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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 1364 days ago 992 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here are the steps that I accomplished to get to this point. I did run the cut strips thru the drum sander to clean them up a little and to take any imperfections out so the glue would hold better, at least that was the plan. I hope to take the clamps off tomorrow and maybe run it thru the drum sander to see if my design will hold true.


Misc. bamboo pieces I have to work with


Cut blanks to be cut into strips


Cut strips


Strips turned on edge


Bundled edge pieces


Hopefully this is what the board will look like


Glued and clamped

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington



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EROCK

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#1 posted 1364 days ago

Wow! That was fast! Glad to see you are putting them to good use.

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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WoodArtbyJR

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#2 posted 1363 days ago

I took the clamps off last night and scraped off the excess glue and let it continue drying overnight. I ran it through the drum sander this morning and then square cut the ends. I turned the cut off portions (from the end cuts) over, lined them up and discovered that this would also make an interesting board design. I guess the way this stuff is built, your could almost lay it in any direction and have a nice design. This stuff is really versitile. If you notice in pics 4 & 5 there are some voids in the center of the plywood. Not as much/many as cheaper fir type plywood grades but still there were some. My plan is to take some of the saw dust from my drum sander, mix it with Titebond lll and fill the voids. If someone else has a better suggestion, PLEASE SUGGEST…...I have a three day show to set up for today so I probably won’t get much time to devote to this project. Besides, I’m waiting for a set of brushes for my router to be delivered from Sears. In fact I have 6 other cutting boards and 3 wine caddies waiting in the wings to be routed as soon as the parts get here. So far I am pretty pleased with the workability of the bamboo and will be looking forward to making more with what I have. I have already ripped a length of bamboo flooring and inserted the strips into another cutting board for contrast. I will be finishing these boards using about 3 coats of mineral oil followed by a final coat of a mineral oil bees wax mixture.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Robb

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#3 posted 1363 days ago

Good looking board! Question: do you think that the glue used to make the ply is food safe and/or waterproof? If the answer to either one is no, it could be trouble.

-- Robb

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EROCK

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#4 posted 1363 days ago

All of our bamboo plywood is made using formaldehyde free E-0 adhesives. Water resistant and safe!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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WoodArtbyJR

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#5 posted 1363 days ago

Robb, I hadn’t thought about that. Good catch. EROCK (Eric) thank you for your quick answer (and the right one). I have mixed the sanding dust with Titebond lll (to make a filler paste), applied it and now waiting for it to dry to resand. But, so far, everything is looking very positive. I sander the larger South American hardwood board I inserted 4 bamboo strips into and it looks good. I will post it and the bamboo board on the projects page after I seal them (next week).

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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