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Mechanical Pendulum Clock Made from Baltic Birch Plywood

The following story was sent in from a mywindsorproject.com blog reader.

My name is Jerrod, and I am a 35-year-old amateur woodworker in my spare time with a background in Engineering. I am currently living in Calgary, Alberta.

I came across your blog of customer projects and thought I would throw a few pics of my own project at you. This is a clock I made almost entirely from Baltic Birch Plywood and some brass hardware and rods. If you guessed that the pieces are laser cut, you are correct. I design all parts on my computer and cut them on my own laser cutter. Just because they are laser cut doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of gluing, sanding, staining and finishing work.

I originally bought some plans for another clock online and studied them until I understood how clocks work. After gaining an understanding of them and a lot of trial and error, I finished designing this one. Hundreds of hours were spent during the initial design (maybe even a thousand if you count testing)  but each clock can now be built in about a week of spare time. I know it seems like a lot of hours but I am an amateur, and I am self-taught at making clocks. Any future designs I expect should come along a lot quicker.

I have made a few of these clocks for myself and some family members. They are simple, quiet, reliable, accurate and have been running for over 7 years with no issues. It was originally just a hobby, but now I think I would like to sell the occasional one. I have set up an Etsy store called WoodGearClocks. Feel free to check out some the styles and colors.

Etsy store URL: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/woodgearclocks

River Runs Through It Mappa Burl | River Table Project

The following project and pictures were shared from David at Grey Woodworks.

Our shop is in Fort McMurray, so it’s always a challenge to shop for large, live edge slabs. The city of Fort McMurray, is located in the northern part of Alberta and is about 450 km (279 miles) from the nearest Windsor Plywood.
We have developed good relationships with a few of the Windsor Plywood locations in the Edmonton area. These skills enable us to deliver a more suitable piece of wood for the project. The stores were more than willing to help us out, as they going to the showroom, pulling out slabs and email/text photos of available options. This particular slab was sold to us by Jason @ Windsor Plywood Leduc.

We bought these book matched Mappa Burl slabs with the intent of getting a few river pieces out of them they started at 11’ long and 34”is extensive. Proceeded to see Colin at Windsor Plywood Sherwood Park for our EcoPoxy and our pigments to complete this project.

After travelling to Edmonton to pick up the slabs, we returned home to access what we had and to try to lay out the potential river pieces.  These pieces were in relatively rough shape as they were bowed cupped and twisted, but we only needed sections from these slabs, which allowed us to remove a lot of the obstacles presented by ripping the slab into smaller pieces.

The first step of the project has flattened the surface of the slab with sanding. Then we had to fit the live edges together to create the best flow of the river. A rough sketch was created to determine how the epoxy glass would look like on the slab. We use tracing paper to copy the shape of the river then transfer paper to produce a template for the pouring form. The river is then poured a solid colour blue, as this used as the base. Once the pigment detail on the top of the resin hardens, we pop the resin glass out and it has to be sanded flat. Next, a router would be run around the edges to smooth out the rough edge. Then with aid of a flush trim bit, a channel has to be into the slab. The channel is roughly a 1/4″ in depth. The pigment is then added to help with the colour highlights. After that, we sand it flat (if needed), and spray a protective finish on the project.

Completed Size:
This piece was 50″ x 38″ x 2.5″

Materials:
– Mappa Burl Slab
– Ecopoxy and metallic pigments

Duration of Project:
With slab flattening included, hours in the shop would be around 18.

Be sure to check out more fine woodworking at the Grey Woodworks website and Instagram
https://www.greywoodworks.com/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/greywoodworks/

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Windsor Plywood Foundation Makes Donation to Hospital

Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation’s Hearing For Kids Program, received $12,000 from Windsor Plywood Foundation, held at Vancouver Foundation, to support the acquisition of specialized hearing aids for children.
Attending this cheque presentation ceremony include (Left to Right), Cheryl Bosley, Director, Fund Development, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, Cathy Brown, Executive Director, Windsor Plywood Foundation and Charlene Giovannetti-King, Executive Director, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.

 

Windsor Plywood Vancouver Donates Materials to the Small Talk Plywood Cup Fundraiser

The Windsor Plywood Vancouver store has donated materials to the annual Small Talk Plywood Cup held on Saturday, June 16th, 2018.

Dozens of amateur boat builders will be attending the one day event at Granville Island to compete in the race.

The teams will have 90 minutes to build a single-person boat from plywood and travel across approximately 300 metres of False Creek as part of the fundraiser for Small Talk B.C., a language therapy centre for young children.

HOW YOU PARTICIPATE
Your involvement in this fundraiser would make a significant difference.  This is how you can participate:
  • Register your Corporate Team in the race and get pledges.  The Plywood Cup goes to the team with the most pledges raised.  (Registration fee: $500.00)
  • Donate money (via cheque payable to Small Talk, paypal or cash)
  • Volunteer your time for helping out before, during and after the event.
  • Join us the day of the event and cheer on the teams.

Go to Small Talk BC website for more details and race schedule.

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In the News- Awards in Trade and Technology Student Training

Windsor Plywood Kamloops is a platinum level sponsor for the Thompson River University School of Trade & Technology and Canadian Home Builders Association interior house project.
Gary is a committed staff member who always ensures we are successful sponsors in the making of the Y Dreamhome every year!
Thank you, Gary, for your dedication to our business and to helping us contribute to our community in a meaningful way!


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In the News- Windsor Plywood Foundation Donates to Local Hospital

Windsor Plywood Foundation donates $10,000 to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Bed Campaign

A frail elder in care at Langley Memorial Hospital’s long-term care facility is resting easier tonight on a state-of-the-art bed and mattress, thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from the Windsor Plywood Foundation.

“Beds play a critical role in medical care, especially in long-term care facilities. Yet most of the beds in our residential care facility are 25 years or older,” explains Gloria Iverson, clinical operations manager at Langley Memorial Hospital Residential Care Services.

“For residents who struggle with mobility these new beds can be lowered to help prevent falls and the mattresses provide maximum comfort, which is so important for the elderly whose skin is simply more fragile. These beds truly improve their quality of life.”

Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation issued a call for support from local businesses and individuals to help replace 44 out-of-date beds with modern models offering “smart technology” that keep patients safe and with special mattresses that help relieve pressure and wear on the skin thereby reducing the risk of infections caused by bedsores; a call Windsor Plywood Foundation jumped to answer.

“When we learned Langley Memorial Hospital had such a need for new beds we knew it would be a great fit with our mission,” says Cathy Brown, director of Windsor Plywood Foundation.

“We understand beds don’t just arrive on their own and we feel honoured to help improve the comfort and health of those in need.

“We want to create positive impact for the communities Windsor Plywood serves through our stores, and to give back to the communities that have given so much to us. We’re so pleased that we were able to support this campaign.”

“The staff and the family members of our residents are grateful that businesses, like Windsor Plywood, are stepping in to help fill this urgent need,” said Iverson. “This gift means a resident will rest comfortably.”

Story credit by Langley Times

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