Category Archives: Customer Projects

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


Mechanical Pendulum Clock Made from Baltic Birch Plywood

The following story was sent in from a 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.

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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″

– 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



Taking on a Tackle Box

Custom made fishing tackle box made from Lacewood and Western Red Cedar.

It was was crafted by a customer from Windsor Plywood Brandon.

Magnificent detail on this project!

Jeffery’s Wine Barrel Coffee Table

Customer project from Windsor Plywood Langley. Coffee table made from an oak wine barrel. The project, created by Jeffery, is part of a monthly series the Langley store has started; featuring the creative works of their talented and loyal customer base.

Mappa Entertainment Cabinet by Kimwood

The customer project was shared from the Windsor Plywood Langley store. 

The following pictures is from the first cut of the slab, to the finish product. The materials used for this project was poplar lumber and plywood, paint and the Mappa slab.
All were purchased from Windsor Plywood Langley.  The customer, Kim, personally built and finished all aspects of this project. For more information, contact Kim at his company: Kimwood Specialty Building.
A special mention to Langley LED for the great job installing the LED lighting.  

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