Steve from the Cranbrook store sent in another project. His crew and himself are working on a 6′ wide by 24′ long conference table for a customer. The top and trestle style of legs will be made from locally harvested Douglas Fir. The customer supplied a bit over 500 board feet of lumber. In the next few weeks, Steve will share more pictures as the project progresses.
The following story was shared from Kyra in Calgary, Alberta.
Built by the In-house carpenter at the Windsor Plywood Calgary south location to match the antique mahogany desk I refinished. The bookshelf is perfect and I was able to stain and lacquer it to match perfectly. It is a shame to put books on it as it is so beautiful!
These pictures were shared from Windsor Plywood Medicine Hat.
The following story and pictures were sent in from Ken from Lake Country, BC. Ken is a frequent visitor to the Windsor Plywood in Vernon.
“I have been doing various wood projects for the past 10 years. Mainly for my family, such as self designed cradles and sit on toy boxes.
This summer, I got a chance to buy (7) Black Walnut slabs from a local mill in Summerland, BC.
From these, I built the live edge coffee table and end table. It is the first time that I have worked with this type of rough slabs and took a bit of time to match up the slabs for the table tops and legs. I used my camera and took pictures of each slab and then printed them out. By cutting the slabs out of the paper and matching, it was a good method to develop the tables.
The slabs were narrow enough, that it was possible to use a power planner to smooth out the mill saw teeth marks on both sides of the slabs. From there, use a band saw to cut to length of the table tops. Removed the bark using a right angled grinder with a concrete grinding disk and to shape the live edge curves that I wanted in the tables. Then used the small handheld belt sander and orbital sander to finish the shapes and table tops. Sanding down to 220 grit and using a light and magnifying glass to check for sanding marks.
The legs took some time to design, cut out and finish, using the same tools. Then the tables were sealed with wood conditioner and have 4 coats of gloss Polyurethane. It was hard work to not get runs, so had to sand some of those out with each coat.
I had started to build these for my wife, but there has been interest in purchasing them from a couple people, so if the price is right, I may sale them and then build another set for my wife.
The project was fun and being the first time working with this type of wood, there was a lot of time spent looking at the slabs and then slowly cutting them out and designing how to put them together, overall hours were in the 80 hours per table.
The walnut candle holders were from scrap and for our RV Trailer.”
Thank you Ken for sharing this project with your fellow woodworkers.
Every year more than 60 students from the University of British Columbia come together to design and build a fully autonomous sailboat, a Sailbot.
This summer, a team of engineering students from the University of British Columbia is hoping its 5.5-metre-long boat will sail into the history books as the first seafaring vessel to successfully traverse the Atlantic entirely solo.
UBC’s sailbot plans to launch in August and sail 2,900 km, three-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean all on its own to Dingle, Ireland.
Windsor Plywood wanted to be part of this impressive achievement and donated materials to the project.
From the Team Captain, Serena “I have fond memories of working with the MDF, stringers and plywood you sent to us in 2014! I was on the Mechanical Team at the time and it was my first time ever using power tools in the early days when I drilled, sawed and shaped your wood under the guidance of Dave Tiessen, who was the Mechanical Team Lead at the time. I think many members go through tremendous growth in their time on the team, and thank you for giving us the resources to do this.”
If you would like to follow Ada’s progress as she goes across Canada and then across the Atlantic Ocean, you can do so at the blog: https://ubcsailbot.org/blog/
Windsor Plywood donated materials to the annual Small Talk Plywood Cup held on June 18th, 2016. Dozens of amateur boat builders gathered at Granville Island on Saturday afternoon to race in the fundraising event.
Seven teams of four had 90 minutes to build a single-person boat from plywood to 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.
In addition to time constraints, the teams had limited tools to build their boats.
They were supplied with:
- two large sheets of plywood
- a rod of lumber
- one roll of duct tape
- one bag of nails
- a small handsaw
- a hammer
- a safety cutter
- one pencil
The next race takes place on June 17th, 2017
The following was shared from the Windsor Plywood Victoria Saanichton (Keating) store
A Mbira (African thumb piano) made by Mark, one of the fine employees here at Windsor Plywood Keating. The top is Siamese Rosewood, with Maple sides and a Purpleheart bridge. This instrument looks and sounds unique.
The following picture was shared from the Johner’s Windsor Plywood Facebook page
The following pictures were sent in the from the Windsor Plywood Calgary North store. Big thanks to the store owner, Deidre, for sending us more information about the project. (We were all quite speechless from staring at the desserts.) Check out the Calgary-based bakery website at www.sweetreliefpastries.com or the Facebook page.
We decided to go with shaker style cabinetry to keep things clean and modern but still beautiful to look at…we didn’t want it to look like regular cabinetry! The simple moulding around the edges helps to keep things warm and inviting, while not being too decorative that it takes away from our cakes and pastries. This was our first project, and through the skillful instruction and help of our friend and cabinetmaker Andy Vorra we were able to construct our very own custom cabinetry!
A few pictures to share of some super wide Natural Live Edge Parota Hardwood. Some of these pieces measure up to 57″ wide by 160″ long. Parota is primarily Central America, as well as Mexico and northern South America. Trees grow from 65 – 100 ft tall and 5 – 8 ft in diameter.
Check out your local Windsor Plywood store for stock and selection.