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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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Remembrance Day – November 11th, 11:00am

We honor those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping people of other nations.
The painting below was created by a 11-year-old student, Aileeryia.In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.Windsor Plywood would like to salute all men and women who have served and continue to serve our communities and country. Thumbs up to the firefighters, police officers, paramedics and military personnel that empower us all.

Graham Kitchen Project

Maple cabinets in kitchenThe Windsor Plywood store in Coquitlam shared these pictures of a customer kitchen project.

All the wood in the kitchen was purchased from the local store and built by a customer. The wood used was domestic maple plywood and solid, surfaced four sides (s4s) maple stock.

The results are amazing!

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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.

 

 

 

Kyra’s Mahogany Bookshelf Project

The following story was shared from Kyra in Calgary, Alberta.

Built by the In-house carpenter at the Windsor Plywood Calgary south location to match the antique mahogany desk I refinished. The bookshelf is perfect and I was able to stain and lacquer it to match perfectly. It is a shame to put books on it as it is so beautiful!

Thank you Windsor Plywood! I’ll be back!!! So nice to get custom work done in exotic wood!!!Better than anything you can buy at a furniture store!!!! Thanks, Mahogany-bookshelf

Kens Live edge Black Walnut Coffee and End Table Project

The following story and pictures were sent in from Ken from Lake Country, BC. Ken is a frequent visitor to the Windsor Plywood in Vernon.

“I have been doing various wood projects for the past 10 years. Mainly for my family, such as self designed cradles and sit on toy boxes.

This summer, I got a chance to buy (7) Black Walnut slabs from a local mill in Summerland, BC. 

From these, I built the live edge coffee table and end table.  It is the first time that I have worked with this type of rough slabs and took a bit of time to match up the slabs for the table tops and legs.  I used my camera and took pictures of each slab and then printed them out.  By cutting the slabs out of the paper and matching, it was a good method to develop the tables. 

The slabs were narrow enough, that it was possible to use a power planner to smooth out the mill saw teeth marks on both sides of the slabs.  From there, use a band saw to cut to length of the table tops.  Removed the bark using a right angled grinder with a concrete grinding disk and to shape the live edge curves that I wanted in the tables.  Then used the small handheld belt sander and orbital sander to finish the shapes and table tops.  Sanding down to 220 grit and using a light and magnifying glass to check for sanding marks.

The legs took some time to design, cut out and finish, using the same tools.  Then the tables were sealed with wood conditioner and have 4 coats of gloss Polyurethane.  It was hard work to not get runs, so had to sand some of those out with each coat. 

I had started to build these for my wife, but there has been interest in purchasing them from a couple people, so if the price is right, I may sale them and then build another set for my wife.

The project was fun and being the first time working with this type of wood, there was a lot of time spent looking at the slabs and then slowly cutting them out and designing how to put them together, overall hours were in the 80 hours per table.

The walnut candle holders were from scrap and for our RV Trailer.”

Thank you Ken for sharing this project with your fellow woodworkers.

Black Walnut slabs after planningCoffee Table end view Righ side live edge walnut coffee table finished Side view of coffee table the two finished Coffee and End TablesCandle holders from Walnut for RV

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