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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 48" (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 4 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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Holy cow, 4.19.2014
Reviewer: Judd Austin (Fallbrook, California)
Got an idea for a project and this was the only place I could find what I was looking for. Great product at a really good price and it got here so fast I thought there must have been a mistake!
Reviewer: MAM (, )
great, finishes smooth, my wife even said it was nice looking wood.
Bamboo Lumber, 9.10.2013
Reviewer: Neill (Parker, CO)
I have not used the product and not sure when I will, but I didn't want to delay my review any longer.
The service, packing and shipping were great.
The lumber is as close to perfect as it gets. Ordered 4 boards, all were straight with uniform grain patterns. The color is excellent. Actually felt good in the hand. One minor chip on one edge...had to say sometning.
Great Material, 8.1.2013
Reviewer: JDM (Davison, MI)
received timely and very good material
bamboo board review, 7.16.2013
Reviewer: Dennis French (Bloomington, ILLINOIS)
Bought a Greenington bamboo bed for a client but I wasn't impressed with the matching nightstands so I decided to design and make my own. I found Woodworkers source as a source for bamboo boards. I ordered 4 1x12x48 boards for the project. Having never worked with it before I was very curious as to its working characteristics.
I would say it is very much like oak in how it works. I assembled the tables using biscuit
joints and the tops were edge joined with biscuits and then run through my panel sander. I used titebond ultimate for gluing. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the whole process. The boards were dead flat when I received them and were ready to go. Woodworkers Source was great to work with and I will certainly buy from them again in the future.