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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/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

- Kregg 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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Rene’s Live Edge Maple Coffee Table- My Windsor Project Contest Entry

I picked up a live edge maple slab at Windsor Plywood in Regina on impulse.
The slab took over 6 hours of planning and sanding to bring out the beauty of the natural maple.
The table legs are made of 4″ x 4″ Red Cedar scribed to fit the raw edge of the underside. The finish is a natural stain with several coats of varathane. Countless hours of sanding and apply coats of oil.

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Bill’s Desk Made from Panama Canal Wood- My Windsor Project Contest Entry

This desk was made from Panama Canal hardwoods. It was purchased from Windsor Plywood in Fort St. John.

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What makes this wood special was it was reclaimed from the Panama Canal. In 1913, while building the Panama Canal, Theodore Roosevelt created what was the world’s largest man-made lake (Gutan Lake) by damming the Chagres River and flooding an old growth jungle the size of Montreal. Ninety-seven years later, using submersible hydraulic chain saws lubricated with vegetable oil, these perfectly preserved tropical hardwood trees are being harvested from that underwater jungle.

See below or click this link for more information.

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