Time to cut some grass

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Project by oldnovice posted 02-14-2019 06:26 AM 863 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lead nurse at my late sons dialysis center gave me some crap bamboo flooring and asked me to make him something. For something quick and easy that he could keep at his desk I decided to engrave a nameplate.
Since bamboo is actually a grass it didn’t come out as I expected as it had a lot “fuzz” that resisted sanding.

That is probably the only two times I will ever engrave bamboo, my first and my last time!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#1 posted 02-14-2019 07:01 AM

Heh, you did good despite the bamboo.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 02-14-2019 02:02 PM

I think the nameplate looks great. I agree, bamboo isn’t the best choice of wood for certain projects. I inherited over 500 feet of bamboo. I try to incorporate it in many of my projects just to use it up. I used it in a lot of my past projects but always end up pulling slivers out of my hands for days. So I have to ask, did you get any slivers? LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-14-2019 02:56 PM

I’m sorry for your loss and the name plate is perfect.

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#4 posted 02-14-2019 04:41 PM

That’s interesting about the fuzz. I remember slide rules made of bamboo, and I use bamboo utensils in the kitchen, particularly for non-stick pots and pans. They always seemed so smooth…but…everything is cut with the grain pretty much. In retrospect, could you cut it and coat it with CA or some such and go over it again? Probably not worth it, and it would be doing precision duplicate work.

Never worked with bamboo, and now I know enough to never do it…thanks…(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 02-16-2019 03:55 AM

I love and respect you more…

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#6 posted 02-16-2019 03:57 AM

I appreciate the tip on Bamboo…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 02:00 PM

Looks great, Hans. The fuzzies add character and will make for a great conversation starter.

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