NEW Lumber! Is Bamboo for You?
NEW Lumber! Is Bamboo for You?
It’s time we took a stab at demystifying some grass that’s great for woodworking. That’s right, we’re talking about bamboo! I picked up some bamboo to build a shelf for my bathroom. So what better time to break down the intricacies of working with bamboo, and what you need to know for your woodworking. Hopefully, this helps show you the joy of working with bamboo and inspires your next project.
00:00 Who and why?
00:53 What’s Bamboo?
1:36 Tips for Using Bamboo
3:09 Help with Finishing
4:57 Let’s Build a Shelf
7:15 Thanks for Watching!
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Hi if do you know how to bleach MERBAU? i want it lightly oranged color on natural merbau condition . .
Can it be glued to form a bowl turning??
I’m in the UK, so unfortunately, I’m unable to deal with your store (well, I suppose I could if I was rich), but either way, this channel is superb. This was another great video and I never would have thought of bamboo. Once again, thanks so much for the tips and tricks 👊
I’ve been dying to work with bamboo. I just can’t find it locally anywhere yet.
Hey.. i want to make bamboo cutting board but I’m not sure of idea to hole joining sticks of bamboo side way. Please help
I thought you are going to show us how to make one from raw bamboo.
This is fantastic! Great video. Thank you!
How much did materials cost?
Anybody know a way to get bamboo to bend? I tried steam bending with very thin strips, even veneer. My intuition said it would be great for bending, but my intuition is clearly rubbish. It just cracked at modest radii. But I’ve seen plenty of bent bamboo furniture. How’s it done?
You forgot to mention a couple of things. One is that laminated bamboo plywood and lumber is made from flat rectangular bamboo strips that are cut from the bamboo stem. These strips or "slats" are then glued together end to end and in overlapping layers to form a "solid" sheet. Sometimes when thicker panels are cut, any voids between the ends of the strips are exposed which will need filling with matching wood filler. Sometimes the side and end edges of a cut panel will need edging to conceal the voids and end grain. This can be done by cutting strips from a 1/4" bamboo "ply" sheet and reducing the thickness down to 1/8" then gluing on and finishing the edges like veneer. This "void" problem is especially true for larger and lower grade 1" thick sheets sold for table and bench tops and not intended to be cut into planks.
Also Bamboo is a grass with long fibres that contain sap with high sugar content that mold spores and mildew love to feed on. It’s not good enough to just finish with wood oil e.g Dutch Oil if it is to be exposed to moist conditions e.g. outdoor furniture or bathroom and kitchen steam. After just 3 months the bamboo will soon be discoloured with black stains contained within the fibres (not easily removed). If exposure to high humidity or moist conditions are expected at least 5 coats of marine grade mineral-based poly will be needed. When choosing a finishing oil or stain, read the label carefully as the manufacturer will often exclude Bamboo because of the mildew and mold problem.
is it water resistant
This was hugely informative, thank you!
How does bamboo stand up presentation-wise when making things like bowls and trays out of it?
Nice to see bamboo in the shop. Fun fact; bamboo isn’t wood, it’s a grass. Thanks for sharing Mark!
Love the woodworkers wood selection. My problem buying from them is The shipping from the west to Pa is unbeleavable. Not worth the overcharges they want. I go to Rockler for most specialty woods
Can you try working with hemp wood?
would have been a good video except for the music you started blasting halfway through.
In Greece unfortunately bamboo plywood isn’t available 😭😭
I love the tone that came up with linseed oil
Infuture market mahogany or bamboo witch is the best cultivation iam pkaning pls telme thanq
But never, ever plant that shit in your yard because it will take over your yard, house and anything else!
The bamboo he is using is the great bamboo varieties, they grow in Asia and the Indian sub-continent, it grows 30 – 40 feet high and 24 inches or more in diameter. Without lamination though, you will not find thick boards, however an inch thick bamboo is super strong.
How does it look as it ages?
Bamboo smells like feces when you cut it. IT IS NOT LUMBER ! ITS A PLANT ! DO YOUR RESEARCH
Good to know…you can preserve lumber and give it more time to recooperate. Use Bamboo lumber.
So is it basically thin plies?
What does its cost compare to ?
what a price on that it would have to be a special project and I enjoy this channel I buy all my good wood from them great people fast shipping
Love the sustainability of Bamboo too!
Keep it away from moisture is my expierence.
It will delaminate.
Why dont you have stores on the East Coast?
Would love to see more content from you! One of my favorite guys to watch!
During a composite bamboo kitchen benchtop install a contractor "stuffed up", replaced the $240 benchtop material (no charge for labour), and promptly quit. I was left with two benchtops with one slightly ruined. After a bit of YouTube tutorial learning, I bought a trim router, finished the job, and now have a killer composite bamboo workbench under my house basically for free. I love this material, but score the cut line every time with a marking knife to avoid a mess. $0.02 Nice video, cheers.
Here, a 8′ x 4′ ,1/2" thick board costs around 200 dollars ….for one board, that’s insane. Great material though..
engineered dimensional bamboo is an excellent candidate for use in astroponics.
I need that processed wood in my country, it looks so nice, export it to te rest on American continent
I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve heard about bamboo plywood. So glad to learn more about it
Not exactly affordable
Bamboo has a secret, that nobody talks about. Bamboo is not a tree, bamboo is not wood. Bamboo is a weed.
Thanks! Great video. Would Bamboo be strong enough for a van build cabinetry?
What a relief someone talking about wood instead of just making gadgets for the workshop. Thanks for some real information.
New?? – I remember trying it out after seeing a This Old House episode where Norm Abrams used it for some custom built-ins. Back in the mid 90’s.
Found it prohibitively expensive then and it’s no better now. Most exotic’s are cheaper(though admittedly more wasteful).
let us know when they start making 2×4’s with it, but it needs to cost a lot less
Is this channel still alive? I hope so I really learn a lot here
are your lumber prices out of normal right now?
My adventure with the tree began with projects from Woodprix.
Pro video.. From a pro.
Well done from Syria.. All respect
You didn’t mentioned the best advantage, it grows in just one and half year
Bamboo is a strong as steel… The build scaffolding 6 – 7 stories high in Asia with it, have been for centuries.
I lived in Asia for over a decade, and it’s used throughout Asia, has been like I mentioned for centuries
This is fantastic! Thank you Mark!
Where can I source bamboo boards? Looking to build a cabin for the beach.