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Forum topic by kcrandy posted 10-24-2009 04:33 AM 2182 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2009 04:33 AM

Okay, latest Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue arrived and in it is a briefcase made from bamboo. Here is the web link to look at it

I have bamboo left from the lumber liquidators bamboo used to make the ceiling in our kitchen (Love it and believe this product would be perfect for bathroom ceilings). How would I go about resawing the bamboo I have left over to make into a briefcase. What kind of joints, etc.

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 04:39 AM

I have never used bamboo in a project ,I would guess you need to laminate it to a a substrate before building starts.

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#2 posted 10-24-2009 04:51 AM

How thick is it? The Bamboo flooring I’ve seen is only about 5/8 of an inch thick and if you tried to resaw that it wouldn’t be thick enough for a case. The case I’ve been working on I used half inch stock for the sides, top and bottom. If you want to see what I’ve done so far check out my blogs about it:


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#3 posted 10-24-2009 05:20 PM

I’ve got some bamboo flooring left over from Costco. The baked finish is almost impossible to sand off, and I certainly don’t want to dull my planer blades on it. Mine is almost too thin to resaw, but a little thick to use as is. Interesting dilemma. I have almost giving up just making a cutting board from it. It’s tough stuff. Oh, it’s also got grooves on the bottom side. I guess if you glued up the panels, you could use a belt sander on it.

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 02:36 AM

Thanks to all and to Chris: I’ll be following your project. I’m reminded, too, that in the 60’s the most elegant briefcases were very thin, much thinner than 4 or 5 inches. I always thought they would make elegant carrying cases for thin laptops and now netbooks.

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#5 posted 10-25-2009 03:11 AM

5/8 would be thick enough for resaw. A briefcase should have about 1/4” thick on the sides at most

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