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“3 Lakes” Olive Wood Epoxy Table

Another beautiful project from the folks in Lloydminster Windsor Plywood… the “3 lakes table”

This one we flattened using drum sander/ spot sanding and sealed off the open holes using melamine and silicone (to avoid excessive spillage). We tinted the epoxy to make it blue and poured the holes full. Once dried (2-3 days for liquid plastic at 2:1 ration) we sanded with belt sander all the way up to 400 grit or so and oiled the piece using Livos.

Epoxy Olive Wood Table

The folks in Lloydminster made this beautiful table, encased in 3” of epoxy! They made a mould first and taped off each piece before putting it together. The Olive wood used in this piece wasn’t perfectly flat so they decided to float it.  Then sanded up to 1000grit and then did a finish pour overtop to get it perfectly clear! A beautiful piece 😀

End Grain Cutting Board

Here’s a few pics of an end grain cutting board I made of walnut and maple purchased from your Saskatoon location. Thanks for always having a great supply of hardwoods… it sure makes projects easier when you can get quality materials locally!  -Jon

 

Cedar Wishing Well

George in St. Andrews, Manitoba made this Wishing Well out of 5/4 cedar topped with 2×8 cedar, #4 undercoarse shingles and some scrap 4×4 to hold up the roof. Cetol 1 Butternut for protection against weather. George said “My wife didn’t want a bucket, but next time she’s out it will appear”.  😀

Cherry Rocking Chair

My name is Keith and I am a weekend woodworker. I made this chair out of cherry. It is a reproduction of a Sam Maloof rocking chair. Sam made rockers for Jimmy Carter & Ronald Regan. The legs meet the seat with a Maloof joint to provide maximum strength. The back legs meet the seat at 5 degrees. So I needed + & – 5 degree router bits. The rockers are made of laminated 1/8″strips . The front legs are turned on a lathe. Like most woodworkers I don’t have all the tools I would like so I made my own jigs to achieve the result I needed. Most of the fun of building any project is figuring out how to get the result you want. It’s like a puzzle 🙂 Happy woodworking!

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.

 

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