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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 1353 days ago 1489 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was the fortunate recipient of a load of oak, ash, birch, maple, jatoba and some bamboo today. Thank you Eric. In this lot there were some strips of 1/2” & 3/4” thick solid core bamboo plywood. I know people sell bamboo cutting boards. So,I was thinking of cutting these into strips, stand them on edge, gluing them together and would end up with an end grain bamboo cutting board. Will this stuff glue easly? I know some woods don’t glue very well. Anyone have any experience gluing bamboo? I would think, Titebond lll should handle this task. It would definately provide an interesting cutting board look. Any thoughts degoose, dusty or Bill Roberts?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington



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degoose

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#1 posted 1353 days ago

FWIW… I have heard that bamboo is hard on the knife edge… makes them blunt faster.. that said TB III should handle the glue up…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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WoodArtbyJR

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

Larry – I had also heard that. Glad I have the drum sander. I will post pics when & if I am able to make a cutting board like I hope to. I am also told that sheets of this stuff is VERY SPENDY…..

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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grosa

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#3 posted 1353 days ago

I have worked with a lot of bamboo and it is hard on tooling.

-- Have a great day.

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JL7

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#4 posted 1353 days ago

Hey Jim, I also stumbled upon a decent size lot of bamboo plywood. It will glue up no problem but watch those slivers, it is hard and brittle! Never built any cutting boards from it so I’m curious to see your results. I’ve heard mixed reviews about using bamboo for cutting boards, but really don’t know what to believe on that?

Keep us posted.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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GodofBiscuits

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#5 posted 1353 days ago

Titebond III should work great for you. Mary and I have used bamboo cutting boards and haven’t had issue with keeping an edge on her pricey knives. I personally like the look of Bamboo on a cutting board. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

- Jeffrey

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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WoodArtbyJR

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#6 posted 1353 days ago

Well, I’ve started ripping the strips (cuts easly), and have set them up on the edge and they look like they will make a nice looking cutting board. Cut a few more strips and then the gluing begins. Pics to follow.
Thanks Jeff & Jeffery.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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blackivory69

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#7 posted 1353 days ago

I just finished my first bamboo cutting board. I used Titebond III with no problem. I’ll try to post it later. :)

-- blackivory69

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SPalm

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#8 posted 1353 days ago

I too like bamboo cutting boards, but have never worked with the stuff.
It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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poroskywood

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#9 posted 1353 days ago

kolwdwrkr did one here This came out really awesome. Doesn’t anyone care about the starving Pandas? Buy North American Hardwoods!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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WoodArtbyJR

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#10 posted 1353 days ago

poroskywood, very nice, thank you. The bamboo was FREE, that trumps “Buy North American Hardwoods” everytime…..also says that he used mineral oil to seal it, very good information. More to follow.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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EROCK

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#11 posted 1352 days ago

Glad to donate to a fellow Lumberjock!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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