Dealing with Sappy Spanish Cedar
I have a humidor that I built and lined with Spanish cedar. The trouble is, the cedar leaks sap, which then collects on the cigar boxes. Every six months, I remove the sap with acetone and resand the cedar, but the sap always returns. What can I do?
John Vance, Kirkland, WA
Unfortunately, there’s no good way to draw the sap out of Spanish cedar. Replacing the lining in your humidor with clean pieces of cedar is the best option.
Just be very picky when you buy it. If it’s not bleeding in the lumberyard, you shouldn’t have a problem later.
If the current lining must stay, there are a couple of ways to deal with the problem. As you’ve found, wiping the sap away with acetone lasts only so long. Heating the cedar, such as with a heat gun, may draw some of the…