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, Scott Perkins <2scott@...> wrote:
> I have seen a lot of charts showing the various strengths of different
> of wood but never bamboo listed among them because I suppose bamboo is a
> Why do you think bamboo laminate would be stronger?
> Where would you get bamboo laminate? I can only think of purchasing
> bamboo flooring strips and ripping on a table saw. Is that
> what they are doing? Perhaps the flooring mfgs that are using
> bamboo have some material properties to share.
> ruediklein wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Another quick post: Has anyone experimented with using Bamboo for the ribs?
> > In the skin-on-frame kayak world, there are a few folks, who are using a bamboo laminate for ribs and it would appear to have some nice properties (should be stronger than wood at same dimensions).
> > Regards,
> > Ruedi
Yes, I think the ripping is what Brian does. Apparently, he sources his bamboo from: http://nwbamboo.com/materials.html
As discussed on Qajaqusa (http://www.qajaqusa.org/cgi-bin/GreenlandTechniqueForum_config.pl?page=7;read=167237)
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: it's edge laminated 6mm carbonized bamboo 4x8 paneling sheets, costs 90 bucks
: a sheet, available from nwbamboo.com, I steam it for 15-20 min.
I believe a slight clarification might be needed. It is indeed edge laminated but it is also vertical grained and not flat grained. Both styles are available. It is also single layer and not a multi-layer laminate.
It is good stuff and I have used it on 2 kayaks, just bear in mind the steam time.
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I have not spend any time trying to source it here on the East Coast, but will try now.