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New Mule Display Cabinet

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by phillipsted, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. phillipsted


    Oct 4, 2010
    I've been working to get a cabinet to showcase some of my Mules for the past year. I originally started out to build a cabinet myself - but my skills just aren't up to the task. So I searched around looking for just the right cabinet - and found it from an eBay vendor who makes a variety of cabinets, including this one for shot-glasses. it has nine shelves, and I had him add a lock to the front for a few bucks extra.

    When I got the cabinet, I realized I needed some light, so I picked up an LED light strip kit from Home Depot and installed it around the edge of the cabinet so that the LEDs were hidden when the door was closed. I mounted the electronics on the bottom shelf and cut a hole in the side to mount the dimmer/power switch to the outside.

    I haven't got all my knife scale projects in the case yet, but it is nice to have the Mules out where I can enjoy them!


  2. Steel130

    Steel130 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Wow. That is epic!
  3. DrChimRichalds


    Jul 3, 2011
    That's beautiful. Nice work!!
  4. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Very nice, Ted!

    I would be very interested in the plans for a nice cabinet like that -

    Nice work!


  5. EagleScouter


    Jun 18, 2011
    I like it. I've been thinking of doing something similar with my Military collection. Cool work!
  6. Over Kill

    Over Kill Banned BANNED

    Jul 7, 2010
    Very cool!
  7. jtoler_9

    jtoler_9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    WOW pretty much sums it up. That truly is an outstanding collection. You have a gift Sir. I enjoy your work.

    Silly question, do you have a favorite?
  8. JulianHayes


    Mar 17, 2012
    oh my. that is enviable. nice work indeed.
  9. CKing


    Aug 29, 2012
    That is exactly what I've been looking for!! Can you please fwd me a link to the eBay merchant / cabinet maker?

    Thank you very much!

    By the way are those all spydercos? What is the one on the third shelf on the right?
  10. CKing


    Aug 29, 2012
    That is exactly what I've been looking for!! Can you please fwd me a link to the eBay merchant / cabinet maker?

    Thank you very much!

    By the way are those all spydercos? What is the one on the third shelf on the right?
  11. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Great collection. :thumbup:
  12. CR33

    CR33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    That is really nice. Great job on the lights and love your mule collection.
  13. The Deacon

    The Deacon

    Apr 27, 2003
    Very nice Ted! Good looking cabinet and some really great looking scales.
  14. bh49

    bh49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Nice cabinet Ted. Great scales on Mules. Making me jealous.
  15. phillipsted


    Oct 4, 2010
    CKing - Check out the listings on eBay by the seller makewine8qlg. His store is at http://stores.ebay.com/uniquedisplaycases. Great guy to deal with.

    The knives in the case right now are all Spydies - the one you are looking at is a Swick 2 with purpleheart scales. It was quite fun to work on. It is very small compared to the regular Mules and has a lot more detail that need to be worked. It gives you less room for error, in any event!

    I have a lot of other non-Spydie knives that I've put scales on - including a few Scandi-style blades and some damascus fixed blades (e.g., Alabama Damascus, Two-Finger, Kanetsune Seki). I'll get those into the cabinet at some point.

    And of course, I'm looking forward to MT-14, the 204P Mule! I'm going to do one in Ironwood Burl to put in the cabinet, and a second one in micarta as a second camp knife (mostly for food prep).

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012
  16. phillipsted


    Oct 4, 2010
    Actually, my favorite Mule isn't in the cabinet. It is my M4 Mule that serves as my primary camp knife. I put some natural micarta scales on it and have put a lot of wear and tear on that thing over the past couple of years. Had an artisan make me a small kydex clipped sheath for it. It sits on my hip for a few weeks every summer - and many weekends throughout the year. It has a little pitting, but it sharpens up quickly - and because of the non-epoxied pivot-bolted scales, I disassemble it a couple of times a year, clean it, TufGlide it, and reassemble. M4 is fantastic stuff!

  17. CKing


    Aug 29, 2012
    Actually Ted sorry i meant right, 4th row.
  18. CKing


    Aug 29, 2012
    The blades look like a spyderco temperance but the scales look as if they atach to the blade with a different pattern than the temperance.
  19. phillipsted


    Oct 4, 2010
    CK - The bottom five shelves are all standard Mules (with various steels). The sixth and seventh shelves from the bottom contain three Spyderco WoodCraft Mules and one Swick 2. The top shelf has a regular Mule in orange Corian. Hope that helps!

    BTW, if anyone has leads on where to pick up a Bushcraft O1 Mule, I'd appreciate a PM! ;)
  20. ice-pic

    ice-pic Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Very nice display case thank you for sharing your idea.

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