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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 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.

 

 

 

Super Wide Parota Slabs

A few pictures to share of some super wide Natural Live Edge Parota Hardwood. Some of these pieces measure up to 57″ wide by 160″ long. Parota is primarily Central America, as well as Mexico and northern South America. Trees grow from 65 – 100 ft tall and 5 – 8 ft in diameter.
Check out your local Windsor Plywood store for stock and selection.
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Barrel Back Boat by Randy Weflen

Thanks to the Windsor Plywood Nanaimo location for sending these pictures.

We don’t have a lot of details to share about this project, but the pictures are fantastic. The contributor, Randy Weflen is a craftsman from Vancouver Island that specializes in high-performance, eco-friendly wooden surfboards.

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Photo courtesy: (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

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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Highly Detailed Wooden Vehicles and Train by Earl- My Windsor Project

The follow story and pictures were sent in from Earl
I’ve been woodworking since I retired from BC Hydro in Nanaimo. Always get my lumber from Windsor Plywood in Nanaimo. I get my plans from Toys and Joys in Lynden Washington.

Excavating vehicles and logging trucks are in high demand. Each project takes about 2 weeks to complete, 5 hours per working day.

Right now I’m make 4 logging trucks on special order.

Hope this helps.

Earl

eradu@shaw.ca

Ambrosia Maple Dining Table by Dan – Customer Projects

The following story and pictures were sent in from Dan at Integrity Woodworks. Dan can be reached atthewoodbug@gmail.com for more information. Thank you Dan for sharing and we look forwards to more projects.

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Finally, I am creating a dining set for the love of my life. Maple table top, black walnut bases, and figured black cherry sculpted chairs.

We started with a 12 foot long 13 ish inch wide 3-inch thick book matched set of big leaf maple slabs. bookmatched 12 foot Ambrosia maple slabs
First step was to cut both slabs in half length wise , three pieces becoming the top
anther the bench top

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Top pieces before removing live edge from center board

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Top in various stages of layout and glue up, with these I flatten with hand planes after glue up is complete and stable.

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After about 40 hours of flattening , setting epoxy and three cherry (dovetail keys) aka bow ties or butterfly keys, sanding up to 320 grit silicone paper, extensive hand planning, card scrapping and some selective belt sanding, and finally, a hand rubber finish has been applied several times.

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After my mind flipping back and forth on doing a crazy bent lamination to look like cast iron. My smarter half really liked the two completely different X base tables I had done a few years ago. We found the perfect piece of walnut to do the entire table base from 2″ thick x 15″ x 7′ long. Then we found a second board from same stock for bench legs!

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Walnut for table base

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I am on the finishing of legs now , then will get a little in depth here on how I attach the bases.

Civil War Replica Cannon by Ed – Customer Project

Ed stopped by the Windsor Plywood store in Great Falls to thank the staff for sourcing the wood used in this Civil War Replica Cannon.  White Oak was used in the carriage, Hickory for the wheel spokes and Elm for the wheel hubs.  The wood was sent to an Amish community in Ohio as they built quite a few for the Union during the Civil War and still have the knowhow.  This artillery piece shoots about a mile and a half ‘very accurately’ according to Ed.

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Great-Falls-CannonPictured from left to right; Eric Gosshorn, Neil Hutcheson, Harvey Hacket, Mike Wedeknid, Kurt Stull and Mr. Ed Hinkle.

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