Bamboo table and chairs

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Project by ADBuilt posted 09-21-2014 02:04 PM 2064 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a family members lakehouse. I overheard them talking about a table they liked and found a picture. The table and chairs at the store would have come in at over $3,000. I made this for around $900. I used prefinished bamboo flooring for the chair & bench seats, table top and table stands. I think the bamboo table bases were the toughest part. Mitering all the corners was a pain to do and my table saw was not the best at the time so I had to do all the miters on the bandsaw. The chairs were definitely a learning experience. I had to redo the first one several times to get the correct angles to make them comfortable. This was the biggest furniture project I had ever done. It also made me realize how many more tools I need. I am so glad I heard about Sketchup this project would have been impossible to do without it. Also, compressed strand bamboo gives you terrible splinters!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 02:10 PM

Fantastic job! They are great looking! I have to ask how was it working with the compressed bamboo other than the splinters? I’ve read a bit about it and kind of wondered.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 02:14 PM

Congratulations, terrific project!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 02:20 PM

This set looks fantastic,the compressed bamboo certainly has a wonderfully unique look to it.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 02:36 PM

Awesome work. Very outstanding color to it. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 02:37 PM

Man, that is gorgeous! How long did this project take?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 04:32 PM

wow, that looks amazing, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 05:16 PM

The bamboo is extremely hard. It dulled all of my blades very quick. Since it was prefinished it was hard to fix any chip out I had since regular wood filler didn’t seem to match even with stain. This took me about 8 months. However, I moved to another house while making this and was renovating the new house at the same time as this build.

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 06:00 PM

Love the look!!! I am sure that will win you a few stays at the lake house with dinner included!!!

Great project and Welcome to LJ’s

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 06:55 PM

Great job on the build. It really looks nice. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Jim Sellers

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#10 posted 09-21-2014 09:14 PM

Man that’s nice. It looks like zebra wood. I don’t ever recall seeing bamboo finished like that.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 02:36 AM

Man that bamboo is amazing looking! This dining set turned out great, and I’m sure they’re going to love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 09:26 PM

The wood choice and craftsmanship are fantastic!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 09-23-2014 03:55 PM

Thats a really nice set!

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