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post #21 of 29 Old 05-07-2010, 11:00 AM
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bamboo sink

Thank you for the speedy response,

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http://www.lenovasinks.com/index.php...emart&Itemid=5

The stainless steel drain flange will be removed and the remaining rough hole will be routered smooth and curved down sanded and finished like the rest of the sink.
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The drain will be affixed with silicone and screws underneath.

I am concerned that long term I may get splintering, dirt, fuzzy ends at the new hole.

Any suggestions?

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dos, if you finish it like the rest of the sink there should be no problems with fuzziness or splintering. If the drain flange wiggles around and rubs a lot, there might be an issue, but that shouldn't happen. The drain, if installed properly, will be stable and not shift in its position so the hole will be sufficiently protected from rubbing that would cause splintering or fuzziness. I'm not sure how you'd get dirt there, but again, that should be a non-issue if the drain is installed properly.

I'll recommend using new router bits for the hole though as that will help reduce any initial splintering. If you do get some splintering, glue things down then do your finish work on the hole and you should be fine.
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Hi Frank,
I appreciate your help.
You mentioned the drain flange. It will be gone. The drain opening will be completely exposed bamboo. imagine the drain flange instead of mounted on top, fastened from the bottom, screwed into the wood and siliconed.

The wood hole is completely exposed. That is why I am so concerned about splintering and the ends fuzzing.

Should I not be concerned?

Would It make sense making a square "picture Frame" for the opening (about 5" square" so only long grains are exposed?

The sink needs to last a long time.

I appreciate your help and expertise.

Dan
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If bamboo can be used for this

http://i.gadling.com/2007/07/20/gall...o-scaffolding/

Why not a cutting board?

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did — in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

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I turned a baseball bat out of bamboo for a friend. It seems that the use bamboo in bats has become quite popular. Before I made the bat I would never have thought using it. It did have a lot of fine fuzzies while rough shaping it that , if you weren't careful, would be like running your had over a basket of needles. Once it was sanded and sealed though it came out quite smooth. Pretty strong stuff.
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That's cool John,

My BIL is a devoted baseball fan whose expressed an interest in turning a bat for UMPteen years.

Now that there's a lathe I my shop there are no more excuses. Alas, he'd rather watch the games. :(

I say "Batter up!"

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did — in his
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my bride has some bambo spoons in the kitchen, I know thay hurt you when you get popped with them, they don't break easy either. they seem knida slick though, I don't know how well they would glue up, or the long term splintering, but it seems pretty tough
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If you are installing the plumbing as a under mount, then yes you will need to seal the end grains, as they will draw up moisture. I would do just as Frank stated.

Personally I could see potential problems down the road with this type of application, but that's just me.

I installed bamboo flooring in my dining room and the home office and we love it! Very hard and very durable. It is what the manufactors call
strand bamboo. The bamboo is ripped into strands or long fibers and then soaked and compressed into solid flooring. We have yet to see
it anywhere else. The look is very pleasing, and we get plenty of compliments on the floor, people always ask what it is.
I can tell you, it eats saw blades, that stuff is hard!
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I think the density of bamboo depends on the manufacturer. I've installed bamboo "hardwood" floors; but I think all bamboo "hardwood" is, is a compilation of bamboo fibers and glue. I can see that play out well when my Makita slider gets all gummed up after cutting a few floor boards w/ it. After a few cuts I have to pull the safety guard down manually before I drop my miter saw to make a cut because the glue gums it up.

IMO, based on the glue, there isn't that much that's green about bamboo. I'd guess it'll take about a million years for a plank of bamboo flooring to decompose.

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