Some simple trays out of bamboo

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Project by EROCK posted 03-08-2011 06:57 AM 2759 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictures 1 to 3 are of a endgrain carbonized bamboo cutting board. 3/4” Thick and about 8”x14”

Picture 4 is a Horizontal carbonized bamboo cutting board. 3/4” Thick and about 8”x16”

Pictures 5 and 6 are another endgrain board. I was thinking it could either be a cutting board or a serving tray… What do you think? Handles or no handles? The handles are stainless steel.

All have 3 coats of mineral/beeswax finish.

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 07:31 AM

Hi EROCK, They all look really good. My preference is to have the handles, and I like the style that you show in the photo. Two questions . . . Where do you find bamboo like this, and what sizes does it come in?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 08:06 AM

Bamboo.. a grass actually. Great, strong stuff. Built a dresser out of it. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 09:06 AM

the endgrain kinda has a lace wood look to it.neat cutting board.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 03:02 PM

Nice! I like the colors of your project’s!

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 04:48 PM

Good looking boards you have made here.

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

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 04:57 PM

Eric, Yes, this is something I am interested in. It has the grain and appearance that I am looking for and appears that in it’s common state it could save me time in construction. I like the serving tray aspect. I found a local supplier (not the orange or blue box stores) for some really cool handles at a very good price. I have been wanting to make some cutting boards like the one you have shown with the hand hole and now with this product I think I can begin. Nothing better then the old mineral oil bees wax combo to seal them with. Very nice Eric and good to see you back making chips and saw dust. PM me with the info on this sheet of plywood.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 06:20 PM

What exactly does carbonized mean?

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 07:26 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

@Druid The bamboo plywood comes in 4×8 sheets. You can find it at

@Charles Maxwell Carbonized is when the bamboo is baked. The sugars in the bamboo make it the darker color. It is also available in natural, which is the lighter color.

Jim, I have to say that I did steal your idea for the handles. Can you PM me the source for the handles? $6/ea at the orange store hurts…

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 08:51 PM

Thanks for the source information. They have quite a selection.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 08:16 PM

Great looking project. I bought handles similar to these at Ikea for about $3.00 a set.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 08:56 PM

I like Jim’s idea for sourcing the handles at Ikea. Good price. If you want a wider variety of hardware for all types of projects, have a look at this on-line catalog . . .

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 09:35 PM

Another source is I have a local plumbing supplier that sells these and has me listed as a manufacture and wholesales them to me at a great price. GREAT quality at less then box store prices, plus betteer selection. Haven’t been to Ikea yet but plan a trip real soon. I’ve looked at Lee Valley and after you add in the shipping you’re at or more then the box store. BUT, if selection is key, then you might be required to pay more to satify that customers need/want…........

Another item that is key for the larger LVDTs is the little bumper feet for the underside. Closetguy stated that he gets his from Lee Valley so I ordered 180 of item B from this link.,40993,41285&ap=1
Got them last week and installed them on three LVDTs and love the product. They come with a sticky back, but being oil finished and sticky doesn’t work, I use a #8×5/8 screw to attach them, They are poly and don’t slip or slide on the countertop. Adds about a $1 to the LVDTs price. Well worth it.

Just added info.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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