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
These chuck wagons were made for the Sam Steele Parade. The Windsor Plywood store in Cranbrook donated 6000 feet of veneer to make the wheels for the wagons. They were used for chuck wagon races.
The races were composed of 4 people pulling, one driver and 2 outriders on bikes. It was a blast to participate in and a real chuckle to watch.
In total, 10 of these small wagons were made for the community event.
All donations went go towards building houses for low-income families in the Kootenays area.
Windsor 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!
Windsor Plywood donated materials to the annual Small Talk Plywood Cup held on June 18th, 2016. Dozens of amateur boat builders gathered at Granville Island on Saturday afternoon to race in the fundraising event.
Seven teams of four had 90 minutes to build a single-person boat from plywood to travel across approximately 300 metres of False Creek as part of the fundraiser for Small Talk B.C., a language therapy centre for young children.
In addition to time constraints, the teams had limited tools to build their boats.
They were supplied with:
- two large sheets of plywood
- a rod of lumber
- one roll of duct tape
- one bag of nails
- a small handsaw
- a hammer
- a safety cutter
- one pencil
The next race takes place on June 17th, 2017
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.
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.
The follow project was sent in from an employee at the Windsor Plywood Airdrie store. The author of this blog, contacted the owner, Ed and asked if the work in progress could be posted and shared on the mywindsorproject.com blog. This was Eds reply:
“I am flattered that you would consider this project for inclusion in the blog. It will be completed within the next couple of weeks. How ’bout I send you some final pics of the completed interior/exterior and some notes about the project when done.”
We replied saying that would be a bonus. Almost a month went by and we received another email with updated pictures of the finished project. Great job on your project Ed! We all appreciate the reply and the fantastic follow-up.
Look forwards to more projects from your workshop Ed!
Attached are some pics of the finished project, the roll top desk.
The wood used is all cedar, much of it purchased from Windsor. The folks in Windsor Plywood Airdrie were really helpful. I used cedar plywood, 3/4 inch and 1/4 inch, as well as dimensional cedar lumber planned to desired thicknesses. It is finished with Varathane clear satin, visible locations sprayed.
I had not seen a roll-top made from cedar and thought that it would be unique.
Now I need a new project!”
(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.