Bamboo Plate

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Project by scottb posted 03-03-2011 05:29 AM 1847 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took advantage of the recent warm(ish) weather, and spent a little time at the lathe. I was going to make this back around Christmas, but time was not on my side.

Just a simple two-tone plate, 7 inches in diameter, in bamboo.

if you’re interested in a little bit of the how too, check out my blog:

Had fun with this, and would like to make more… but not until I get myself some Cole Jaws. They would save me a ton of time, and some minor issues with reverse mounting – primarily removing, and cleaning up the bottom.

I spent just about as much time sharpening the chisels as I spent turning… this bamboo was tough! Way tougher than the pens I’d turned previously.

*wait, you said “simple?”... tell me about that glue up…
Not much to tell… just a quick trip down the clearance aisle at Homegoods, scored me a $5 cutting board that was too small for any practical use, and WAY cheaper than the stock I’d need to glue up. Wouldn’t THAT have been fun?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 06:13 AM

This is really, really cool! Its beautiful, your use of grain, color and your lay-out is excellant!
(Well you would have made that way if you had not found it that way!)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 06:56 AM

Great looking Scott.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 07:54 AM

Awesome! Great thinking on the repurposed, pre-made stock.. Well done.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 04:15 PM

I have been wanting to make a project out of Bamboo and this may be the one. I haven’t found any Bamboo over 1/2” thick, so will check out your source. Oh, this is a Great project and one this done well….Good Job! This is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 05:48 AM

looks great Scott!
we’ve talked a lot about vacuum chucks in my turner’s group. that could be an alternative to your cole jaws issue.

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