ClimaCab Build Update Page


Your ClimaCab is well underway and we're happy to share the first updates. We have a few photos to share from progress so far and will continue to update this page with more photos, updates, and approximate completion dates as that time nears.  In addition, we will be in touch with you regarding shipping. 

Please bookmark this page and revisit it as frequently as you'd like.  As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us at or 608-844-8460.

Beginning Stages

In the first part of the ClimaCab construction, the lumber is fashioned into "blanks".  Blanks are lumber rough cut to size (length x width) which are then planed down to the desired 7/8" thickness. From this point on, the pieces are numbered and coded to ultimately become component pieces of your ClimaCab.  The first stages of any ClimaCab batch involve many hundreds of pieces moving from station to station on carts inside of Hickory Ridge Woodworking.  These steps are rather unexciting, yet fundamental to creating a world-class humidor and display cabinet.


Next, the blanks are further fashioned into ClimaCab components by flat planing, joining, rip sawing, and trimming to length.  This creates many scrap pieces which are collected and usually burned in numerous wood stoves over the winter months.


As the build progresses, the pieces get milled.  Milling is a general term which refers to cutting joinery or other necessary cuts on the edges of the pieces to combine them together.  In the example shown below, the pieces which make up the lower section panels (found on the doors and the sides of the lower section) have grooves on one piece and protruding tongues on the other.  These elements interlock at the four corners to create the frame surrounding the hardwood panel. Each groove has several small oval rubber balls inserted along the length that provide a soft cushion to accommodate the natural expansion or contraction of the panel in response to fluctuations in humidity and temperature.



6/25/24 Update

As of today, the panels for the lower section and the joinery cuts on the front edge of the panels and the front face frame were being completed.  The lock miter joint, resembling an "S" shape, is an exceptionally strong joint that brings two component pieces together at a perfect right angle.  This joint its cut on a custom shaper that requires skill and knowledge of how to use appropriately and safely.


In addition, the doors are completely assembled and were being sanding to final size.  They still have sharp edges on them, which will eventually be rounded over and hand-sanded to a smooth finish.


 7/2/2024 Update

The assembly of the upper section has begun, which requires a lot of clamps and wood glue.  The lower section is coming up next!