I was browsing the forums today and came across Jason Wong’s cigar box yoyo case. I was inspired to say the least. I immediately started calling around to find the materials to make one myself.
My first stop was the local cigar shop. I told them I was looking for some empty boxes, and they brought out at least 30 boxes for me to browse. I picked the 3 I thought had the most potential and brought them to the counter. The shop owner then said that the boxes were not for sale. He told me I could take which ever ones I liked, as long as I made a small donation to the local charity he supported. He suggested $5 for all 3 boxes. I then grabbed one of my favorite cigars off of the shelf (which was only $6), handed him a $20, and told him to keep the change. He was so grateful I couldn’t believe it. I have seen similar quality boxes for sale online for as much as $20 each, so the $14 dollars I gave him felt like a steal anyways. I suppose this was my good karma deposit for the day, which was about to pay out handsomely.
The next stop was The Foam Shop. I found it on google maps and was guessing it was a small store for craftsmen / hobby enthusiasts. When I arrived at their location, a Walmart sized warehouse stood looming in front of me. I opened the door and walked in to find a sea of large machinery, forklifts, and technicians working busily. Carrying my favorite cigar box, I weaved my way through the labyrinth in search of the office sector of the shop. The offices were full of people drafting various custom foam cases on their computers. I walked up to one of the employees and told him I was looking for a foam insert for the cigar box I was holding. He asked me how many I wanted, and when I said 1, the whole office chuckled and sighed. The man took my box in the back and told me to wait a few minutes. 4 minutes later, my cigar box was filled with a flawless and form fitting foam insert. He looked at me, shook my hand, and told me that this one was on the house. I was so dumb founded by their generosity that I must have thanked them a hundred times. Looks like that little donation payed off!
When I got home, I cut a few holes using a small tomato paste can, and voila!..
I am now the proud owner of a classy cigar box display case!
Here is the finished product.