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Anyone ever work with bamboo lumber?

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  • #282387
    aa_custom
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    PIttsburgh, PA

    I just got a call from someone looking for bamboo shelving for the bakery cases in their coffee shops.

    I’ve never worked with solid bamboo lumber. I’m not sure if I could even source it here. I’ve only worked with bamboo flooring, and I know its insanely hard, and feel like it would be very hard on tools.

    Have any of you ever used it? How do your blades take it? Can it be glued with normal wood glue?

    #282391

    The only thing I have heard about it is that it can be stringy and have some nasty splinters – so it might make sense to break the edges with sandpaper or a small round-over or something. But I think that it works OK. Not sure if it is hard on tool edges, but I do not think it would be overly abrasive.

    Orange County, CA

    #282394
    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I don’t even think they sell bamboo here in Canada .

    #282398
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Ive gotten some gnarly splinters from the times I’ve used it for flooring. I remember it being really difficult to drill through as well.

    #282399
    Sprokitz
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    Eastern shore of, Pa

    Regular wood glue would work. Would bamboo ply be an option ?
    http://www.plyboo.com/products/edge-grain-bamboo-plywood

    #282402
    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    I don’t even think they sell bamboo here in Canada .

    I think your right! Easy to get bamboo bed sheets though :S ??

    Edit – Nice link @Sprokitz first time for me checking this stuff out

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #282404
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Regular wood glue would work. Would bamboo ply be an option ?

    http://www.plyboo.com/products/edge-grain-bamboo-plywood

    Nope, that was my first thought. The edges will be visible though, and he said doesnt want exposed ply edges, or edge banding.

    #282405
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Looks like solid lumber is available though. http://www.woodworkerssource.com/BAM44-p-lumber.html

    Looks a bit pricey. I’ll have to call around to see if any of my suppliers can get some in.

    #282412
    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    Makes sense that it cut and laminated to make the planks. If you do any work with it @aa_custom make sure to take some pics

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #282420
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Makes sense that it cut and laminated to make the planks. If you do any work with it @aa_custom make sure to take some pics

    Will do!

    #282465
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen it for sale in my area. Cutting boards and flooring are common enough, but dimensional lumber is probably special order if it’s available at all.

    Jon P.
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    #282501
    woodman_412
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    I’ve seen bamboo plywood but not solid lumber. I’ve never cut it but I’ve heard the same things about it splintering and being fairly brittle. I would think if you had nice sharp tools it wouldn’t be too much of a problem.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #282541

    Looks like solid lumber is available though. http://www.woodworkerssource.com/BAM44-p-lumber.html

    Looks a bit pricey. I’ll have to call around to see if any of my suppliers can get some in.

    Never seen it in person . But pricey from that site for small length.

    Always willing to learn .

    #282597

    I have done a bamboo floor, over all pretty easy to work with. Its been several years, i remember it being very stringy and i recall getting some nasty splinters from it. I would use it again on a project and have been interested in the bamboo plywood.

    #282946
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’m surprised Dirty hasn’t chimed in on this one yet, I thought he said once he has used it quite a bit

    #282961
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Just called a supllier here. Apparently the sheet goods are solid strand woven, and not veneer core. Waiting to hear back on pricing and sizes.

    #282989
    mjreich
    Pro
    Coon Rapids, MN

    The only time I use bamboo lumber is when I’m eating Chinese food. Sorry, I cannot be of more assistance.

    #283050
    KenW
    Pro

    It must be available, though in what form I have no idea. I’ve seen semi trailers advertise they have bamboo flooring in them. That would have to be fairly tough.

    #283078

    Just called a supllier here. Apparently the sheet goods are solid strand woven, and not veneer core. Waiting to hear back on pricing and sizes.

    What’s the sheet sizes .

    Always willing to learn .

    #283150
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Just called a supllier here. Apparently the sheet goods are solid strand woven, and not veneer core. Waiting to hear back on pricing and sizes.

    What’s the sheet sizes .

    They never called me back >:o

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