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I am looking for a source for bamboo wood. I see it being used for flooring and even shelving. Have any of you guys used it for some of your projects? TIA Chuck
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Chuck wrote:

Technically, it's grass, but we know what you meant.
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I have a stand of it in the back corner of the property. You are welcome to come and take as much of it as you'd like...PLEASE!
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If you live anywhere near a zoo, call them and they'll come get it for feed. Elephants love the stuff.
Sorry to the OP for not giving answers.
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I just love this kinda banter... It's funny, you know.... it really is.... . . . Now... having had this chuckle.. I am a firm believer and proponent of hemp and bamboo. You see, in my little world, God had a sense of humour. Weed and grass... yup.. there's all the answers. But guess what? All the DuPont/DOW/Unilever bastards would MUCH rather sell us that nylon-kinda shit. THEY pay for the politicians, so we're screwed. If you find a way to go 500 miles for 24 cents???? You're dead. . . . Dead.
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Bamboo plywood was recently discussed
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.woodworking/browse_thread/thread/f64e0b8eb15d7a2f/0439058d6d70f603?lnk=gst&q mboo#0439058d6d70f603
Try searching google for "bamboo building material". You might find a info for getting sticks. logs or whatever they are called
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I'm in the planning stages of building a small trailer for behind my motorcycle. Talking to a friend yesterday, he suggested bamboo. I thought about it for a minute because the strength to weight factors are really good, but then I realized I'd have to convince some VDOT inspector to give it a license plate . . . :-(
Bill Ranck Blacksburg, Va.
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In the state of Ohio you get a trailer weighed and they list it as 'Home built ' . I have a trike titled 'Home made with motor cycle tags.
Jerry
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Oh, I know the process for Virginia. It's pretty similar, but I just can not imagine a VDOT inspector seeing a bamboo frame and letting it go . . . even if it was strong enough for the purpose.
Bill Ranck Blacksburg, Va.
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On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 18:51:24 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@vt.edu wrote:

Why is that? The bamboo lumber I've encountered is a laminate and VERY strong. Bamboo is some tough material.
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Likely a bit of stigma involved. Bamboo poles just shout "Rickshaw!" :D Me personally, I would just as soon not have to worry about the vehicle in front of me disintegrating.
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On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:11:18 -0600, "MikeWhy"

Bamboo is probably quite a bit stronger than many of the materials used by car companies. Certainly stronger than any more common type of dimensional lumber sold at Home Depot or the typical lumvber yard. With a homemade trailer in front of me, I'd be far more worried about the wheels falling off.
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I just can't shake the mental image of hemp rope lashing the sticks together, or runaways from Deliverance moving a load of 'shine on rough nailed, rotted through timbers and carriage bolted moldy old front tractor tires salvaged from the side yard "compost" heap. I'm not the vehicle inspector, and you don't have to convince me of anything. Ounce for ounce, I'd be happiest with a TIG welded tubular steel chassis and a proper set of disc brakes.
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On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:50:52 -0600, "MikeWhy"

The strength and merits of Bamboo vs Steel is a very popular "discussion" on the internet. You would think they were religions or political affiliations.
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Interesting... Not hemp lashings, but hemp "composite" lugs. http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/growing-bamboo.html
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On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 14:37:08 -0600, "MikeWhy"

That IS interesting!
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I'm talking about a small trailer pulled by a *motorcycle* so weight is a major concern. I'm probably going to use aluminum. For a bigger trailer pulled by my truck or van I'd use steel also. Real bamboo is tubular, not the stuff that's been converted into dimensional lumber, and has some nice strength to weight characteristics. Finding the right kind might be difficult.
Anyway, I never really thought about it seriously, just a 2 minute I-wonder-if-I-could thought, terminated by the realization that somebody at VDOT would be looking at it eventually. It would be light, though.
Bill Ranck Blacksburg, Va.
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I ride also. Vehicle inspection as a last chance sanity check is a good thing from that perspective. I wouldn't want a rickshaw dumping its load on the road in front of me. All the same, it doesn't have to look like the bamboo stick bicycle trailers I saw in a web search. Google them, and then tell me if those pictures don't give you the heebeejeebies. My concerns were with the flimsy connections, which are completely addressed at the bamboo bicycle link I subsequently posted. A lug made from pre-preg composites would solve the problem. That, and firing the stalks to prevent splintering and sudden deconstruction while in use. I think that kind of construction is rather pretty cool. I might give it a try at some point (but maybe not in a trailer, at least at first).
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Some guys are so old school, they just can't approve anything too new-fangled.
I was helping a friend build an addition on his house-- just a 40 x 20 rectangle with only one perpendicular interior wall. We used trusses for the roof. The inspector said I needed to tie the perpendicular interior wall into the exterior walls better, or the top of the exterior wall would push out, which we all know can happen with traditional roof rafters.
I showed him how the 21 roof trusses were doing this... and much better than "one" cap plate of "one" wall. He didn't buy it. He still had old school rafters on the brain.
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says...

*Some* bamboo is. Some bamboo is utter crap material: we have stands of bamboo behind the house, and when we cut some for use it inevitably will crumble to dust after 2-4 years, even if kept indoors, dry, and out of the sun. Yet I do know that incredibly strong things can be made from other types. So I'd want to make damn sure I got the *right* kind before using it for anything that I expect to last.
-P.
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