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I have some bamboo that I have split into rough sticks. The sticks are about 2' x 1/2" x 1/8" (more or less). Being bamboo, there are knots every foot or so. There is a curve on the 1/2" axis, because the sticks were made from a bamboo pole.

Can you suggest an approach to turning these sticks into nicely flat, milled pieces?

Thank you,


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Hey Jim, sorry about the very late reply...for some reason I did not get notified of your pending question. I am not familiar with any easy method of flattening Bamboo strips, other than possibly after they are glued down to a flat substrate...I have seen that done on Oriental furniture as pictured....but never in any other application. Also, once you plane through the glossy, tough outer layer, Bamboo is rather stringy and porous, and so finishing becomes an issue if you're going to do that, unless you remove that outer layer completely from ALL the pieces, uniformly. What's your application for these strips? I have recently installed an "engineered" Bamboo floor product, which is super tough and beautiful, but this is an engineered product where the Bamboo is totally bound, through and through, by a resin product of some type...and was very tough on my Carbide saw blades. Please post back, again pardon the late reply -Regards- Greg


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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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