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Simple Window Flower Box Project

Window-Box-assembledSimple Window Flower Box Project

Does the exterior of your home need a little dressing up? This window flower box is so easy you can make two or three in a few hours. So build a couple now and try your hand at planting some fall varieties of flowers or make it a winter workshop project.

1. Purchase flower box tray inserts made of fibreglass reinforced plastic.

2. Purchase 1″ x 6″ pressure treated or Western Red Cedar wood.

3. Cut from 1″ x 6″ three 34-3/4” pieces for the face, back and rails two 10’ pieces for the ends.

4. Using a jigsaw set a 45 degree angle bevel cut one of the 34 ¾ pieces into one 2-1/4 top mounting rail one 3-1/4 bottom mounting rail.

5. Slightly round the front edges of each end and cut the curved detail if desired into the bottom of the face board using a jigsaw.

6. Using three No. 6 x 2-1/2″ galvanized screws at each end, attach both ends of the box to the front face. Countersink each screw head slightly. Assemble all the pieces on a flat surface to make sure the board edges align.

7. Using no.6 x 1-1/2 galvanized screws, secure the top mounting rail to the back piece, flush to the top edge.

8. Inside both end pieces mount the back assembly flush to the top with the rail to the outside of the box. Use no.6 x 2-1/2 galvanized screws. Countersink each screw head slightly.

9. Putty over the screw heads and sand the box. If you plan to paint apply coat of primer then a top coat of an exterior enamel.

10. Drill three ½’ holes in the tray bottom with a layer of coarse gravel or small loose rock then fill with potting soil and plant your flowers.

11. Using four no.6 x 3’ galvanizing screws attach the bottom mounting rail to the wall location. Drop the top rail piece onto the bottom rail piece to mount the box on the wall.

Using this rail set up you can instantly remove the box for transplanting plants or for storing at the end of the growing season.


Throwback Thursday- Page 2 of 1954 Catalogue

Page 2- Floor Coverings, cabinet hardware and window/sash hardware.

Page 2- Floor Coverings, cabinet hardware and window/sash hardware.

Page 2 of “The Windsor” Catalogue from 1954

(Note: these are prices are not in effect. A few samples below)

Do it Yourself and Save!


These tiles are easily laid and a variety of patterns can be worked out with many colors. These floor tiles give you a long wearing and economical floor.

NAIRNS LINOLEUM TILE – Jaspé pattern, available in blue, green, grey, red, tan and fawn colors ….each $.14

TILEVEIN LINOLEUM TILE – Marble pattern, available in grey, green, yellow, red, blue, black and buff colors …. each $.20

Cabinet Hardware


For lipped doors, semi-concealed, 3/8″ offset.

Onward, nickel-plated… pair $.28
Amerock, nickel-plated… pair $.35
Amerock, chrome… pair $.60

Throwback Thursday- Page 1 of 1954 Catalogue

1954_catalog_page2Page 1 of “The Windsor” Catalogue from 1954

(Note: these prices are not in effect. A few samples below) #throwbackthursday


2’0″ x 6’6″ x 1-3/8″…. FIR- Paint Grade $8.20  FIR- “C” Grade…. $6.00  MAHOGANY- $9.50
2’4″ x 6’6″ x 1-3/8″…. FIR- Paint Grade $8.50  FIR- “C” Grade…. $6.75  MAHOGANY- $9.80
2’6″ x 6’6″ x 1-3/8″…. FIR- Paint Grade $8.80  FIR- “C” Grade…. $7.25  MAHOGANY- $10.15
2’8″ x 6’8″ x 1-3/8″…. FIR- Paint Grade $9.20  FIR- “C” Grade…. $7.50  MAHOGANY- $10.50
* “C” Grade slab doors have repairable surface defects



Kiln-dried fir flooring in “C and Better” grade. Sizes 1″ x 3″ and 1″ x 4″. Fir-Flooring-end-grainWhen ordering be sure to specify whether flat grain or edge grain required.
Flat Grain…. per board foot $.17 1/2
Edge Grain…. per board foot $.21 1/2


A beautiful flooring with hard-wearing qualities that resist marking. A floor that lats a lifetime. Each piece is tongue and groove and end-matched and is very easy to lay. All our oak flooring is bundled in small convenient bundles which makes it easy to handle.

