My Windsor Project Blog

Just Announced! Deck Winner of My Windsor Project Contest

Congratulations to: 
Kirby of Grande Prairie, AB 

Kirby is the designer and builder of a massive 16′ x 34′ deck. That’s 544 square feet of deck!
Below for Kirby’s description of this project;
We purchased Azek decking in two contrasting colours, and used the darker colour to provide the picture frame for the outer two rows of decking, and the lighter colour for the main decking. We are extremely impressed by the product…very resilient to pets, as well as sun fade. 

Part of the structure of the deck is supported by (4) 6″ x 6″ Cedar posts 16 feet long, these posts extend through the decking providing the support for the south end of the two tiered pergola. The pergola is constructed using 2″ x 8″ Cedar boards, and all the connections are notched to provide better support. The north end of pergola was anchored to the house using extension brackets and cedar boards.
We wanted to have an unobstructed view to the yard from inside the house, so we designed a glass rail system and 4″ x 4″ Cedar posts. The glass and posts are at a height of 60″ on sides and 40″ on front. The cedar posts were routered to fit the glass and than anchored to the deck framing.

The products supplied from Windsor Plywood were of top notch quality, and the in store service was friendly, and extremely helpful.

The products were purchased from Windsor Plywood in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
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Just Announced! Moulding Winner of My Windsor Project Contest

Congratulations to:
Louwren from Grande Prairie, AB

My wife and I were not able to find an adequate entertainment centre to organize our TV, audio/video components, movies and games so I decided to try my hand at building a custom piece.  My previous experience with woodworking/construction was building a fence and framing the basement in a previous house we owned; items that didn’t require a lot of finesse in the build.  This was my first attempt at constructing a piece that needed to look nice!  After spending numerous hours viewing YouTube videos and creating a plan for the entertainment centre I started the build.

As you can see from the photos, the new entertainment centre is a built-in located in our family room and replaces our old Ikea TV stand, and provides additional storage and display space.  The new entertainment centre uses the following materials from Windsor Plywood in Grande Prairie:

· Birch ¾ Plywood – used to create the carcass of the cabinets and shelves

· Birch ½ plywood – used to build the drawers

· Maple boards – used to create the face frames and the storage doors frames

·  Beaded Wainscott – used for the background on the left and right shelving units, and the front of the storage doors

· Crown Molding – used along the top of the entertainment centre

·  Hinges – for the storage doors

· Money spent on these materials was $1,489.29

The entertainment centre was primed and painted with white melamine paint; the baseboard from the wall was used to wrap around the base of the entertainment centre.  Another feature of the entertainment centre is that I installed ABS piping under the left and right shelving units which opens up to the bottom shelve on the centre piece.  This allows speaker wire and the internet cable to be installed easily and makes wires readily available to the audio/video components without having to drill holes in the sides of centre (except for the outer sides of the unit).

Considering this was my first project of this type and scope it turned out very well.  Even my wife would agree J
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Winners-with-Darlene-of-GP-Photo-800Store employee Darlene, gives the prize to Louwrens and his son Tayben. Great job!

Just Announced! Door Category Winner from My Windsor Project Contest

Congratulations to:
Margie and Bob from Langley, BC

Pictures attached are of a front door renovation completed during the summer of 2014.
The door, door moulding, door hardware, railings and decking/steps material (Pedra hardwood) were all purchased from Windsor Plywood, Langley.  This DIY renovation was completed by the owners and they love the final results.

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Just Announced! Woodworking Winner of the My Windsor Project Contest

Congratulations to:
Dennis of Armstrong, BC 

This highly detailed wooden bowl was turned by Dennis, a customer of Windsor Plywood Vernon store. The bowl is 14″ tall with main body made from Aspen with a ring of Blue Alowood. Inlay on the neck is Bubinga, Purpleheart and Blue Alowood.

