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  1. Update 5: Its been a little slow going lately, sorry. We’re in the middle of a pool install that’s taking priority. I did get the bottom lined: And have the ceiling pieces roughly cut to size. They just need some minor edge trimming to fit the not so square interior. Next update should have the ceiling in and the back wall installation (and possibly side walls). Then I can start addressing center cabinet support for shelves/drawers and working on the layout.
  2. I can only dream of having a walk-in, so I have to relevant experience. But I wanted to share a video series of a guy that’s done a similar closet (maybe a little smaller). Not sure if you’ve seen it or not, but he goes through his whole process over several videos. He chose an interesting species to line the closet with, that I don’t think I would have, but it works for him. Good luck and keep us posted.
  3. Update 4: Doesn’t look like much, but stripping and sanding this beast was a process. I also had to swap shops. I ran out of elbow room and floor space for the table and miter saws in the big garage. So, the 76 Jeep CJ5 temporarily lost its home in the single garage and has to sleep with the wife’s car for a while. But that’s all behind me. Sanding is done and first strip of 1/4 cedar is in and drying. I’m gluing the strips that line the front since they’re so narrow for a snug fit. I think I’ll edge band the door openings with some unbacked mahogany veneer. Till next time Chris
  4. Thanks. You’re absolutely right. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to as well. That’s my weekend. Strip, sand and condition the whole cabinet. Next update it’ll be down to bare wood. After that I’ll move on to the sexy interior humidor stuff and wait to stain and seal toward the end. It’ll be flipped on it’s side several times before then anyway. I act like it’s a chore, but it’s not a bad way to spend a rainy weekend.
  5. Update 3 Got the top glued back together and put back in its place. I didn’t get the gap completely closed, but it’s much better. Cleaned it up and put down a coat of Restor-a-finish to see how well it covered up the stains. Did the same to one of the panels on the really bad side. I got as much of the white off as I could without stripping into the wood and put a coat on. It definitely looks better and has some luster, but it doesn’t blend or cover stains like I’d hoped. This is the Golden Oak version and is the lightest I’ve attempted to use. The darker colors definitely cover better. Normally I wouldn’t be going little piece by piece like this, but I was afraid this might not work as well I hoped and I was right. So I’m a little torn at this point. I like antiques to look old and worn so the stains don’t bother me at all. But, it’s going to be a ton of work to get that side looking decent when stripping it down and staining the whole ice box wouldn’t be much more effort. I think I’d have to go darker with a new stain though. What do you guys think? Keep going this route or stain the whole cabinet? In other news, I got some goodies from Bob Staebell today: Awesome guy and a pleasure to deal with. He even called me before he shipped to make sure it will fit my needs. I tried to goad him out of retirement, but no dice. Sorry guys! Chris
  6. Good timing on this post. I'll be putting Govee LED RGB strips in the cabinet I’m converting and came across these as well. I was hoping somebody around here was using them and could provide some feedback on their experience. Glad to hear you like it.
  7. Just some minor finish testing today. I'm really hoping I can get away with just a good cleaning, some Restor-a-Finish, a good waxing and call it good. I've had good results with the product on some previous restorations, so I'm hopeful. I don't want a new looking finish. I'd like to keep some of the character of the piece. But... It looks like a previous owner tried to white wash it or paint it previously. It's only bad on one side and spots on the doors. I really don't want to have to sand this out, so I'm up for suggestions. In the meantime, I cleaned up the doors and gave them a good coat of Restor-a-Finish. Before: After: It definitely brought out some hidden luster. We'll see how turns out after it sets up for a day or two. That's all for today.
  8. How quickly a year goes by. I picked this icebox up last May and gutted the inside. Good intentions aside, life and other projects pushed this to the back burner. It's been sitting in the garage since; whispering my name every time I pass, and mocking me as I complete other Honey-dos. I finally have the time to get back to it and have since sourced some 1/4 Spanish cedar to slap in her. Probably nowhere near enough, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. And the ambient humidity here will be mid 60s to high 70s through the summer, so no time like the present. My apologies, but @BTWheezy level craftsman I am not. But I'll do my best. On with the show! It's an early 20th century Herrick from Waterloo, Iowa and should look something like this restored on the outside: Mine is missing the water spigot on the front, so if anyone knows where I might find one, I'd greatly appreciate it. Like I said, I gutted it last year and have since built an interior plywood box and silicon sealed all the seams and cracks. I've also taken the door interior boxes apart and cleaned them up. The ice box and the doors were insulated with what I'm hoping was rockwool, but I treated as hazardous. That's how she sits right now. I'm excited to get back to it and see where it goes. I hope you enjoy the process.
