Pieces built from select, or special, woods will
be featured on this page as we get time to take photos, get re-sized, uploaded, etc. The photos shown here are examples of
figured woods. Other woods are available upon request. Check with us to see if we can get a special or exotic wood that you
would like to have used for your cabinet. From time to time we get wood with extremely nice grain, or unusual one
of a kind patterns, and save it back for a special project. When cutting logs into boards we occasionaly find treasure
that may have beautiful spalting, nice burl grain, etc., and have just enough to build only one piece from
it. These custom pieces will be shown on this page as examples. If any piece is available for purchase it will be listed on
the "Pieces Available Now" page.
If you are thinking of a special, rare, or exotic wood for your custom piece(s) or set of cabinets, please
feel free to contact us with your ideas. Many exotic woods are available with some having very limited quantities. We'll
check several suppliers to find the best price when purchasing to keep your cost as low as possible.
Thank you for choosing Dorris Wood Creations for your custom displays, it is greatly appreciated.
below: Photos of hand tools used for inlay and beading work. This work is available but is considerably time
consuming. You can inquire to see if it may be available on your custom piece.
below: Curly Maple Deluxe
Curly Maple Deluxe
This large cabinet holds 11 knives pointing right to display the Ruana name. Set it up "ambidextrous" style to
allow for displaying knives pointing left or right. The curly maple is nicely figured with the grain popping after the finish
is complete. This one has custom top of the line dovetail joinery, and the deluxe style top rail with custom Ruana Knives
logo engraved and went to one of the owners of Ruana Knives in Bonner, Montana. note: This logo needs to be approved on an
individual basis if desiring to have it on your cabinet.
- black velvet
-antler knife rests
- antler door pull
- keyed lock
- custom engraving
*(Click on each photo to enlarge it.)
Below: "Curly" Maple
Above, a custom cabinet
made from "Curly" Maple. This one holds 5 knives, has black velvet for the background, door is hinged on right,
with rests and door pull custom made from antler. It measures 21" tall x 15" wide.
The grain on this maple
"pops" right off the surface at you, absolutely beautiful figure!
Please note: I didn't
have anything to do with the figure of the wood, that is all God's handiwork. : )
This particular cabinet
prices at $879.32
another custom cabinet made from "Curly" Maple. This one holds 8 knives, has the optional "deluxe
style" top door rail, dark red velvet for the background, optional keyed lock, door is hinged on right,
with rests and door pull custom made from antler. It measures 26" tall x 16" wide.
The grain on this maple
also "pops" right off the surface at you, amazing figure in the speical curly maple!
Please note: I didn't have anything to do with the figure of the wood, that is all God's handiwork.
This particular cabinet prices at $1171.62
Special Highly Figured Maple - Dovetail Joints
This cabinet was custom made from a wood that is a rare find. A highly
figured maple with absolutely amazing grain. This log came
through and was incredibly beautiful! A grain pattern that had not been seen is a couple of generations of running the large
lumber company we use for a supplier. We bought the entire log that was cut into boards, but has quickly been snatched up.
This wood is not readily available, never had it come through before, and we only have very little
of it (just the one log that was sawn) so this particular grain pattern is not stocked or available for order. This cabinet
is just shown here as an example of what you can do with special or "select" woods... something that is not your
run-of-the-mill grain pattern.
- 30" x 16" outside dimensions
- 9 knife capacity
- custom spaced dovetails
- custom monogram engraving on the deluxe style top
- black velvet
wood knife rests, ambidextrous style so knives point left
or right as desired on each pair
- keyed lock
- no door pull for a "framed-art" look when displayed
- concealed hinges
- a hand rubbed oil finish wet sanded
between each coat
surface is waxed and buffed to a nice sheen for added luster and protection
#2 Special Highly Figured Maple - Dovetail
This custom cabinet is the mate to the one shown above. Both going the same person for a "matched
set". Several photos shown below, taken from different angles and showing the custom dovetails. It measures 30"
tall x 16", holds 9 knives pointing left or right as desired on each pair of rests.
with incredible grain and lots of figure! 24" x 16"
This particular cabinet displays 8 knives
but can be customized to hold more or less to suit your needs. The wood, being naturaal, will obviously vary from piece to
piece. This nicely figured cherry is one example of "select wood" cherry. It takes more time to build using highly
figured wood than standard plain-sawn wood since the grain is highly susceptible to "tear-out". Most highly figured
wood will tear out when run through a thickness planer. Generally the planing would be done down close to the thickness needed,
not all the way... just to remove most of the material, getting the boards close to the thickness desired. Then the final
planing would be done with a hand plane and scraper. More time and labor is invested this way but is necessary to produce
a smooth finish.