No. 1 COMMON REGULAR LENGTHS (2′ lengths and up)
25/32″ x 2-1/4″…. per Board Foot $.28 ….  Approx. Price Per Sq. Ft. Laid Measure $.38
1/2″ x 2″…. per Board Foot $.27 ….  Approx. Price Per Sq. Ft. Laid Measure $.38

No. 2 COMMON REGULAR LENGTHS (2′ lengths and up)
1/2″ x 2″…. per Board Foot $.16 ….  Approx. Price Per Sq. Ft. Laid Measure $.22 1/2

No. 2 COMMON SHORTS (average length 1 1/4″)
25/32″ x 2-1/4″…. per Board Foot $.17 ….  Approx. Price Per Sq. Ft. Laid Measure $.23
1/2″ x 2″…. per Board Foot $.12 ….  Approx. Price Per Sq. Ft. Laid Measure $.16 1/2
COMPARE these prices to the cost of inlaid linoleum!

Full Operational, Wooden Shovelhead Replica Engine


The following story and pictures were sent in from the manager at the Windsor Plywood Edmonton (West) store in Alberta.
“We had a customer come in with a project that he would like featured on the blog. His name is Ken and he has put 200 hours into the project. He has built a 1966 shovelhead replica engine out of wood purchased at Windsor Plywood. The engine is fully operational, and can be taken apart to see the interior components. It operates exactly like a Harley-Davidson engine, with the pistons following instead of firing opposite of each other like an import bike. This piece was amazing, and isn’t his only one! He has built a V8 replica complete with blower, and Ken was working on making a functional intake and exhaust for it.”

Wooden-Engine-b-400 Wooden-Engine-a-400Looking for a closeup for a future build?
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Salvage and Reclaimed “Haunted House” Lumber!

P1010920The wood is actually called “London Plane” lumber. Planted about 1913, salvaged from the grounds of an allegedly haunted institutional home owned by the City of Vancouver.
The wood sawyer’s description: Kiln dried, milled, quarter sawed (except for some of the big wide slabs). Quartered to bring out the grain. The wood has a nice salmon color. Stunning grain, colour and figure. Some of the smaller pieces are just amazing. There is a nice collection of slabs for tables, good usable boards for projects and re-sawing and some unusual shapes good for artists and designers. Most is 2 1/4” and 3 1/4” thick.

P1010971Call your local Windsor Plywood store to see if any are left!

More information found here

Giant Hardwood Trees Brought Up from the Bottom of the Panama Canal (See Video)

In 1913, while building the Panama Canal, Theodore Roosevelt created what was then the world’s largest man-made lake (Gutan Lake) by damming the Chagres River and flooding an old growth jungle the size of Montreal. Ninety-seven years later, using submersible hydraulic chain saws lubricated with vegetable oil, these perfectly preserved tropical hardwood trees are being harvested from that underwater jungle.

Canal_Zapatero_screenThe Species: Canal Zapatero (Hieronima alchorneoides)

Appearance: Heartwood is dark reddish brown. Sapwood is mild reddish brown. Medium but pronounced grain pattern, usually straight or interlocked. Moderate lustre. Overall rich and warm. Very consistent color and grain.

Species Characteristics: Very hard and durable. Naturally resistant to decay, funguses and termite attack. Odourless and tasteless.

Uses: High quality furniture, veneers, wall panelling and general carpentry and millwork. Well suited for indoor and outdoor use. Very hard and very suitable for solid or engineered flooring or decking.

Work Properties: Canal Zapatero is easy to saw and work with hand tools, good to moderately good to plane, excellent for turning, mortising, boring, moulding and sanding. Nailing is difficulty and pre drilling is recommended. It finishes very well. Two or three coats of sealer are recommended. Because of the woods natural beauty it is recommended to use a transparent finish.

Hardness: Janka hardness – 1700. Excellent in high traffic areas.

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Mini Plywood Hummer

Mini Plywood Hummer- Russ Fitzpatrick

Mini Plywood Hummer- Russ Fitzpatrick


Name: Russ Fitzpatrick
Location: Spokane, Washington
Windsor Store: Spokane, Washington

Description: The plywood was donated by the local Windsor Plywood for a school project.

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