Category Archives: Exotic Lumber

Bob and the Wooden Dragon – Customer Project

Bob is a customer of Windsor Plywood Kamloops. Bob loves to make unusual and intricate wood projects like this incredible intarsia dragon he made as a surprise for his son.

All the wood is the natural colour of wood with no stains used. The green is Amarillo poplar, Red is Padauk, Brown striped is Wenge, wings are Lacewood Maple. Tagua nuts were used for the teeth and fangs.

The piece was finished off with high-gloss laquer to bring out the richness of the wood grain and enhance the depth.

It is one incredible piece of work. Awesome job Bob!

Want to see more of Bob’s projects? Bob has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Knotty-Kreations-157610124297897/

Folded Berlinia Table by Gellhaus Woodworks

The ever talented Gellhaus Woodworks bought a beauty piece of Berlinia from Windsor Plywood Sherwood Park and wrapped it with a Wenge edge. Below was the picture gallery and information from the owner, Bart. For more fantastic pictures of furniture, be sure to check out Gellhaus Woodworks, the Instagram #gellhauswoodworks and Facebook page.

“The Folded Berlinia Table is made from solid Berlinia and trimmed with Wenge. This piece has a wealth of complex lines and angles. It provides a ton of interesting negative space and was intended to look like a single piece of wood that has been “simply” folded into shape. The two pieces of Berlinia that I used had nice bright sapwood on one side, so I joined the pieces with the sapwood in the middle to create a stripe that the viewer can follow around and throughout the whole piece. The tables measures:42″ x 22″ x 15 1/2″.
This piece is currently for sale in the “For Immediate Sale” area of the website. It has been signed and numbered personally by me.”

Tamarindo Wooden Bench with “Creepy Eyes”

The picture was courtesy of Sherwood Park Windsor Plywood. For more projects, be sure to follow their Instagram account at: #windsorsherwoodpark or Facebook page.

A slab of Tamarindo made into a bench with some “creepy eyes” in it. Bench oiled with legs. It’s about 15″ deep and 6′ long. If interested, it’s on sale $629.00.
Contact the store a sherwoodpark@windsorplywood.com

Kyra’s Mahogany Bookshelf Project

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!

Thank you Windsor Plywood! I’ll be back!!! So nice to get custom work done in exotic wood!!!Better than anything you can buy at a furniture store!!!! Thanks, Mahogany-bookshelf

Big Parota Dinner Table Project by Boris

The following story and pictures were submitted by Ed at the Windsor Plywood Winnipeg. It was started with pictures shared from a loyal customer, Boris. t (Thank you Boris! For going the extra mile, we see your hard work in your words and pictures.)

I am sending you a number of pictures that show not just the final product but some of the process steps, too.

I have worked on a number of projects, but this one was fairly large and in some ways new to me. It all started when I came to Windsor Plywood to buy paint as my wife and I started to redecorate the house. We knew we needed a new dining table and were already considering making it out of a live edge slab. There was no plan made, but then I walked into the store and immediately saw this gorgeous slab. The wood looked warm and beautiful, with a striking edge, and the width was perfect. The slab was almost flawless, and after about a week of contemplation, we decided to take the opportunity. It was the quality and the uniqueness of the slab that became the final decision point.

The size of the slab was 3-3/8” x 44” x 16’. I figured I could make a 10’ table top and use the two 3’ ends of the slab for the legs. I am an engineer and I like to first make a design of my woodworking project using DraftSight software. The project got me so excited I would sometimes wake up at night and start thinking of and coming up with good ideas and solutions.

The slab was delivered to my house at the end of January, and it took me about two months working after work and on the weekends to have it finished. One thing I have learned is, making something the first time never gives the best result. So I had to check everything several times before making each step. And yes, I know I could do some things better yet.

I built a guide jig around the slab and a sleigh for the router. I flattened both sides of the slab which brought it from 3-3/8” to 2-3/4”. I sanded the face side using a rented floor sander. I made a template for the legs by drafting them, then using my scroll saw to cut the template out of 3/8” MDF board. I used a jig saw and a router to finalize the shape of the template.

The table top of this thickness does not require a frame, and each leg can be attached to the top using side blocks on each side of the leg. The support blocks were attached to the legs with good epoxy. Each block had 3 holes for 3/8 x 5” stainless steel lug bolts to hold them to the table top (6 bolts per leg).

After the legs were attached to the table, it was finally ready for finishing. I used 80, 120, 220 and 320 grit sandpapers to prepare it for oiling. I also decided to use pure unmodified tung oil from Lee Valley, to finish the table. Tung oil has several advantages: it does not change the color of the wood, preserving its original color and penetrating deep and bringing up the texture. It protects wood from liquids, juices, and alcohol spills. It does not darken over time. It is food safe. The only problem with tung oil is that you have to have a lot of patience waiting for weeks to add another layer. I am still in the process of doing it.

Parota wood had it surprises! First, it appeared to be very light and easy to machine and sand. Second, it is the most irritating wood there is, with an effect of a pepper spray! On the scale of irritability, I would give it 10 out of 10. Nothing can be done with it without a good dust mask.

The job is over now and it brings us a great deal of satisfaction. My wife and I like to arrange dinners for our family and friends, and we already had a few dinners around the new table. Everybody likes to come join us even more now! Our dining room became a fabulous, warm place.

Thank you for making my project public, I hope it will encourage other folks to go for big projects.

Best regards, 

Boris T.

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Monster Maple Log with Burls

Here’s something for the pro’s. This giant Maple log with burls, is over 12 feet tall and 4 feet wide at the base. This is a one-of-a-kind piece.  If you would like more information, contact us at projects@windsorplywood.com

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Boston-style Bombe Chest of Drawers

Walnut_Bombe_Dresser2This chest was made from walnut purchased from Windsor Plywood Vernon. Crafted by Bill Ferguson of Salmon Arm.  The Chest of Drawers, which are 19-1/2” x 39” x 33-1/2” took five months to build and finish. Woodwork was done by Bill and the finish, with Bill’s assistance, by Richard G, his next door neighbour. This is the second major project that these neighbours have completed.

Electric Guitar by Paul Deneve

Electric Guitar by Paul DenevePaul purchased his materials from the Windsor Plywood store in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Paul has also made bows, flutes and canoes.

Walnut Live Edge Table by Windsor Plywood Lloydminster

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