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Forum topic by dq2 posted 10-23-2010 06:47 AM 1282 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2010 06:47 AM

I know that bamboo is not technically wood, it is a grass. However, I have a friend that was asking me if bamboo is dishwasher safe. They would like me to make several various sized serving trays, but need them to be dishwasher safe.

That got me thinking … is there a food-grade epoxy that I could cover over some exotic wood that would be dishwasher safe, or is it possible to apply fiberglass over wood to make it dishwasher safe? Is there a supplier of bamboo that could answer questions regarding bamboo?

Please provide feedback on:
food-grade epoxies
fiberglass sealing

Since I have only been a member of this great site for less than a month, someone may already have discussed this topic, but I haven’t figured out how to navigate to it. Links to these discussions would be very helpful.

I appreciate your collective wisdom. thank you.

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 06:24 PM

I cannot speak to the question of dishwasher safe because I really don’t know. However, I can opine on bamboo because I have done quite a bit with it.

We have bamboo flooring in our home and I used left over flooring for a number of applications (including the top on my work bench). It is a very hard and durable material. The bamboo I have came with the one side pre-finished. That finish is virtually indestructible but when I work with it I always need to hide the edges.

I have had trouble finding it other than as flooring.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 07:27 PM

So far in my research, here is what I have found:

I did find a few sites that have dishwasher safe thin bamboo cutting boards that could work.

Totally Bamboo

Tru Bamboo

Most sites I have visited recommend using food-grade mineral oil after hand washing, rather than using the dishwasher. This is because bamboo, or any other wood, will dry out and needs the protection.

I also received an email from in Oregon asking them the same question. Chris Miller answered: “I would say no, it will raise the grain and repeated washing would cause it to delaminate. Yes you could coat it with any epoxy that you would use on wood or use a layer of fiberglass. Quite a few people buy the veneer to use on surf boards and then coat it with fiberglass. The 1/4” 3/ply is $105 plus freight.”

From others here at LJ, I have read that the edges are a concern. The fibers are very sharp when cutting, and this stuff can be pretty hard on blades.

Now, how about those of you that may have used a food-grade epoxy resin and/or fiberglass to protect your project?

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 12:43 AM

I don’t think any finish will stand up to repeated dishwasher exposure.

A few coats of epoxy, followed by a few more coats of a very good marine varnish might be close, but I’d never put them in the dishwasher. Hand washing should be fine, though.

-- Gerry,

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