How to Make Cigar Boxes

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While the popularity of smoking in general is slowly taking a downturn, the popularity of cigars is still high. Long viewed as a symbol of class and success, cigars are often kept in one's office. However, wherever cigars are stored, they should be kept in a box of their own to protect them. Additionally, making one is often a great deal cheaper than buying a specialty cigar box.

Decide how many cigars you want your box to hold. Measure the length and thickness of your cigars and write down the measurements. If you want your box to hold a row of 10 cigars, then the width of your box should be a little bit larger than those cigars. The same goes if you want to have more than one row of cigars; your box's height should take that into account.

Draw a blueprint. This should show your cigar box's length, width and height, and all measurements should be filled in. Measure the lengths of wood you'll need, cut them and line up the lengths to make sure your box is shaped how you want.

Sand the edges of your wood. This isn't strictly necessary, but it does make your box smoother and more professional looking. Also, if you want to stain or paint your cigar box, do it now, because it will be easier to stain or paint the individual pieces before they're assembled.

Assemble your box. Finishing nails should be small enough to use without damaging your wood. Put the pieces that make up the four walls of your box on the outside of the floor of the box and drive in the nails from the side. This provides extra room for the contents. Wood glue can be used to assemble your cigar box also, but when used in conjunction with nails, wood glue will add extra strength to your cigar box.

Attach the lid. The lid should sit with a little space along the back wall for easy opening, and the back of the lid should be attached with hinges so it flips up. If nails are too long to practically attach the hinges, wood glue may be used, but as with the rest of the box, using both together is the ideal solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Wood (recommend 1/4-inch thickness)
  • Carpenter's square/straight edge
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Paint/stain (optional)
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Hinges