Another option available on your custom cabinet is to add dovetailed
joints. Dovetails are an "old school" way of making joints, or joining pieces together. This style joint is
noted for its resistance to being pulled apart, it's tensile strength. A series of pins cut to extend from the end of
one board interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires
no mechanical fasteners like nails or screws, and is an incredibly strong design. Cutting dovetails requires a high degree
of accuracy to ensure a snug fit and can be difficult to master. The pins and tails must fit together so that the joint interlocks
tightly with no movement.
dovetail joint probably pre-dates written history. Some of the earliest known examples of the dovetail joint are in furniture
entombed with mummies dating from the First Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, as well as the tombs of Chinese emporers.
Because of the precision and accuracy needed for both pieces to line up correctly, and to "look right"
on the finished piece, making dovetails is a time consuming process. It is one of the more difficult joints
for a woodworker/cabinetmaker to make correctly.
Aside from it being difficult to master and having great
strength, the dovetail joint is quite beautiful and adds a different look to the overall piece. A look that instantly shows
you are looking at old fashioned hand-made quality.
photo left: "Dovetailed keys" also available for
those of you preferring this look. Contrasting colors can be created by using different colors/types of wood for the
keys. Available on your custom cabinets or storage/presentation boxes. It is quite beautiful and really stands out when
using light & dark woods together.
(click photo to enlarge)
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 door pull
- keyed lock
- custom engraving
Highly Figured Maple
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
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
- a hand rubbed oil finish wet sanded between each coat
- surface is
waxed and buffed to a nice sheen for added luster and protection
Below: A second cabinet custom built to match
the one shown above. This pair was custom ordered to be completed/delivered months apart, but to be set up the same, as a
(click photos to enlarge)
Figured Cherry - dovetailed
This cabinet was custom
made from some nicely figured cherry to display 9 knives pointing left. The dovetails were arranged and placed for a
- 30" tall x 16" wide outside dimensions
- custom dovetail joints
- 9 knives pointing
- black velvet
- antler knife rests
- antler door pull
- keyed lock
price: $ 1447.69
A close up of the completed dovetails on each corner of the cabinet
A custom dovetailed cabinet built from solid walnut.
This cabinet was custom designed to house large bowie knives of the Smithsonian size
having lugged double hilts. This large cabinet's outside dimensions are 44" tall x 22" wide, providing
ample room for the bowies to be displayed without the look of them crowded together.
This cabinet has
the following specs added...
~ A third door hing located along the center of the
door to provide additional strength in design. Two hinges would likely hold just fine, but to ensure a strong hold over time
as the door is opened to access your knives, a third support was added for good measure.
red velvet background which provides a very "rich look"... "rich" meaning that if it were something you
could eat, it would harden your arteries ; ) ... and compliments the darker coloring of the walnut very nicely.
Other colors are available, and really just depends on your personal preference and the handle material (and color) on your
knives. Black micarta, for example, doesn't show up well when displayed against a black velvet background. However
stag looks great against the black color.
~ Keyed lock
Interior electric fluorescent light
~ Knife rests made from solid walnut to match the cabinet
~ Custom Randall engraving
~ Deluxe style (curved top) door
~ Crown stag door pull buffed to a nice sheen
Randall Made Knives logo snap installed in door pull to complete the
Randall Made Knives theme on this custom piece.
~ And of course the custom dovetailed joinery
cut into the solid walnut which takes this custom cabinet to the "next level".
Randall Made Knives snap is the exact same snap used on the sheaths that come with your Randall knives. These snaps were
provided to us by Gary Randall, owner of Randall Made Knives in Orlando, FL to add that "special touch", and complete
the theme, of your custom Randall Display. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mr. Randall for his continued support and generosity.
Large Dovetailed 5 Knife Bowie Cabinet
Price as shown: $1874.72
(plus options added ,
ex. keyed lock, interior light, etc.)