Bamboo Long Board

The first time we even considered the idea of a “bamboo board” was when one of our floors was being installed in a kitchen. The kitchen company had seen the bamboo flooring and asked us if there was a bamboo product that they could use for kitchen counter tops. We were intrigued at the idea.

It wasn’t long and we were back in China speaking to our factories to see if we could produce a bamboo counter top. This was the beginning of the Eco-Logic Bamboo range of bamboo boards and doors. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about how to make bamboo boards – and more importantly – how not to make bamboo boards.

Have you ever noticed that when you are interested in or have just bought a particular model car. That suddenly you see that model everywhere on the road? You’d never noticed how many were on the road before your own interest was piqued. Well it’s been like that for us regarding bamboo boards.

The other day I was visiting Gateway shopping centre in Durban and guess what I saw?A bamboo long board.

Now we have a few clients building skate board decks for our 5 mm bamboo boards and we think that they are pretty nifty.

 

When these skate decks were made, we still only had a 5 mm single layer board. So in order to achieve the exceptional tensile strength required for the decks (did you know that bamboo has a higher tensile strength than cold pressed steel?). The boards had to be planed/sanded to thinner planks. Those thinner planks were then cross laminated before being vacuum moulded to the desired shape.

We’ve since then been using the multi-ply 3.2mm boards which are even more flexible and even stronger. These boards can be vacuum moulded without having to do all the thickening and cross laminating work. A real time and cost saver.

So when I saw this long board, I was facinated and immediately my mind was racing – how did they get such a great finish, how heavy is the board, how does it perform when compared to other materials?

So if you know any of those answers, we’d love to hear from you!

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About Oriental Bamboo Team

We only deal in Solid Bamboo Timber Products - boards, counter tops, plywood panels and doors - nothing else.
  
Through extensive manufacturing research and experience, we specify our products at our factories to perform well in our diverse African climatic zones.
  
Being solid bamboo pioneers in Southern Africa, we have worked with users in all facets of timber application over the years.
 
We are driven to understand our customers specific requirements. As a result of these relationships with our varied clients, we have accumulated a lot of experience in using solid bamboo products wherever one would traditionally use timber.
  
This blog documents a few of our experiences and comments on various aspects of solid bamboo timber as used in various applications.
  
Cape Town based Oriental Bamboo is a bulk bamboo timber supplier of "specified for Southern Africa": bamboo boards, bamboo plywood panels, solid and hollow core bamboo doors via a network of timber merchants in South Africa and sub Saharan Africa.

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