  9. Haven't had the pleasure of experiencing Cuba. Some day I hope to.
  10. I agree with smoking after dining. A very satisfying experience.
  11. So the Bond Roberts 1978 Du Roi auction sent me down an interwebs rabbit hole researching "vintage" cigars, and I came across this 2012 article about a cigar tasting centered around a five course meal. Here's the article if you so desire: While they're obviously smoking fabulous cigars and dining on fabulous courses, I couldn't help but wonder if I would enjoy the experience. It's hard enough for me to pair the right drink with my smoke, I can't imagine trying to discern all the different flavors of eating as well. So, I pose the question to the more experienced out there. Have you tried eating and smoking? Do you find it enjoyable? How do you keep from overwhelming your cigar? On a side, I made a run on those Du Roi, but it got too rich for my blood rather quickly. Congrats to the winner!
  12. Geez, you guys are never happy! Always complaining about tent pegs or wind tunnels, so Cuba develops an adjustable draw insert and you guys still freak out!
  13. Yes I did. Now that you mention it, I do remember it going on your doors. Thanks for all the help.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions fellas. I’m leaning toward sanding. I have the equipment and proper respirator. I’m not real keen to stripping inside the box. @BuzzArd, I’m in North Texas and we’ll average 60-70 rh through the summer. I was hoping storing the cedar in my garage for a month or so would suffice. How much expansion did you experience? Also, did notice any moisture transference to the structure of the ice box? I’m debating applying a vapor barrier to the interior, then lining with 1/4” cedar.
  15. One of my favorites for sure. The speed at which his mind worked is baffling. I can’t even pretend to imagine what it was like in his head. Comedically genius, but most likely pretty tormenting.
  16. I’m repurposing a 3 door antique ice box into a humidor. I know it’s been done to death, but I love them and have wanted to do this for a very long time. Found a great deal on the style I was after, so it’s time to start. But...most that I’ve seen are lined with metal or porcelain and maybe at one time this one was too, but it doesn’t look like it. It has the metal tub that lines the bottom, and had the metal shelf where the ice block was placed (I’ve already removed the shelf). The rest of the interior is all painted wood. If it was fully lined with metal, I had planned on just sealing and using cedar shelving. Much like @BuzzArd did with his. But since it’s not, I’ll have to line the entire interior with cedar. No big deal, but I’m not sure what to do about that paint. I don’t think it’s original, as it was pretty haphazardly applied. So, do I need to strip it all out before lining with cedar or is there a sealer I can apply over it? My concern being something in the paint leeching into the cedar. Should I even be concerned about that? I’ve done some simple restorations/refinishing on tables and dressers and such. But never anything that will be this functional. On the plus side, since there isn’t a prebuilt metal box on the inside, once the wooden divider plank is out, it’ll be a wide open cabinet.
  17. I have to get back to Germany. Didn't venture to Berlin much in the 2 years I was there, so I need to rectify that!
  18. Started in high school on the golf course smoking Macanudos with my step-dad in the mid-90s. I'm sure Mom was thrilled. Would have the occasional cigar through the college years and trips to Vegas, but largely just socially. Always enjoyed it, but never put forth the effort or expense to make it a habit. Fast forward to Iraq in 2006, and the stress relief it offered was unparralleled. Bought a humidor as soon as we redeployed to Germany!
  19. Fuente and Illisione still make quite excellent candellas. Different profile for sure, and I can't say it would be a go to stick for me everyday. Every generation has their preferences. Current jawbreakers for example.
  20. I've been curious about the flat flames before. Much more justifiable price wise. I've never used or seen one up close, so I always questioned whether they were more gimmick than utility.
  21. No doubt! Just thought it was cool for the collectors out there. They'll certainly fetch more on the secondary market.
  22. I could never justify the $$$, but one hell of a knife manufacturer and I guarantee you the quality is top notch: Any takers? If you could even find one. Gold Class limited production.
  23. The first I can recall is a 1979 Ford LTD: Red on Red leather/vinyl/whatever slick skin was used back then. I remember, because somebody left a black ball point pen within reach and I gladly used to turn the backseat into my personal canvas. I'll never forget the look on my Dad's face at the discovery.
  24. Then I'd say it all depends on how well taken care of it is. You don't have to question the quality of an Aristicrat, just the abuse it has or hasn't taken.

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