Ever since I started smoking cigars, I’ve been saving empty boxes. At first it was simply a matter of having a cool box. Eventually the empty boxes served as great organizational tools for inside my coolidor.
I’ve been saving my boxes for so long that these days I do it out of habit. Every once in a while I get a call or visit from an uncle who asks for them, and I’m happy to turn them over. He uses them for a variety of things, mostly miscellanies storage.
As my stack of empty boxes grows, I find myself wondering what to do with these things. The last time I had to add an empty box to the stack it felt sort of like a game of reverse Jenga (my boxes are on a shelf and stacked to the ceiling in a closet).
One thought was to give my daughter a couple of boxes for crayons and other items. Playing that scenario out in my head literally made me chuckle. Could you imagine the reaction she might get if she were to take that cigar box full of crayons somewhere and an atni-tobacco zealot saw it?
One of the coolest things I’ve seen done with empty boxes is a floor lamp. While visiting Sir Stogies, at some point last year, I saw one sitting in the lounge. The lamp looked like a fantastic addition to a man cave / smoking lounge and I would love to have one, I just don’t have the desire to build one. Truth be told, it isn’t that hard to make, I would just be inclined to do something more difficult such as make a spiral shaped base. Cigar Box Guitars are rather popular, as are Cigar Box Clocks.
The most likely thing to happen with my empty boxes (that is, the ones I don’t give away) is that I’ll use them for storage (perhaps reloading supplies when I finally get around to ordering the rest of my setup) or they will become wooden pencil / crayon cases. I wonder though, what do you do the readers of Stogie Review do with their empty cigar boxes?