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I bought this antique ice chest about 15 years ago at an auction. I was looking at it one day and thought,'that would make a great humidor'.

When I originally purchased it, it was painted green. I was living in a apartment in Toronto at the time, so I had to strip it on the balcony. At the time I thought the outer shell was pine, turns out it's hard maple.

I happy with the final results.

Here's a thread I started on the build.

Ice chest to humidor conversion


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Posts: 164 | Location: Windsor, Ont | Registered: March 20, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Congratulations, looks great, It was a good job.

How does it do holding humidity or is it too soon?


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Congratulations, looks great, It was a good job.

How does it do holding humidity or is it too soon?


It was holding well while I was seasoning it. It has held at 66% since I put the beads in. I guess winter will be the true test.


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great work mang!


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This is amazing work, congratulations.
One day, I will turn this useless piece of furniture in my room into a beautiful humidor.



 
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Nice! It looks great, how many smokes have you burned while working on it? Maybe the more important question is:
Has it been more relaxing than smoking said cigars?
 
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Nice! It looks great, how many smokes have you burned while working on it? Maybe the more important question is:
Has it been more relaxing than smoking said cigars?


It wasn't that bad. It took me less then two weeks , working here and there on it, but I did enjoy a few smokes while I worked.

And yes, I find wood working relaxing. You get a keen sense of accomplishment when you complete a project. Plus it lets me 'escape' from my occupation.


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Wow that chest looks awesome! I like the hidden drawer. That was a nice touch!


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I know what you mean about "escape" and "accomplishment." I find the same two things when I do little projects. Funny how cigar smoking and wood working have opposite effects on the object that you are focusing on but bring you the same satisfaction.
 
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The sense of accomplishment when one finishes something of that sort is a really enough reward. I really want to do something like that. The feeling of relaxing down on a chair with a cigar in your hands after all the hard work, with the product of your hard work lying in front of you. It's priceless.



 
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You did a nice job on that. I love the hidden accessory drawer.
 
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MTMouse: Ever since I saw yours, I have been looking for one to do myself. I love what you did, and think it would be enough room for what I have (5 humidors of varying size) it's just a matter of finding the icebox


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MTMouse: Ever since I saw yours, I have been looking for one to do myself. I love what you did, and think it would be enough room for what I have (5 humidors of varying size) it's just a matter of finding the icebox


Thanks for the compliments everyone.

I was lucky when I found it, 15 years ago. They didn't seem to have much value back then. I think I paid $125 to $150 for it at the time. I see them now for $800 to $1000, granted they are in better shape then mine was at the time.

I'm still keeping my eye out for another one as well, but I think I may make one....or more from scratch. I have found a site to get the hardware. After taking this one apart, I know I could build it from scratch.


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A thing of beauty. Fantastic work.


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Nice work.........


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