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Turning Bamboo Countertop Stock

I recently bought my first lathe and wanted to make my first project from a piece of bamboo countertop stock. I searched for information about this type of material but could not find any. So I have posted some web pages about my initial experiences with this type of material. Here is the link: http://www.birkbinnard.com/bamboo/
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With the amount of cutting you were doing into end-grain, especially with your second project, I can see why your tools were getting dull. Combined with the glue used to make laminates like that I could see a project like that really taking a toll on any tools. I like the look of your projects, but didn't really see any comparisions to other types of wood on the website, were those laminates easier to work with than other types of wood?

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So far the only other wood type I have used was the very first piece of wood I turned on the lathe - basically just to make sure it worked. It was a 6" long piece of construction grade 4"x4" fence post. I used the HSS gouge tools to first round off the corners and then used different tools to turn the piece into a sort of chess-set pawn looking thing. During this process I of course managed to gouge out some chunks of the 4x4 which I was never able to completely remedy. In my own defense I should say that was the first time I had ever used any sort of lathe and I did learn some things from the experience.

The resulting piece was so ugly I threw it away.
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