The Humidor

Marc Spagnuolo

The humidor will be a simple yet elegant desktop model approximately 10" W x 13 L x 5.5" D. The box will be made from veneered Spanish Cedar and will feature inlaid solid strips to protect the veneer and make the box more durable. An inner Spanish Cedar liner, a humidifier, and a hygrometer will help regulate humidity inside the box, a key element to storing cigars.

Not a cigar smoker? Me neither! And you can always skip the interior liner and use the box for jewelry, tea, or whatever else you might want to store in a classy box.

  • 13 lessons
  • 179 min
  • $79.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Getting Started on the Humidor

    Get the scoop on the materials you’ll need for the humidor project.

  2. Virtual Tour of the Humidor

    A detailed look at the humidor project and the techniques, materials, and hardware required to make it.

  3. Cigar History

    A quick look at the history of hand-rolled cigars in the US.

  4. Introduction to Veneer

    A basic introduction to working with veneer, a critical component of our humidor.

  5. Veneering

    Now that we know how to work with veneer, we can apply it to our project parts.

  6. Outer Box Assembly

    The outer box comes together quickly after cutting some grooves and rabbets.

  7. Decorative Trim

    To protect the fragile veneer and to give the box some visual punch, we’re adding solid wood trim!

  8. Quadrant Hinge Installation

    The seemingly complex quadrant hinge isn’t all that difficult to install!

  9. Pore-Filling and Finishing with Lacquer

    Sealing, pore-filling, and building up a lacquer finish in preparation for rubbing out.

  10. The Inner Liner

    The inner liner is what turns this box into a functional humidor!

  11. Rubbing out the Finish

    A three-step process yields perfect finishing results!

  12. Seasoning the Humidor

    Distilled water and a humidification system will get our humidor ready for cigars.

  13. Bonus: Vacuum Veneering

    Get a close look at my vacuum veneering setup.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (metric and imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Cigar history
  • What makes a good humidor
  • Box construction basics
  • Veneering on the cheap
  • Corner inlays
  • Installation of quadrant hinges
  • How to make a perfect high gloss lacquer finish

What You’ll Need:

  • Basic woodworking tools including Table Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer, and Router.


Very Classy

This project’s clear and detailed instructions made it extremely easy to complete, and help to easily get a grasp of all the steps which go into making boxes of this sort – many of which aren’t completely obvious if you were building from scratch without thinking it through very carefully first. Various small box building tricks are employed here, which all help to minimize the work and errors that can commonly crop up in these sorts of projects. Top notch, also very thorough thought with regards to constructing this for the purpose of a humidor.

Works fantastically and looks the part!

Guild Member

Also makes a great jewellery box

This is an outstanding video series for making a great looking box that can be used as a humidor, jewellery box or tea box. I added a two-level set of trays and made it as a jewellery box.

The series gives a great overview of veneering and demonstrates how easily it can be done even if you don’t have a veneer vacuum press. Each step in the build is thoroughly covered along with a discussion of reasons behind the design and construction decisions. The video series also gives a great demonstration of rubbing out a finish to achieve a smooth high gloss finish. I personally didn’t do this when I built this project but seeing this technique was quite valuable as I’ll likely use it at some point.

As with all of Mark’s Guild videos, the production quality, lighting, sound and editing are all the best in the business. Mark is a great teacher and ensures you have all the information to be successful.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.