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Bamboo??

Last year I built a cutting board table for a couple and they are getting married this year. I thought it would be a cool idea to make platters or something like that for them. Has anyone tried to turn bamboo before? And also, tried to find "bamboo blanks" and could not find anything large enough, but thought about buying a cutting board and then just cutting that down to platter size? Any thoughts? Yes, I do know that a real bamboo is hollow in the center but, I think when they make the cutting boards they laminate each piece. Would this heat up and melt apart and create large splinters? Any direction might be helpful on what to do. Thanks.
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I've turned bamboo flooring that I laminated into the proper thickness. It's hard to glue. You have to sand or plane down the waxy coating that is on the surface and the bottom side has ridges that must be removed. After that I glued it with epoxy. turning wasn't bad just needed sharp tools and turn down hill with the grain on all cuts.
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Hi Fischer,

Here is a post some guy did on a bamboo turning project that I stumbled across - http://www.birkbinnard.com/bamboo/first_project.html

John,

Working with prefinished bamboo flooring planks is no fun. The finish often contains AluminumOxide which is a hardener that'll add hours and wear out sheets of sandpaper. Suggest using a planer if you can. Rather simply buy bamboo boards - they come in various thicknesses and in standard sizes.

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I used scraps of bamboo plywood and laminated them together.
I had a good time turning it.
This isn't very pretty but it was my first and I'm still pretty new at this stuff.....


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I used scraps of bamboo plywood and laminated them together.
I had a good time turning it.
This isn't very pretty but it was my first and I'm still pretty new at this stuff.....

What an amazing effect. Mind if I post this picture on my bamboo board blog (www.bamboo-board.com)? If yes, please tell me a bit more about how you got that specific effect.

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What an amazing effect. Mind if I post this picture on my bamboo board blog (www.bamboo-board.com)? If yes, please tell me a bit more about how you got that specific effect.

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I'm flattered that you would want to post that. Sure go ahead.
I took 3 pieces of 3/4" bamboo plywood and laminated them together.
I made 3 blanks and oriented the "plys" in different directions to get different effects






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Wow!
That's a neat idea, and very well done, t!

thanks,
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...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?
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