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Hit the Deck! – Fantastic Composite Deck by Shawn – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

Composite deck built for my mom using Armadillo Painted Desert composite decking from Windsor Plywood Regina. We ran the deck boards on the upper 8′-6″ x 8′-6″ section on the angle and the lower section parallel to the house. The deck took approximately 60 man hours.
The deck measures 20 feet, 6″ wide by 17 feet deep.
I learned that sunscreen is my friend!

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Lemonade Stand by Angela and Peytin – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

The following project was submitted by Angela for the My Windsor Project Contest

My fondest memory as a kid was stopping at lemonade stands with my parents any time we saw one. When I had kids I vowed to give them the same summer experience. We began with creating a plan. My experience as an Architectural Technologist helped me to create the perfect plan and parts list for my children’s lemonade stand.  My son who was three at the time took the list to our Regina Windsor Plywood store and asked them to provide him with the exact items on his list. I’ll never forget the look on the employees face when my tiny three-year-old walked up to the counter and asked “Could I please have all the items on this list?”  I have attached his list as well as the plan for his lemonade stand.  The employees at the store were extremely helpful and intrigued by our project.  They cut the lumber to suit my son’s list and essentially supplied us with a ‘lemonade stand kit to go’. They also provided us with the sign that says “Material Provided by Windsor Plywood” which was attached to the stand. We took home the cut lumber and proceeded to construct the stand.  My son was overjoyed at being able to construct and use power tools to build the stand.  Once the stand was built we went to our local home improvement store where my son picked out a stain colour for the stand.  He also painted it (mostly all by himself). The stand is a huge hit in our neighbourhood, especially on very warm summer days.  The kids can not wait for summer to begin so they can get the stand out for the season.
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Customer Project- Carved Cocobolo Billets

Tom Dean is a self-taught artist and customer of Windsor Plywood Great Falls, Montana. He sent in these photos of his latest work carved from Cocobolo billets purchased from the store. He uses only exotic woods for it’s incredible natural beauty and does not use paint or fillers.
In 2012, Tom received one of the highest awards given in the state of Montana – the Montana Circle of American Masters Award from the Montana Art’s Council and co-sponsored by the US National Endowment for the Arts. His custom one-of-a-kind wood carving sculptures have sold to private owners, corporations and collectors from across North America.
For more info visit

(Click the pictures to enlarge)

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Ultimate Garage by Tim – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

My project was the finishing of my triple tandem garage. I wanted my finished product to look like a rustic cottage, incorporating wood and stone finishing.

Firstly, under the Doors category I’d like to submit all my handmade cabinets and lockers. All of which were made from 5/8” inch MDF with 1/2″ x1/2 “ inch Pine accents. I also would include all the handmade drawers which as you can see were all dovetailed.

Secondly, under the Moulding category, I’d like to draw your attention to the waffle ceiling, made with 1/2” MDF with 1×4 Spruce panels.

And finally, under the Woodworking Category I think the entire garage fits, but particularly the butcher block counter top, ledger under the pegboard, and all the walls, which are covered in 1×6 tongue and groove, cedar planks.

#fathersday #fathersprojects

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Cedar Roll Top Desk by Ed- My Windsor Project

The follow project was sent in from an employee at the Windsor Plywood Airdrie store. The author of this blog, contacted the owner, Ed and asked if the work in progress could be posted and shared on the mywindsorproject.com blog. This was Eds reply:

“I am flattered that you would consider this project for inclusion in the blog.  It will be completed within the next couple of weeks.  How ’bout I send you some final pics of the completed interior/exterior and some notes about the project when done.”

We replied saying that would be a bonus. Almost a month went by and we received another email with updated pictures of the finished project. Great job on your project Ed! We all appreciate the reply and the fantastic follow-up.
Look forwards to more projects from your workshop Ed!

“Hello
Attached are some pics of the finished project, the roll top desk.
The wood used is all cedar, much of it purchased from Windsor.  The folks in Windsor Plywood Airdrie were really helpful.  I used cedar plywood, 3/4 inch and 1/4 inch, as well as dimensional cedar lumber planned to desired thicknesses.  It is finished with Varathane clear satin, visible locations sprayed.
I had not seen a roll-top made from cedar and thought that it would be unique.
Now I need a new project!”

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Replica Harley Davidson Evolution Engine by Brent – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

(This project was submitted by Brent on May 2nd , 2014)
I would like to submit my plywood project in the woodworking category.

 The plywood (3/4” Baltic birch) was purchased from your Coquitlam store as recommended by your employee Jordan.

 My project was used for my audition in HGTV’s Canada’s Handyman Challenge (Season 3) which I ultimately won.  The criteria for the audition was to make a project (of our choice) from one sheet of ¾” plywood, miscellaneous hardware was allowed.

The project is a full scale replica Harley Davidson Evolution engine.  It is accurate within millimeters of an actual engine and includes a working crankshaft, rod, and piston.  The piston includes rings that were removed from my motorcycle engine (after a recent rebuild) validating the accuracy of this build.  I would like to point out I am a HD Mechanic by trade and not a carpenter, there was a great deal of learning in this project.  The completed project consumed all but 2 square feet shown in the foreground of the photos.  I did not have the engine finished for the audition, I completed it after the competition was over.  I have invested just over 200 hours building this project.

 Regards

 Brent

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Above: Finished EVO Engine Right Hand Side

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Above: Finished EVO Engine Left Hand Side

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Above: Ignition cover

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Above: Finished EVO Engine Piston Cut Away

Music and Craft Room Project by Selena – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

An room in our unfinished basement was finished to create a music/craft room.

Custom built-in shelves and curved desk were made out of 3/4″ melamine and trimmed with white iron-on melamine edging. A Kregg shelf pin jig was used to create custom shelf heights. The built-in shelving unit was trimmed with MDF mouldings – baseboard #514 for the two vertical pieces for the centre shelving section, S4S #MFSP105 & sash bead #9532 were used to create the custom header for the built-in shelves. Built-in shelf backer board was made out of particle/MDF board and painted a contrasting colour for a pop of colour.

The S4S #MFSP105 & sash bead #9532 mouldings were used to trim out the top of the doors (French & solid core).

1/2″ MDF was used to make a custom window sill and jambs for the window. The S4S #MFSP105 & sash bead #9532 mouldings were also used to trim out the top of the window.

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Materials used:

– 1/2″ MDF (window sill and jambs)

– White iron-on melamine edging (used on all built in melamine shelves)

– 3/4″ melamine (for built in shelves and built desk)

– 11/16″ x 4-9/16″ (MFSP105) S4S MDF moulding

– 1/2″ x 1-3/8″ (9532) MDF sash bead moulding

– 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ (514) MDF baseboard moulding

– Particle/MDF board

– Shelf pins

– Kreg shelf pin jig

For the Doors

Materials used:

– 2 x 24 inch hollow core interior door (slabs)

– Pine door jamb

– 32 inch solid core interior door (pre hung)

– Door hinges

– Door lever style handles

– MDF moulding for finishing

Solid core doors was used as entrance door to a music room. Solid core door was used to reduce noise. Hollow core doors were hung (by us!) as French doors on closet. French doors allow easy access to musical instruments. Moulding was used to trim out doors.

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