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  • Cigar box wood

    Yep I puff on stogies....[Don Rafael maduros, Dominican Republic]
    I get my cigars in wooden cigar boxes.
    I note that some seem to be made from really cheap pressed wood.
    I suspect it's low end press board.

    But, some are nicely made and are of real wood. I'd say about 3/16"-1/4" thick
    give or take.
    I wonder if any of you woodworkers have any clue as to typically what wood
    is used to make a wooden cigar box? There is a cedar insert, a slice maybe 1/32" thick
    Oh, the cigar size is 7 1/2x50 [typical]

    Some of my boxes even have nice hinges and latches. Other boxes just have a slide top.

    I wonder if any of you have recycled cigar box wood for other projects?

    Yes, I also use the boxes for storage and find them useful just as they are.

    for example:
    Dimensions are about 8" long, 4 1/2" wide, 4 1/4" tall and the sides are a very nice
    1/8" box joint. The top is a slide type with grooves/dado's on the sides.
    I think the thickness is close to 3/16" +/-

    Some of the boxes are stained but most are raw wood.

    Cactus Man

  • #2
    Re: Cigar box wood

    The "insert" is most likely Spanish Cedar. It's used in most Humidors on the market. I'm designing a Humidor for my son-n-law and have done some research. As far as the box, I don't believe there is any 1 wood species in particular used. Just a bit of craftsmanship in the construction.
    If at first you don't succeed, try reading the owners manual.


    • #3
      Re: Cigar box wood

      Long ago many were made of old growth redwood with maybe a cedar bottom.I still have maybe 200 feet of the rough stock from when it was cut.It was planed 1 side rough bandsawed the other side.Its really beautiful stuff.