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    I've been cutting for about 10 months now. I'd like to offer this suggestion for beginners et al. I stop at a couple Cigar stores in Ohio. I ususally take a friend with me that appreciates a good cigar. While I am there, I inquire about what boxes and lids are available. These are usually made of spanish cedar or other types of 1/4 inch plywood. Not ideal for that project your going to hang on the wall forever. But, great for getting started on a BUDGET. They'll usually give them away... Try it.
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    Nice cutting! I use Spanish ceder all the time, and it is a very nice wood. I soak the project in a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. It brings out the deep rich color of the wood.
    Dan in So.Ca.

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    • #3
      I love working with Spanish Cedar too, but if I could get my hands on some cigar boxes there's no way I would cut them up!
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      Last edited by Forester21; 09-27-2011, 05:27 AM. Reason: auto spell changing words on me...
      Theresa

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      • #4
        Great looking project and wood.

        First, if the Spanish Cedar works for you, there's no reason to stop using it, but reading your post reminds me of one of the first things I learned years ago and I though I'd share it with everyone.

        Be careful not to go too cheap when budgeting for the wood to use for a project. You'll be putting dozens or hundreds of hours into the project and using a cheap wood to save a few dollars just doesn't make sense.

        Just compare a complex fretwork piece made from Baltic Birch with the same piece made from Pine Plywood. The same number of hours were put into each, but the bb looks elegant while the pp looks like cheap plywood. The same applies to hardwood vs pine boards.

        If you can get quality wood for free or cheap, that's great, but think twice before just using a cheap looking piece of wood just to save a few dollars.

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        • #5
          There is a difference between "cheap" and "inexpensive". The Spanish cedar in this case I would consider to be very inexpensive. But you make a good point Markdavd.

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          Theresa

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          • #6
            , FlashWills for the information. I agree that some of the cigar boxes aren't special and could be used for practice cutting. It is a good inexpensive way to practice and learn without spending much money on throwaways. However, I do agree that some of the boxes are pretty nice, and it is a shame to cut them up. Take care kind sir.

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