Turn an Old End Table Into a Cigar Humidor




Introduction: Turn an Old End Table Into a Cigar Humidor

Take an older cabinet style end table and repurpose to a cigar humidor that can hold over 500 cigars. Most humidor cabinets will run close to $500 dollars or more but with a little effort you can build one for considerably less.

Step 1: Find a Suitable End Table.

Look at your local flee market, Salvation army, or goodwill stores for a wooden cabinet style end table. Look for one that's big enough to hold your favorite cigars and in a style you like. I found one for $5 at a flee market. If it has one door like the one pictured above it will work best to keep humidity levels correct.

Step 2: Disassemble

Disassemble the top of the cabinet and take off the door. Run a bead of silicone along all the sides and all the corners. this will help seal the humidity.

Step 3: Line With Cedar

Measure the floor and cut pieces of cedar to fit and screw them in with stainless steel screws. Do the same with the sides. Then reattach the door and close it. measure the space and install cedar to the door. Finally reinstall the top. run a bead of silicone around the sides and top measure and install cedar. If you desire a shelf to help organize make cleats and screw into the four sides. Measure and cut a piece of cedar. Leave a gap so that the air can circulate. Now you have a cedar lined chamber

Step 4: Humidifier and Hygrometer

Buy a humidifier unit from your favorite cigar store and a hygrometer. These two items are what make it a humidor . Drill a hole in the back panel just large enough for the power cord to make it through pull cord through about three feet then seal hole with silicone. Using a holesaw drill a hole the same diameter as your hygrometer in the door. Slide in the hygrometer and seal it in place by placing a bead of silicone behind the unit from the interior of the door.

Step 5: Fill, Plugin and Enjoy

Find a comfy spot for your humidor cabinet to sit. Fill the water cell with distilled water per instructions for the unit. Plug in and wait a few hours check to see if the hygrometer is calibrated properly if not follow directions listed in the instructions. Once your humidor is at 70% you can fill it with your favorite cigars. Keep an eye on the humidification unit. You will have to periodically fill the water cell with distilled water. Now you have a cigar humidor that holds at least 500 of you favorite smokes and looks great next to your favorite chair.

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    4 years ago

    I read on a high end humidor website that African Sapele is another option for lining the inside of your humidor. This particular website listed the merits of African Sapele over Spanish Cedar as being more resistant and tolerant to humidity and it being more durable. I don't know first hand, every one I've made is lined with Spanish Cedar because I love it's aroma. Spanish Cedar is also more economical than African Sapele from what I have seen.


    5 years ago

    Spanish cedar is not really cedar despite the name. It's actually a type of mahogany. make sure you let people know not to use real cedar because it will ruin the taste of your cigars.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    ^ is right, spanish cedar is not to be interchanged with any sort of true cedar. If spanish cedar is not an option for your situation, I would recommend white oak, maple, or even fir. Best non spanish cedar option would be something like reclaimed oak from wine or scotch whiskey barrels. Never, use laminated woods for the liner of your humidor either. The chemical odors will seep into your cigars and the humidity will cause warpage and peeling of the layers.

    Good instructable, and makes a grand humidor.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't know that cigars were kept in humidors. It looks really cool with the hygrometer in the door. Thanks for sharing! I hope we see more from you in the future!