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New Custom Countertops for Windsor Plywood Store

The manager from Windsor Plywood Bellingham, decided it was time to take out the old countertops and make more room for their customers.

His hard-working staff put in some extra hours and tore out the old counter. It was quite a chore. Lots of hours of a sled hammer and crowbar, the counter finally came apart.

The new countertops feature “wings” where a computer was installed and the staff can still interact with customers. The countertop was made from glued laminated timber, or glulam. Two coats of Ecopoxy, one coat to seal, and a second as a top coat. The new countertops were then sanded lightly at 500 grit and buffed it out to help flatten the sheen.

The results are stunning and the store gets compliments about the countertops on a daily basis.

Maple Table Top with Cherry Inlays

The Windsor Plywood Cranbrook store was working on another project in the wood shop. This time it maple plank table with cherry inlays. The table is 38″ wide by 96″ long. It’s crafted from 2″ thick by 4″ to 6″ wide planks of maple.
What a fantastic project to take on!

Some of the tools used:
Festool OF 1010 EQ Plunge Router
Festool Guide Rail FS FS 2700/2
Festool Multi-Mode Sander RO 150 FEQ-Plus
Big thanks to the team for stopping and taking pictures of the process.
Look forwards to more projects in the future.

Custom Rocking Chair by Alistair

Hi my name is Alistair, I live in Calgary AB.
Below is a rocking Chair I built from a variety of wood, it is made from walnut, cherry, ash, poplar and spruce most of which was purchased from the south location Windsor Plywood in Calgary.

The chair is 43 ply’s glued up and then carved with chainsaw, angle grinder and chisels then sanded with an orbital sander down to hand sanding to a 400 grit. The finish is a pre-catalysed lacquer that has been sanded between coats and polished.

It was a super fun project and I look forward to making more of these, thanks for all your great products Windsor Plywood!!

You can see my other work at standingdeadwoodworks.com

 

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

Rustic Barn Door Table Project

Custom bar wood vanity made out of Zator's barn door fir ,finished off with vinager and steel wool mix ,320 dollars cost ,2100 sell 6 hours of workThe crew at the Windsor Plywood Cranbrook store were it again. This time it was repurposing a rustic barn and using all the parts to make a table. Additional pieces of wood were cut for the legs and cross supports. The next step was to “age” the surface of the wood with the combination of vinegar, steel wool and tea. Click here to learn more about this process.
The table measures 52 inches long, 42 inches wide by 39 inches tall.
It took the staff 2 days to complete the project from start to finish. Looks great!
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How to Age Wood Using Vinegar, Steel Wool and Tea

fir-one-coat-tea-swatchIt’s easy to get that rustic, aged look of wood with a few simple steps and common household materials. When this process applied to a new piece of wood, it can help match the new piece, to a naturally aged blank or create your own style.

To get started, you will need just three household ingredients: distilled white vinegar, grade #0000 steel wool and tea.

1. Pull apart the steel wool and fully submerge in a container of vinegar for at least 12 hours or until the steel wool disintegrates. Strain out any loose pieces of steel wool using cheesecloth or a paper filter. When steel wool is combined with an acidic acid (vinegar) it causes the steel to oxidize (rust), making iron acetate. Safety note: Making iron acetate produces hydrogen gas. Do not seal containers and keep in a ventilated area.

2. Steep tea for at least 1 hour and brush steeped tea onto bare wood to saturated it. Let the wood dry completely.

3. Brush your vinegar & steel wool solution (the iron acetate) into tea-saturated wood.

Why does it work?
Tea contains tannin, a bitter astringent that occurs naturally in many plants and organics such as wood. Brushing wood with tea adds more tannin, allowing the vinegar/steel solution to have a stronger reaction. The iron acetate reacts with the tannins and turns the wood a dark color. Different woods have various levels of natural tannin content so results will vary by wood species. (See our photos below for some of our experiments.)
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You will notice that whenever wood comes in contact with water, the wood fibers swell and the wood will feel rough after it has dried. This is called raised grain. To keep a smooth surface you will need to sand the surface again very lightly using dull sandpaper, just enough to remove the raised grain but not exposing new wood. Always sand in the direction of the grain. Don’t use steel wool to remove the raised grain as small pieces of the wool will break off and lodge in the wood pores, which will then rust and spot the wood when you apply the stain or finish.
aging_fir_yellow_cedar_wood_w_labelsWe recommend experimenting with a sample piece of wood. Try multiple coats and different teas until you get the look you want. There are many tricks and recipes for achieving different finishes. Consult your local Windsor Plywood for some of the latest products and finishes to get the look you want.

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Fir Conference Table Project by Windsor Plywood Cranbrook – Part 3

fir-table-img_7489The staff at the Cranbrook store have finished the Douglas Fir Conference Table. What a beautiful table! The staff spent just over 22 hours into the creation and the total weight of all the tables is 650 lbs! A big thank you go to the crew for taking pictures of the progress and sharing the project.

Check out the slideshow below for more pictures

Fir Conference Table Project by Windsor Plywood Cranbrook – Part 2

fir-table_pipe_clamps2The staff and Steve at the Windsor Plywood Cranbrook store have been working hard on the conference table. So far, the table top planks have been cut, trimmed, drilled for dominos (a style of dowels for joining wood together), glued and lightly sanded. It’s coming along well. The materials used so far has been:
– 480 dominos in top
– 102 in bases
– A gallon of glue
– new saw blade
– knives for the planer

Check back next week for more progress.

table top glued and ready to assemble

Fir Conference Table Project by Windsor Plywood Cranbrook – Part 1

Canfor_Conference_Table-ProjectSteve from the Cranbrook store sent in another project. His crew and himself are working on a 6′ wide by 24′ long conference table for a customer. The top and trestle style of legs will be made from locally harvested Douglas Fir. The customer supplied a bit over 500 board feet of lumber. In the next few weeks, Steve will share more pictures as the project progresses.

 

 

 

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