Bamboo - BLONDE

0.106 inches

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What is it

Five layers of bamboo veneer cross laminated to produce a plywood board.

Bamboo has a thickness tolerance of +/-10% the stated material thickness.

Orders using this material will ship as fast as same day. Find out more.


Design notes

A yellow brown color with a fine grain. The bamboo joints are visible on the surface and break up the grain creating a unique appearance.

Sometimes sheets of this material may not be very flat when we get it from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, this is the nature of material. The inherent tension in the grain of the wood and the way it is constructed means the panels can warp after manufacturing.

Be aware of this when designing for this material. If possible arrange your designs on P1 sized templates.

Grain direction will always run horizontal as drawn on the computer screen.

Bamboo is a natural material with natural variation, one of the big challenges is that as we burn off a layer of the material - the nature of the layer below it can vary. Sometimes that next layer comes through very dark and sometimes it comes through lighter - or even banded due to the grain differences.

If you wish to have raster engraving on this material, we only recommend using HEAVY RASTER engraving (black fill) or medium raster combined with a vector engraving outline (gray fill with a red or green outline).

Typical uses

Cabinetmaking, furniture fittings & linings, Also ideal for commercial and residential interior fittings and linings. Not suitable for exterior use.

Environmental info

Bamboo is 100% renewable.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Bamboo panel can be cut and sanded using conventional woodworking equipment and offers excellent dimensional stability. It can also be glued or mechanically fastened using the same materials and fasteners commonly used with wood.

Tips from other designers

Dan says:

One thing to be wary of when using larger sheets of bamboo - if you're doing a lot of cutting and engraving across the surface, the material can heat up and warp. We have had a few items attempted to be made on P3 sheets of the bamboo and encountered this problem. If you think your design could be at risk of this, consider using another material. If your designs are small enough to be arranged on P1 sheets, then this another alternative. If you're not sure, get in touch with us. Thanks!

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Brian says:

Warps easily - for designs requiring gluing parallel boards, try to lay out parts cross-grain to each other and make sure to weight down wood pieces to flatten.

The light color of the wood can look a little smudgy from smoke damage when getting a lot of burned design work nearby. Also picks up dirt easily without a finish.

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Bathsheba says:

In the two jobs I've had, the thickness of this material is closer to 2.7mm.

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Nick says:

Note that the grain always runs horizontally.

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Melissa says:

Some of the fibers peeled off when I removed the tape backing, creating some splinters and an uneven surface. The side without tape doesn't have this problem, and it was easy to sand down, but something to be aware of. The side with the tape won't be as pristine.

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Taylor says:

Dan, can you tell me about where the bamboo is sourced from? Is it ethically produced / sourced?

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Dan says:

Hi Taylor -

Our Bamboo is Forest Stewardship Council certified and is 100% renewable. In terms of the source, our bamboo (as well as most of the bamboo being used commercially) comes from sustainable plantations in China.

I hope that helps for starters. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions, or things we can assist with. Thanks!

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Ama says:

The Illustrators downloads don't open on a mac (Apple) Any ideas?

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Dayma says:

Hi Ama,

Are you saying the Illustrator templates that you download from our guides are not opening? Please email service@ponoko.com explaining the situation and we'll help you get to the bottom of that :)


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