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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 04-09-2008 01:03 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2008 01:03 AM

Is anyone creating stuff with bamboo?
Is it considered ‘wood’?
What can you do with it?

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#1 posted 04-09-2008 01:26 AM

fishing poles!

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#2 posted 04-09-2008 01:33 AM

Bamboo is classified as a grass.

As to what to do with it, some people cut it in half and make a screen or divider, some use the halves as a background and mount their artwork on. Many people make fishing rods from Bamboo, not to mention cane poles.

My floor, 28’ X 32’ ,is bamboo. It is tough, color fast and was very easy to install.
For flooring, the Bamboo is boiled, which carbonizes the product. This means that it is the same color throughout and hides scratches and dents very well.

Personally, if I were to attempt to make anything with Bamboo it would be a Fly rod, but that is just me.

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#3 posted 04-09-2008 01:41 AM

GaryK used bamboo flooring for a nice project.

It has always intrigued me.

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#4 posted 04-09-2008 01:57 AM

SPalm – That was the first thing I thought of. Surprised that you remembered.

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#5 posted 04-09-2008 02:37 AM

I built a fly rod a few years ago. Not a very good finished product, but all the same. I will stick to restoring them from now on. Let me know if you find any other uses because I have a whole bunch of it growing in my back yard and it is aggressive. I need to get rid of it.

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#6 posted 04-09-2008 02:52 AM

heres a link to one of my uses and also klik on my profile and scroll down youll find a pic of another thats nearing compleation

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#7 posted 04-09-2008 04:03 AM

Here’s some I came across when I was traveling in Hong Kong.

Bamboo Ladle

It’s a simple ladle, but it’s just the art of simplicity in itself.

Bamboo Teapot

This is like a ladle on steroid. It’s a tea pot set, don’t put boiling water in it, it will crack.

Bamboo Scaffolding

or just tie a bunch together as scaffolding on the side of buildings.

-- Thuan

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#8 posted 04-09-2008 04:13 AM

That bamboo scaffolding is used all over Asia and it’s pretty scary looking. Shannon get yourself a couple of Panda bears. They’ll keep that bamboo at bay.

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#9 posted 04-09-2008 04:56 AM

Actually, I have a piece of 1 1/4” green bamboo I’ve been thinking about trying to use just for looks on a piece. I did use bamboo place mats on my TV stand to hide the back of the TV & wires, though, and it looked pretty good. Of course, I’ve never given a lot of thought to making it part of the structure itself.

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#10 posted 04-09-2008 05:07 AM

I’ve got bamboo cutting boards and pens!

Click for details

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#11 posted 04-09-2008 05:28 AM

Some people use bamboo for surfboard construction.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#12 posted 04-09-2008 05:58 AM

Over here in Malaysia, I have seen very nice looking bamboo cutting boards and serving spoons. And they’re inexpensive.

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#13 posted 04-09-2008 07:15 AM

Bamboo is a very a versatile material and will continue to expand in the future. It is a renewable resource and is used in some interesting designs. Check out this link from a major manufacturer


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#14 posted 04-09-2008 11:20 AM

In certain parts of the world, this is what they have to work with and it can be used for many things. Panels made from the material make great floors and even case goods

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