with an elegant chain, which will guarantee that the cutter will be available whenever you want it. The entire box should be balanced, both when left open or when closed (the last thing you want is to have your box tumble off the desk because the lid is too heavy or bounce when the unit is opened).

Inside of the humidor should be made or lined with either Spanish Cedar or Rose Wood. Just empty out your change jar (or bank account, as the case may be) and purchase a fine humidor. I’m keeping any features that make it look nice off this design template for now since it just takes time to design (which I’m in short supply of). Chisel the wood of your closet to make new hinges for the glass door or buy wooden hinges.