This page contains crucial details about Group F, the group your ClimaCab is being built in. We'll regularly share photo collages and offer updates upon reaching specific milestones. As the construction advances, we'll provide approximate dates for when the cabinet is expected to arrive at the finisher's shop for lacquering and staining (if applicable), and ultimately, its completion date. It's important to note that various factors such as equipment malfunctions, illnesses, family situations, and more, may impact the schedule.
Once the ClimaCab nears the completion date, 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 email@example.com or 608-844-8460.
We've secured all the lumber, with some sourced from as distant locations as Hawaii and Africa. The initial stages of cutting "blanks" are underway. We currently maintain ample inventory levels of common wood species like Northern White Ash, Cherry, and Flame Maple, consistently replenishing our stock. Typically, we initiate the process with these common wood types and await the arrival of exotic or harder-to-find domestic species before proceeding to cut those blanks.
The initial phases involve arranging numerous boards on carts and transporting them to different stations within the Hickory Ridge Woodworking workshops. Each board is labeled for individual orders and for commonly used parts shared among our display options. To track every order effectively throughout the entire construction process, specific numbers are inscribed on the ends of the boards.
Comprehensive records of all particulars are recorded on a document known as a "Build Sheet". These sheets are created by either Adam or Ryan and thoroughly reviewed with you, as well as the builder. We meticulously attend to every detail and, in the event of any revisions, promptly substitute the build sheet at the shop with the latest version. In specific cases, intricate shop drawings are crafted to guarantee the inclusion of all components and to generate precise cut lists for certain cabinets.
The blanks have been finished, and the subsequent stage is what we refer to as "pre-milling." This encompasses activities like flat planing, joining, rip sawing, and trimming to length. We expect to conclude these steps in the upcoming weeks. Following pre-milling, the process transitions to milling, with the pieces advancing to the next workshop where joinery cuts are executed along the edges.
All slat wall has been cut to length and the edge profile has been cut.
Great things are happening in the shop over the last couple of weeks. All doors for the upper sections are complete and ready for hand sanding next.
After finishing the panel/framing stage, the construction team will proceed to the crucial step of assembling the lower section. Once the lower section is put together, it can be temporarily set aside, allowing the team to advance further with additional work on the upper section.
To manage the production flow effectively, we often divide the build group into segments before transporting them to Southside Finishing. The shop can handle a limited number of these large cabinets simultaneously, typically around 10-15 ClimaCabs, depending on various factors such as width and customization level.
For ClimaCabs with down payment dates before the second week of April 2023, the initial batch, comprising the first six units, is projected to be sent to Southside Finishing in the second week of January 2024. The finishing process, including transit time, is estimated to take approximately 14 days, with an additional 2 days per ClimaCab for the final steps in the build shop.
Following this initial group, 28 ClimaCabs remain to be completed and sent to Southside Finishing. We plan to divide them into two groups of 14, and the page will be updated with estimated arrival dates for each group at Southside Finishing.