There is some really beautiful coloring in this cherry. Photos from different angles showing the
grain on the front, sides, and top. Click each pic to enlarge. The velvet background is dark red on this example, background
color is your choice. Knife rests are made from solid cherry to match the cabinet. The rests are spaced at 2 1/2" (verticle
measurement) and will hold knives with single hilts nicely. If displaying knives with double hilts, I would recommend inscreases
the space between the rests, making the cabinet taller.
The door pull is satin nickel (your choice-bronze, antler,
nickel), and door opens from the right side on this example, hinged on the left, also your choice. Knives point left
inside of this one (can be set up to point left or right as desired/needed), so if displaying Randalls you can see the tangstamps
on the blades. The hinges are concealed to keep them out of sight on the outside of the cabinet when the door is closed.
Each cabinet is hand made to order going down the list one name at a time. The finish is danish oil, multiple coats
hand rubbed into the wood, each coat wet sanded so it's glass smooth to the touch. After the oil is dry, a few coats of
wax is then hand rubbed onto the cabinet and buffed to add an extra layer of protection from mositure.
note: Other woods available as well. Let us know what you are wanting your cabinets made from and we will check availability
through several suppliers.
Highly figured "Select Wood"
Cherry 24" x 16" Cabinet
Reg Price: $569.99
Below: Carving Set Presentation/Storage Box
Carving Set Presentation/Storage Box
A custom Storage-Presentation
box for the Randall 3 pc carving set. This one is made out of solid leopard wood. The inserts, or "holders", are
also made from leopard wood with felt on each end to allow them to fit snugly and still be removable or adjustable (to move
closer together/further apart to fit different sets as needed). The bottom is lined with navy blue felt instead of velvet,
and the inserst are lined with the same felt where the carving set rests.
This piece has all hidden joinery with
no brad holes on the outside surface. This one is completely smooth with no interuptions whatsoever on the surface, inside
or out, just clean straight lines. The idea I was striving for on this one was not too fancy, but "simple lines".
The carving set to go inside this box was for a gift, and it being the main focus, I wanted the box to be beautiful
wood but nothing more than just a box... not something that draws your attention from the carving set itself. The finish is
glass smooth, with the wood having very nice figure to add natural beauty that I had nothing to do with myself. Then the straight
lines and flat sides accomplish my goal of function and beauty meeting midway, I think anyway, and will simply house a soon
to be family heirloom passed down to their children years from now.
Price for standard stocked woods (walnut, oak,
cherry, maple, mahognay):
*note: Price for exotic Leopardwood
as shown: $3276.82
below: Curly Maple Burl Jewelry/Storage Box
Custom Storage Box
This particular piece was custom made as a jewelry box with a sliding, and removable, tray. Hand crafted from solid
wood, this box is made from curly maple. The interior bottom is lined with black velvet, as
is the tray. The divider in the tray is curved, made from solid curly maple to
match, and provides a look that is different from the norm, for a
unique look. The lid handle, or small pull, is custom made from solid buffalo horn and allows the box to be opened easily. The black ebony also provides a very nice light-dark contrast with the lighter coloring seen in the curly maple, allowing
it to stand out and be noticed easily.The box is made from the
same chunk of curly maple which provides continuity throughout the whole piece for a pleasing look to the eye. This provides
a look of continuous grain flowing around corners and on all sides.
The box is hand sanded
through each grit, smoothed with cabinet scrapers and a block plane, and is extremely
smooth. Then a danish oil
finish is applied and wet sanded on several coats which provides
a glass smooth surface to the touch. Then lastly, a few coats of wax is applied and buffed by hand to add protection to the
Custom sizes are available,
this particular box measures approx 11 3/4" wide x 5 1/4" front to back x 3 1/2" tall with the lid closed.
The price for
a jewelry custom box this size... $429.89 in a standard wood stocked (walnut, cherry, maple, mahogany, oak)
for curly maple with custom made buffalo horn handle: $638.79
Several photos from various angles, click each
This cabinet made from some highly figured Spalted maple. The spalting is actually a
disease the tree gets that can kill it, but when cut into board form it provides some incredibly beautiful designs. We don't
get a lot of spalted maple, but can check availability for you. With a little searching, and some patience, we can usually
find some that will work nicely to build you a custom piece.
This particular cabinet measures 32"
tall x 19 1/2" wide, but of course can be custom sized to fit your collection and needs.
This one prices at $989.63
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