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These are leftover scraps of Bamboo plywood…........
Appreciate your comments.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA
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#1 posted 12-06-2010 07:12 AM
That looks really different- bamboo ply, wow.
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#2 posted 12-06-2010 04:04 PM
I really like the pattern the bamboo creates, very unique.
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#3 posted 12-06-2010 04:39 PM
Jeff, thanks for the mention. You took what I did and took it to a new level. That’s what this place is all about…. I love the concept of your board and will have to try this as well. My new drum sander opens all kinds of new possibilities to try. Now for a little information. I sold all my bamboo boards this weekend at the two shows I was doing. I have one more next week and then done for the year. I am going to take EROCK up on his offer and get a sheet of the bamboo plywood. I have found that the carbonized darker ply is more popular. The lighter (whiteish) flooring wooks well as accent pieces with the darker woods you and I use. EROCK gave me a few pieces of reject flooring and after cutting them into strips I found out why they were rejects. This particular run must of had a glue problem as some of them fell apart due to lack of glue stability. Hey, as a gift from EROCK it would not be nice of me to complain about it. It gave me the possibilty to try a new wood product that I wouldn’t have purchased to try. Thanks again EROCK. Jeff, if it weren’t for EROCK neither one of us would have tried this….. I was able to use about 60% of the strips and have a few left to try your board style. I found that the darker bamboo with the light strips of maple was very popular and the same of the lighter with Jatoba strips was very popular. Keep it up. Let’s keep pushing each others envelope to see what we can come up with.
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#4 posted 12-07-2010 03:57 AM
You guys are doing amazing things with bamboo! I should snag some for myself and make a few boards :)
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#5 posted 12-07-2010 09:17 PM
Nice. I hear bamboo is bad for chipout. I have installed about 500 sq ft of bamboo flooring in my house and have experienced some of the chipout problems. How have you guys gotten around that.
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#6 posted 12-07-2010 10:29 PM
It’s very fiberous so when routing a rounded edge on the end grain it sometime tears, but not much so far. I have noticed a little more when cross cutting on the TBL saw (but the blade was dull). Not sure what Jeff has experienced with it so far. Time will tell as I plan on getting more. I would guess that being so fiberous you need to keep your tools VERY SHARP…..
#7 posted 12-08-2010 02:46 AM
Hey Rex – you’re right about the chipout – I just had my Woodworker II sharpened so no problems on the tablesaw, but the roundover had a little tearout as well as the handle cutouts…...The stuff is very brittle so once it doesn’t take much to start the tearing.
Jim and Erock – thanks again for the great idea! I have a big stack of this material that I got for nearly nothing on CL, so will try another one as the scrap pile grows…....
#8 posted 12-08-2010 06:16 AM
When I’m making a crosscut on bamboo I like to put a piece of blue tape along the board where the cut will be made. That eliminates 99.9% of chipout for me.
Blue tape is the key so you don’t leave any residue in the pores that could cause finish problems.
#9 posted 12-08-2010 07:47 PM
Eric, Rex & Jeff – Great tip, I just used it with wonderful results but the roundover still peels it off a little but a little sanding takes care of that.
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#10 posted 12-12-2010 03:29 AM
Were did you all get the bamboo?
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#11 posted 12-12-2010 04:08 AM
Chefdavid – I got the bamboo from a guy on Craigslist. A big stack of cutoffs, like 30”x40” pieces, I paid $25 for the stack. He got them from a cabinet shop (I think) and claimed they paid $175.00 sheet. Who knows though?
Erock will have better info on what they use this stuff, I believe he sells it….......Erock?
#12 posted 12-13-2010 04:42 PM
Jeff, yeah bamboo sheets are very spendy. I believe you hit the price pretty close. If you got a stack of 30” x 40” pieces for $25 you did pretty good. I finished off two this last week and sold one of them at this last weekend show so the seed has been planted to get some more bamboo for more future LVDTs. They seem pretty popular, especially if you place some contrasting colored strips in the board to give the POP factor after it is oiled.
#13 posted 12-14-2010 06:49 AM
Typically the plywood is used for cabinet faces or furniture. We’ve had people buy it for surfboards and skateboards as well. I’ve attached some pictures. The booths in the first picture were made using tiger strand bamboo ply. The second picture is a surfboard that a client made using some plywood. The last one is the conference table in our board room.
As you can see, there are lots of uses for the bamboo ply. Personally, I like that the edges of the cross ply can be used to make awesome projects with a different look than standard bamboo, just like Jim’s trays/cutting boards. It really allows you to be creative!
Keep the ideas coming! I used Jim’s idea of adding contrasting strips to a few boards that I assembled tonight. That’s what I love about this site! Once they’re done, I’ll throw them up in the project section.
If anyone else has any questions, I’d be happy to help.
#14 posted 12-14-2010 03:08 PM
OK, here’s a thought. Get ready Jeff, I’m about to press your envelope again.
After you have your strips of bamboo inserted with a contrasting colored wood, all glued up and run through the drum sander for clean up. CUT this board into strips and start the process all over again except alternating the lay out of the strips to alternate the darker/contrasting piece. Let your minds eye do a little walk on the wild side here. A whole new end grain affect. Thoughts?
#15 posted 12-15-2010 05:43 AM
Hey Jim – I’ll try anything once…..are you going for the checkerboard effect here, or is my minds eye clouded by the holidays?
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