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Windsor Plywood Gingerbread House Wins Contest and Donates Funds Back to Charity

img_0110Windsor Plywood Cranbrook has claimed first prize in the Gingerbread House contest for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Owner Steve has donated the entire $500 prize back to the Boys and Girls Club charity.

An additional $140 was also raised at an auction for the actual gingerbread house. It measures 3 feet by 4 feet and is made from 3 gallons of icing, Baltic Birch plywood framing, gingerbread logs, real rocks, plenty of candy and required 10 hours of work.

It was a great chance to give back to the community and put some smiles on kids’ faces.

Windsor Plywood plans on being a sponsor at next year’s event and will also provide small gingerbread houses for children to assemble.

The contest garnered 30 entries, 40 gift baskets and 12 decorated trees which were sold at auction and silent bids. Over $7000 was raised and lots of fun was had!
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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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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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Lebanese Drum Project by Khalil

The following email was submitted from Andy at Windsor Plywood Calgary North location.

I’ve attached a pair of pictures of a Lebanese drum a customer has made from our rubber ply.  His name is Khalil.  He used multiple layers of the rubber ply, and moulded them into the body of the drum.  He has stretched goat skin over to create the drum head.

Khalil told me he is one of two people in western Canada that makes these.  I have not fact checked this, but it sounds cool!

Note: Rubber plywood is actually a plywood called Luan. The stock Windsor carries is 5.2mm in thickness and has a unidirectional veneer. Ideal for bending and curves.

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Close up pictures of Luan Bending Plywood
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For the Birds- Custom Bird houses from Building Materials

Here is a really inexpensive project that anyone can build with common hand tools. Materials will only cost a few dollars and will include various moulding profiles, some lumber or plywood (make sure it’s exterior grade) and the paint or stain of  your choice.
The size of the house is left up to your bird watching judgment. There are three different styles to choose from. But remember, whichever house you choose to construct, make sure it is located out of the neighbourhood cats reach!

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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

Lloydminster (Alberta) Home Show feature: Austrian Mappa Burl

Here is a few shots of a slab the Windsor Plywood Lloyminster prepared for the Home & Garden show in Lloydminster, Alberta.. It’s Austrian Mappa Burl and it looks like golden silk. Finished with a Livos Oil.

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Hardwood Train – Customer Project from Al from Langley, BC

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Al from Langley brought this project into the store. It’s a nicely done train made with Maple and Walnut. All the finishing lumber were purchased from Windsor Plywood Langley.

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