Bamboo products from “Grove”

Patterns on bamboo phone case

Just the other day we were showing you how intricate joins can be made using a laser cutter on your bamboo panels or boards. Today we want to showcase a company in Portland Oregon. Grove!

They manufacture cases for Apple iPhones & iPads + have a bunch of designs for decals and wall art – all made from bamboo panels and boards. Let’s dig in and see what they do and how they do it …

How do they make the covers?

First step is to cut the bamboo panels to size. All that is needed is a table saw with a blade that has a high tooth count (96+) and we also recommend a carbide tipped blade as bamboo is hard and can dull the blades with lots of cutting.

Cutting bamboo panel

The next steps are to to cut out the holes and to assemble the pieces. Bamboo is hard and mills very well. You can use all the standard woodworking machinery to create the designs you have. Here we can see Grove milling the pieces.

Milling bamboo boardMilling bamboo board close up picture


Now’s the time to stain, laser cut or etch your design to get that unique look. Bamboo stains very well, so whatever colour you are looking for … you can do it. You can also use most finishing products designed for wood (we suggest you test your chosen product on a small piece first). In Grove’s case they have oiled their bamboo cases.

Stripy sides bambooPainting stripes on bambooiPhone4 bamboo coloured edgesAttention to detail - bamboo panelFiling bamboo edgesiPad2 bamboo case - made from a bamboo panel


Here are some examples of the finished product. We think that they are truly amazing. You can buy them online directly from Grove (we have no commercial relationship with them).

iPhone4 bamboo side - two-upiPhone4 bamboo naturaliPhone4 bamboo frontiPhone4 bamboo back pattern

We hope that this will get your creative juices flowing. Eco-Logic Bamboo boards and panels are available at selected Lumber City, Pennypinchers and Timber City stores countrywide (South Africa).

If you have more questions on bamboo, feel free to visit the Oriental Bamboo company web site – there are tons of resources and answered questions there.


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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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