Bamboo With Bamboo Hinges

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Project by gfadvm posted 04-12-2012 11:02 PM 2430 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another challenging project: could I resaw bamboo and make Shipwright hinges? And could I build this where all edges were mitered so that it looked like the top grain flowed down across the front and back? Dimensions are 12×7x4 1/2”. Finished with brushed on shellac and Renissance wax. I think it turned out OK and answered some questions for me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 11:19 PM

so where did you get this bamboo, did you mill it yourself, i have a lot of bamboo right here on my place, but i dont really know how i could mill it for this type of use, can you shed some light on this…i think this turned out just beautiful…the whole thing, great hinges as well, very good work here…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 11:19 PM

Beautiful box, very nice job.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 11:20 PM

Excellent looking box Andy. You really made that bamboo come to life and the hinges…well, you sure have mastered the wood hinge and ways to incorporate how they blend in with your boxes.
The bamboo grain really flows together nicely. I wonder how bamboo would sculpt.
Great !!!

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 11:30 PM


-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 12:40 AM

You keep popping out these beauties. Well Done .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 12:51 AM

Grizz, This stuff is laminated with 3/16” of tiger strand bamboo on either side with regular bamboo strips inside. The layers are at right angles to each other so it is really stout and REALLY heavy. Don’t think this is a do it yourself deal. Mine are scraps from a Japanese Steakhouse in Nebraska that a buddy brought me. He told me that a 4×8 sheet costs almost $500 so I won’t be buying any! Greg, I don’t think you could sculpt this stuff: the tiger layer is only 3/16” thick and it is VERY splintery (but you might). Your latest avatar is MUCH better!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 01:31 AM

yea i had heard the sheet good were that high, there sure proud of a bunch of grass, i wish i could figure a way to work with what i have, ive got some pretty stout stuff, some 6 inches around or better…well you sure made a nice box, i know that, lucky you to have a good friend to bring you the left overs, i wont be buying no 500 sheet of bamboo…i can think of to many other things for that…but thanks for the info…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 01:43 AM

looks very nice through my eyes

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

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 01:44 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Your craftsmanship is as good as any here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 02:04 AM

The natural beauty is definitely there, but if it hadn’t for your skill and love for perfection, that box would not have happened, I can see that every miter, every joint, everywhere two edges come together was done perfectly. Andy, give yourself a pat oh the back for a fantastic job!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 04-13-2012 02:11 AM

That bamboo is amazing. Another fine box you have made.
Nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 04-13-2012 03:19 AM

Andy…..that is a fine box. The hinge really adds to the overall presentation.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 04-13-2012 03:27 AM

Thanks all. You guys are way too kind. Now if I can find someone who appreciates it enough to trade money for it, I can buy more toys to make more boxes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 04-13-2012 03:29 AM

and here i thought all it took was a hammer and a few screws and a splash of glue here and there….dang, now i have to learn alll over…......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 04-13-2012 04:45 AM

Another good one Andy. The bamboo gives a very exotic feel.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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