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Dennis resides with his family in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the interior of British Columbia. Shortly after retiring from a career as a Boilermaker Superintendent, Dennis decided to more actively pursue one of his many artistic hobbies, woodworking.  Soon afterwards, a neighbour introduced him to the art of turning bowls on a wood lathe.  Well a passion soon arose.  From simple solid piece bowls Dennis quickly moved on to designing more complex segmented bowls that allowed more of his artistic side to come through.

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Each and every bowl is a one-of-a-kind original creation.  Using a variety of the abundant local woods and some exotic woods blended together Dennis creates bowls with unique forms and colour matches.

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Once again, congratulations to Dennis and his fantastic project!

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My Windsor Project Contest is Now Closed!

my-windsor-project-contest-closed-graphicPlease put down the paint brushes and sanding paper, the contest is now closed!

As of September 30th, 2014, we are not accepting anymore entires. We would also like to thank all the participates for submitting the projects. There was plenty of photographs and detailed information submitted. It will be difficult to narrow it down to the winners.

For a recap: Judging will be done in five categories: Doors, Floors, Mouldings, Decks and Woodworking. Prizes consist for an in-store credit worth $1000.00 (Doors, Floors, Moulding or Decks categories) and $500 (woodworking category).
Keep your receipts! The only stipulation is that the project must incorporate some kind of Windsor Plywood product.

Since the Windsor Plywood stores are sending in projects via snail mail, it will take some time before the winners will be announced. Updates will be posted through the mywindsorproject.com blog and social media outlets.

Once again, thank you for sending in your projects.

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Staircase Upgrade (Entry to the Great Canadian Contest 2008)

My name is Mike and have been undergoing a reno of 1400 square feet of the upstairs of my house for the last eight months.  I have done all the work myself except the installation of gas fireplaces.  The photo I am submitting is not necessarily a ‘room’ renovation but a huge part of the house in itself.  It’s the staircase.

The reason I chose this to submit rather than a room was because of the expertise help I received to get the job done.  The staff at the Coquitlam Windsor Plywood are all top notch!  It’s great knowing you can go into there with questions that will get answered by people who know their stuff.  Unlike other stores, the information I get from Windsor is the correct info.  Your staff answered all my questions, gave me tips and were very friendly doing so.

The material I used in this particular project from Windsor was the MDF skirting and baseboards.  Hope you like!

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Cards, Phone Calls and Email from Customers

Phone call received by Windsor Plywood Grande Prairie
Re: Excellent Service
Tracy C. called the store regarding Darren A. and his customer service. to say “He went above and beyond his role as a salesman and exceeded her expectations on customer service. He was just awesome!” And she was so pleased she just had to let us know how wonderful he was with answering questions and suggestions.

Email received by Windsor Plywood Langley
Re:Thank You
“Good morning.  I just wanted to take a moment to say how much my husband and I appreciate shopping at your store.  Your staff is always available to help, they are knowledgeable and friendly.  In the day of big box stores that can be frustrating to shop at (I can’t tell you how many times I have left that store without the product I was looking for because of the inability to receive assistance), it is a pleasure to go to Windsor Plywood for a more personal experience.  Keep up the great work!”
Cheers, Kathy

Laundry Room Makeover

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Well, it was time for the old laundry room to make way for a whole new look.

Thanks to the wide choice of Windsor plywoods, veneers and mouldings (not to mention some nifty tiling work), I was able to transform my laundry room into something worth getting dirty for!

Using plywood and 2×4 I raised the floor about 4.5″ to create a custom-built pedestal for the washer/dryer. I then decided to add some more countertop workspace by again framing with 2×4 and plywood for a custom-built tumbled marble countertop.

The floor was tiled with granite and natural stone and a mosaic was framed in the center by the stone. The walls were troweled on and hand-polished with a “Venetian Plaster” (shiny marble-looking plaster) then stenciled with a leaf pattern in gold paint.

Wood veneers and mouldings were added to the cabinetry and door to add even more decorative elements. There’s also a pull-out ironing board center (not shown in photos) which was veneered/stained to match cabinetry.

Don’t forget to enter the My Windsor Project Contest. Entries must be received by email or mail by September 30th, 2014. Click here for more information.

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