Bamboo pen holder, (reclaimed flooring)

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Project by PASs posted 02-06-2011 10:10 AM 1469 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coworker had bamboo flooring installed in his home.
He gave me a few pieces to play with.
I planed the finish off, cut it into squares, glued it up and made a pen holder.
The bamboo is epoxied together and is VERY hard.
It’s also very brittle so turning was a bear.
Put it finished really well.
I put some 23 shellac on it and then buffed it with the Beile (sp) system.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 12:24 PM

Pete, this is a nice looking turning and a creative way to use up those scrap pieces. I put down some bamboo flooring about a year ago and can attest to its hardness. I had plenty of cut offs left over and could not figure out what to do with them. When I see posts like this I regret not having room for a lathe in my shop. This looks like it was fun to turn.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 05:12 PM

Pete – Nice project. Any issue planing the finish off the flooring pieces?. I have thought to use left over flooring for small projects, but was concerned the hard finish applied to the flooring would wreck havoc on my planer knives (dewalt 735). Thanks. Mike

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 05:27 AM

Graz, the blades on my Grizzly 6” jointer are dulling down anyway, but I don’t imagine it’s much worse than planing an other hardwood.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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