Step 1: First Things First
Being a wood worker, I chose wood.
Because the knife is so heavy, I decided against plywood or particle board and settled on dimensional lumber.
Again there were MANY choices, Pine, Maple, Oak, etc. Because I love the smell of Cedar when you cut or sand it and how a single piece of wood can go from chocolate brown to red to almost white in color within a few inches, I decided on Cedar.
One thing I didn't like about dimensional Cedar is its cost. At the time over $2 a board foot however there was an alternative. For less than $.50 a board foot I got Cedar fencing and from the wood I looked at, the fencing had better color and the grain pattern was more interesting.
Because Cedar fencing is thinner than dimensional Cedar, I glued two pieces of fencing face to face for thickness.
Step 2: Getting Started
The old plaque had a decorative edge which I thought took atention away from the knife so instead of reproducing it on the new plaque, I marked a line 1/2 inch from the edge and 1/2 inch from the top and connected the two lines with a bevel. This was less noticeable yet helped hide the real thickness of the new plaque.
At this point you could put the "L" screws back in the new wood and put a dowel in the wood for the knife point to rest on and with some finish you would have a far nicer plaque than the one you started with but, I wanted more.
Step 3: More Number One
With the first I created a small shelf for the tip of the blade to rest on.
With the second, I replaced one of the "L" screws, the one that supported the heavier side of the Finger Guard. On the other side of the Finger Guard I used a brass bolt with a strip of brass that could span the opening and 'Lock' the knife to the plaque.
Again at this point one could sand and finish the plaque and have a nice looking display but, I wanted more!
Step 4: More Number Two
Step 5: FINALLY!!!
The plaque looked a little plain so I found a design that fit with the design of the knife and carved it into the wood.
For the small pieces of wood that were doing the holding of the knife I carved them as little cat paws.
NOW I was happy and after sanding I rubbed five coats of Tong Oil into the wood and after putting on the brass bolt, added a coat of paste wax.