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Bamboo: Effective Alternative For Your Woodworking Design

Apr 1, 2008
While many are using cemented materials like tiles for home improvement, particularly floor improvement, some prefer wooden materials as an alternative for synthetic materials. Thus, the use of hardwood has gain an increasing popularity nowadays as more and more people are getting aware of there wood working benefits, wood working, furniture refinishing, and other craft project.

There are lots of wooden materials which can be used for any woodworking designs that you want. A considerable time for woodworking training program can provide great benefits in using these woodworking materials. In addition, there are materials that are not belong to wood family but still can be used for what wooden materials can provide.

Bamboo, for example is a type of grass. Being so, you might think that it is as soft and brittle like other common grass species we know and can not be utilized as building material. But, bamboo has proven itself very resilient and flexible, making it the woodworking material of choice for lots of builders.

The price of bamboo flooring averages at between $2 and $4 for each square foot, which is just about the same price as oak. This is a fair price considering the benefits it provides. Indeed, bamboo is really an ideal for woodworking and other craft project.

Bamboo flooring installation does not need any special and specific technique. In fact, there are may techniques you can lay them on: You may float them, nail them down, or glue them on. Bamboo is also easy to get than oak because it only takes around 3 years for it to mature, as opposed to oak which can take up several decades to be fully mature.

It is essential to realize that that bamboo is not a wood -- it's a grass, so we can't call it hardwood. But, it can last as long as the standard hardwoods we have around, so that's probable reason why many people mistake it as such.

To create a flat, solid floor, the bamboo tubes are cut into strips. These are then boiled to strip the starch away. The boiled strips proceed to the drying and to the lamination process, and then milled to become strip floor boards. This is the same procedure that hardwoods like maple or oak go through. Lastly, the strips are treated using a preservative to slow down decay.

There is something about bamboo floors that provides a room an ethnic and earthy feel. Because hardwoods like oak are rather dark and, thus, look too rich and heavy, utilizing bamboo as your flooring makes your space appear lighter, airier, and less contrived.

Perhaps the best thing about bamboo floors is that they are easy to obtain and get installed. Bamboo floor strips are sold at all structure materials stores. You do not need to search far and wide to get your hands on them. You can make use bamboo for your woodworking designs and other craft projects.
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