Bamboo Cutting Board

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Project by vipond33 posted 08-13-2011 04:30 PM 2846 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I’m not a card carrying, bona fide member of the cutting board club; all of my many previous efforts given as gifts look very pedestrian compared to some of the marvels I have seen here on LJ. Yet to tell the truth, I usually prefer side or edge grain looks and subtle flourishes rather than three dimensional imaginings, simply because everything comes up brighter that way. Apologies to the club and perhaps I will try the 3D technique someday.

Now sometimes a different material is a game changer. Working on an elaborate bed for a client today I had off cuts of 6/4 bamboo plywood at hand. They suddenly popped opened my eyes. I cocked my head to the side, thought for a bit, then zip zip zip on the big saw, glue and clamp, through the wide sander and all done in 1 hour flat. Sheer impulsiveness.

The ease of the work didn’t prepare me for the rather nice result or the decision that maybe, just maybe I would finally kick my shameful habit. You see, I have always cut on plastic. Always. (I know, I know). Anytime I have thought about using one of my own boards I was afraid of the first knife mark – I wanted to scrape it out before continuing. It would take forever to prepare a meal that way. But the bamboo is a riot of lines and visual textures just welcoming the knife. “Go ahead, you can do it, I won’t tell” it says. Thanks. So is there a secret handshake for apostates?

10 1/4”x 15 1/2”x 1 3/8”
About 1hr.
Build on LJ’s.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 05:04 PM

I have a ‘store bought’ bamboo board that the wife unit and I just love. We can hack away with glee. I have never tried building one myself, you have inspired me.

You do really good work on a moments notice. Cool. Nice lines.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 05:07 PM

Very nice board Gene Got the wheels turning in my head, looks like a nice material to do some segmented bowl turning, where in the world do you get Bamboo plywood, especially 6/4 never even heard or seen it before now. sure haven’t seen it here in Indiana

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 06:52 PM

Great board and I’d say your a member. This is something that I’m sure many will try to make, myself included. Great board!!!!!

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

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 07:30 PM

I’m also am interested in where you got the material. Good project

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 10:17 PM

Neat looking board! As for secret handshake…. check degoose’s blog at-

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 12:48 AM

nice flat work :-)

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#7 posted 08-14-2011 03:03 PM

can anyone tell me how bamboo compares with a hard wood board (maple,walnut etc.)

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 09:19 PM

Great board!! Would love to build one myself. Where did you get the bamboo?

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#9 posted 08-15-2011 03:42 AM

Thanks for all the great comments, much appreciated. We bought this material, which is new to me, from a local supplier. The sheets are labeled as coming from: which is an east coast Canadian company. I’m sure that it is available in the states, check with your lumber or plywood supplier. The 4×8 sheets we have in 3/4” and 1 1/2” are dense and hard. They weigh more than MDF or particle board by quite a bit, the 6/4 is almost too much for two guys to lift. I think you can tell from the last two pictures that it is well constructed and I have found it to be very tightly glued together with very few voids. Made in China, no surprise. gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 09-18-2011 08:01 AM

Absolutely beautiful surface and pattern.

And being a bonafide bamboo lover (having planted and cared for 15 different species in Oregon, Florida and here in Sweden), I take extra pleasure in seeing someone else discover and utilize some of the unique properties of this incredible grass. If you or anyone has any interest to learn more about one of the greatest gifts to mankind, I would suggest reading David Farrelly’s ‘The Book of Bamboo.’ It is the most comprehensive book written about this amazingly useful plant.

Additionally, Gene…. great use of scraps!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#11 posted 10-22-2011 05:54 PM

Very nice, Gene! I really like the pattern you have created here.
I love the subtle end grain

I’ve got a bunch of end grain hardwood cutting boards in the works for
gifts for family and friends… I hope they turn out a fraction as nice as this
one is! [I am trying a random pattern approach, which is allowing me
to make SCADS of sawdust with all the glueing and resawing required.]

It’s going to be interesting having to allow family and friends to
“cut up” all of my hard work…I hadn’t thought about that yet…

-- Reach my personal page at, and The Sawdust Factory [my online "shop"] at

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