BamBoo Chest

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Project by Derek posted 04-01-2011 05:53 AM 2916 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made out of Bamboo flooring, it took a little time, because the flooring was pre-finished and had to be sanded off.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 01:10 PM

I have been thinking about doing something with bamboo. I didn’t want to waste money if the floor was unworkable. Seeing what you have done here, I think I will pick up a box and see what I can do with it. Did you try a card scrapper to remove the finish? Seems like it would use a lot of sandpaper to get all the finish off. Would you use the flooring again? Thanks for sharing this.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 02:26 PM

Looks very nice!! How was it to work with?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 04:03 PM

I have installed bamboo flooring and found it chips a lot. How did you cope with this?

I have a box left over. Something like this could be nice.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 04:41 PM

Holy tall grass batman, that is awesome!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 04:51 AM

I Love the look of the bamboo, But there’s three big drawbacks that i encountered. One being the factory finish on it, I was thinking it was baked on or even a clear powder coat, reason being, it was very think and i tried using lacquer thinner and also some acetone I had around and doesn’t seem to have cut or softened the finish.

Another being it is not planer friendly, even thou i broke in a new ridgid planer on it and got the job done it wiped out a set of blades doing it. Since then i have bought a Delta X5 18 X 36 drum sander and it takes the finish off like its nothing.
With the drum sander i would make more of these chests and have started a smaller one already.

The last real drawback is Bamboo flooring is not solid wood it’s laminated pieces there’s good solid on top and bottom but often you run across small voids in the pieces.

As far as the chipping went, i didn’t have too much problems with it, some splintering at the ends and I always found them, with my hand, Ouch. The blade i used was a 60 tooth.

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 11:18 PM

Very nice, fine construction and good design, the info on bamboo is great to hear, I am always learning here on the site, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 10:28 PM

oh I’m sure that is one stout coffee table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 01:41 PM

Derek – your project came up on the home page “roll of the dice.” Very nice. When I fisrt saw the phone on the home page, I thought it was a miniture – just the camera angle I guess. Nice work, love your badge you created too. Very nice. Gotta love a project that helps you justify the purchase of new tools to “da little women.”

-- Harold

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