Bamboo Cutting Boards with Walnut and Jatoba strips

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Project by EROCK posted 12-15-2010 01:09 AM 2110 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made using bamboo flooring that was ripped down. The first board has some walnut strips of alternating thickness, where the second uses jatoba.

Finished with mineral oil.

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 01:43 AM

Very interesting Eric. I will try this for a change. This method makes the LVDT look more like bamboo as opposed to mine looking like a BUNCH of small pieces glued together. I like it. I still have a few pieces of this lighter bamboo so I can try this. How’s the “Shop in the Sky” coming along? I see you finished it with minereal oil, try the mineral oil bees wax combo. The bees wax adds just a touch more water repellency to the finish. The hard part is heating it, but a microwave works just fine. It looks great my friend. I will be stopping by sometime after the new year to get a sheet of ply (wife’s orders). She wants one. Sold all the others.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 02:01 AM


The shop in the sky has been put on hold for now. It’s hard to find time to get it all put together… I’ll have to try the beeswax with the mineral oil. I’ll give it a shot on the next board I make. Just let me know when you want to pick up a sheet of the ply and I’ll get it for you at my cost. Should be under $100 :)

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 02:03 AM

Or I can take a look at the ply cutoffs we have at the shop. That way you could get some different styles (uni-directional, cross lam, strand woven, etc) I can probably snag those for you at next to nothing.

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 02:09 AM

Sounds great. I’ll probably do both. Can NEVER have TOO MUCH WOOD.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 06:51 AM

Looking good Eric. I love the face grain of the bamboo. Any idea how well this will hold up to the mighty knife?

Still learning about this material, are commercially sold bamboo boards, end grain or face grain?

I mixed up some bee wax / mineral oil tonight and put the final finish on a bunch of boards. Used a makeshift double boiler on the kitchen stove and kept the burner on low. This keeps the mixture fluid and warm so I coated 14 boards. They are covering every surface in the kitchen, dining room and living room!

Thanks for posting.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 12-15-2010 12:33 PM

Great looking boards, nice color combo.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-15-2010 03:08 PM

Those are real nice and they will make wonderful gifts.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-15-2010 03:27 PM

Nice. It looks great.
Can’t wait to try bamboo someday.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-15-2010 05:02 PM

Jeff, I thnk most are long grain. Now today is the real fun. Wiping off the excess oil/wax. I think you’ll be happy with the results after you wipe off the excess. I even tried heating the mineral oil for the first 3 coats. Not sure if it helped but theoretically the warmth from the oil would expand the woods pores to allow the oil with its lower viscosity to enter the pores and be obsorbed by the wood easier. That is, if I remember my physics correctly. OH, my head hurts after that one…......

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 12-15-2010 05:14 PM

Nice looking boards. I wiill have to give Bamboo a try. How thick are your boards?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#11 posted 12-15-2010 06:54 PM

JL7- Most bamboo cutting boards I’ve seen have been face grain. My company does have end grain ply if I ever feel like cheating when making a chopping block ;-) Have fun wiping off all those boards!

Mike- The boards are about 3/4” thick. When using flooring that is 5/8×3-3/4”, it’s hard to get them much thicker without having the strips ending up only 1/4” wide in the board. Since it’s bamboo, that really wouldn’t make much of a difference look-wise, but that is a lot of milling and my surface planer would probably go on strike!

Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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