About Our Cabinets
We plane the dried lumber ourselves when your print is pulled and placed in the "build line up", which starts
the entire process. Your cabinet is hand crafted in every operation from selecting the lumber to the
final finish. This gives us greater control over the quality of your display than what is possible in a "production"
The knife "rests" are made from antler. Each one is selected, cut, sanded, and shaped by hand. A slot
is then cut into the rest which holds the blade end of the knife so that your knife will sit down into the antler rest,
rather than just on top of it. This design prevents your knives from sliding forward, and falling off the display rests, and
possibly causing damage. The antler pieces are buffed to a high sheen for a very elegant look overall. The
knife rests can be made from wood as well, for those of you not interested in the look of antler.
The door knobs, or "pulls", are also cut from antler and buffed to a high sheen which provides
a unique look that completes the overall theme of the cabinet. For those of you not interested in the look of antler, we also
use a bronze door pull to match the hinges. These door pulls are very popular on cabinets with wood rests. We are
happy to use other pulls if you prefer, just state your preference when ordering.
Hand painted wildlife scenes are available on the face of the antler
door pulls, and are available in several styles. Click on the "Options Available" tab in the navigation bar
to view photos of the various knobs. These knobs are ordered when you place the order for your cabinet. Depending on everyone's
schedule, the painted knob could hold things up a bit, but well worth the wait in my opinion.
Hand painted wildlife scenes are also available on the curved top,
or "Deluxe" style door rails. These scenes are absolutely beautiful and together with a painted knob, are
a way to customize your cabinet to your own personal taste.
Interior lighting is available in both electric fluorescent, and battery powered LED fixtures. There are advantages
and disadvantages to each style... these are discussed on the "options available" page.
We install a magnetic latch to keep the door in the closed position if displaying on a surface such
as a desk or tabletop that is not perfectly level. Keyed locks are available on custom orders as well for those of you with
children, or just to prevent others from opening the door and touching your collection.
Double strength glass
panels in the doors provide a clear view of your collection while still preventing the knives from being easily touched. The
glass is dry fitted in the shop, then removed and packaged separately for shipping. It is shipped inside of the
box with your new Dorris Display. You will need to install it after receiving, with the mounting clips and screws provided.
We previously shipped with the glass installed, but had too many of them crack during transit. There is not
much more that is as disappointing than to wait for months on a custom built cabinet only to find the glass cracked
upon arrival. Even though we have additional packaging this way on our end, we find it is better for you if we ship in this
back is covered with high quality, and expensive velvet (not felt) material which is normally stocked in black, navy
blue, dark hunter green, bright red, dark red, and burgundy. Other colors may be available upon request. We will check
the availability and try everything possible to get the color you desire through a supplier.
finish we choose is one of the best available. Our displays have three coats of clear Danish Oil hand rubbed into the wood.
We use an oil finish because it protects the piece, enhances the natural grain pattern, and gives you all the magnificence
you would expect from a hand made piece. The colors you see in the photos. of the various cabinets are the result of
the wood's natural beauty, enhanced but not changed by the oil. Each cabinet is wet sanded with fine grit paper between
each of the three coats of oil (one coat per day) to allow the finish to penetrate deeply into the wood, filling the pores.
Once the pores are filled, much more light reflects off the surface as opposed to getting trapped down inside of the pores
resulting in a nice, smooth surface. Although this method is somewhat time consuming, we prefer to invest the extra time
into the piece rather than just brushing on a simple coat or two of polyurethane, or using a high production spray-on finish.
This way there are no artificial surface coats to chip or peel, crystallize in the sun's UV rays, or show evident and
pronounced wear on frequent contact spots such as doors and drawers. The overall result is a beautiful cabinet that is protected
and much smoother to the touch.
There is also an additional finish of bee's wax upon request. Three coats of wax is applied over the Danih oil, each being
buffed to a high sheen. The bee's wax finish is also a hand rubbed and hand buffed procedure that provides protection
from water/moisture, feels smooth, and looks great! The cost of the added wax finish over the oil is an additional $20.00
Just mention that you would like to have it added when placing your order.
Any questions or concerns, please feel
free to contact us for more detailed info., we are most happy to help.