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Now You Can Use Beautiful Bamboo in Woodworking! These solid boards of bamboo can be cut, routed, planed, sanded, stained and finished just like other hardwoods. And it's not just a good, durable and resilient material but also highly sustainable and offers a beautiful, unique appearance. Bamboo comes in uniform sizes 3/4" x 11-1/2" x 96" (actual) and is sold by the piece.
Finally, woodworkers can enjoy adding bamboo to their woodworking projects with these solid boards of real bamboo plywood. Bamboo is lauded as a highly sustainable natural product that's durable and resilient, making it fantastic in many fine woodworking projects. Cutting boards, table tops, shelves, and picture frames are just some of the many uses for bamboo.
Fast growing, bamboo is actually a tall grass not a tree. The grass shoots are processed into flat strips then laminated together to form the solid boards. The material we stock here is known as 1-ply, a full 3/4'' thick and laminated into 12'' wide boards.
Bamboo frequently comes in two color shades, light or dark. We carry the dark bamboo, also called carbonized bamboo or amber bamboo. Light bamboo is available by special order (please call or email) in both solid or veneer. Here is a comparison:
Thickness:3/4'' thick, surfaced smooth two sides
Widths:11-1/2'' wide actual. Edges are smooth.
Other Good things To Know
Quantity:Each piece has 8 square feet
Grade:Select & Better.. See our page about Hardwood Grading for some details about common lumber grades and their definitions.
What's the wood like?
Since the shoots are only a few inches in diameter, bamboo is cut and laminated into solid boards or sheets. The wood is approximately as hard or harder than red oak.
How's the color?
Natural bamboo that's formed into a wood product is pale yellow in color. Bamboo manufacturers also add color to the material to make product with different shade choices from darker brown to dark red.
Does it go by other names?
Bamboo, moso bamboo
What could I use it for?
Cutting boards, longboards, tables, stair treads, flooring, decorative interiors, veneer
What is the tree like?
The fastest growing "tree" on earth, bamboo is actually a grass with wood characteristics. Grows in shoots up to 90 feet tall, but just a few inches in diameter. Harvesting bamboo does not require replanting. Regeneration occurs from the existing root structure which helps prevent soil erosion.
The tree grows in
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Interesting wood - good experience, 4.1.2014
Reviewer: John (Raleigh, NC)
I have been a furniture-maker hobbiest for about 25 years but had never worked with bamboo. When I offered to make a dresser / changing table for our son and daughter-in-law, they picked out a design they liked from the Houzz website, which included a bamboo base and drawer fronts with integrated finger pulls. I had to do some research to find Woodworkers Source but I'm very glad I did. I ordered two eight foot boards and they arrived quickly and well packaged, although one edge of one board was slighted damaged, which made me sacrifice about 1/2" of it's width. This did not present a problem for my project. Other than that, the boards were perfect; flat and true. Because bamboo is really a laminated grass, it requires a little caution when routing to prevent splintering of the fibers but I was able to get great results with a sharp bit and backing my cut. The bamboo finished beautifully with Danish Oil. The great thing about using this product is that I didn't have to cut around splits, checks, warps, cracks, sapwood or other defects found in most hardwoods so virtually everything was usable, which helps compensate for the fact that it is a little costly per board foot. It is also so smooth that little or no sanding was required. I would definitely use this product and supplier again.
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