Bamboo

Hi, Does anyone know anything about bamboo? I'd like to grow some, but don't know anything about it. Any info will be helpful. Thanks

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Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

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Bamboo contest

How about a bamboo contest?  I would love to see what we come up with!

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Bamboo flattening?

Complete noob here, but is there a way to flatten bamboo (easily)? To make panels, I mean. Do you just slit the tube open and heat bend it, or what? I'm asking, b/c I was thinking of making either a carrying case, or an actual cover (replace the glossy plastic) for my Wacom Bamboo tablet out of bamboo. Just wondering if that seems feasible or not...?

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Bamboo in the UK

Does anyone know where I can buy bamboo in the UK (to use in projects)? Does anyone know where I can get some seedlings or something like that so that I can grow it? Also, I've heard it spreads a lot and I don't particularly want it all over the garden, so does anyone know an effective way of keeping it under control (and can it be grown in pots to a sufficient thickness to make stuff out of)? Much appreciated, Jamiec53

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bamboo furniture making

Am wanting to build an "Island themed bed" for my 9 yr.old daughter.Am thinking of a bamboo loft bed,since bamboo is so strong.Is there anyone that might have some input?Thanks!

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Bamboo Rain Stick

Hey, I am thinking about making a natural rain stick out of bamboo, but I don't know exactly where I should go to pick up a hollow bamboo pole to make the body of. I found a lot of sites online that I can buy bales of 10+ poles, but honestly I only need 10 feet or so to tinker around with. I am thinking a diameter of 2 or 3 inches would be good. Also, any ideas on what to use for the nails/screws inside the pole? I was thinking of finding some cactus needles or wooden pegs/screws, but I don't know where I could find enough. Any brainstorming ideas? The most important thing for me is how to find these bamboo poles. Any help or ideas would be awesome, thanks!

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Bamboo 'stanchions' base...?

I'm working on a set of stanchions for a 'Green' event, as we are expecting quite a few people lining up out front of our booth. I'm thinking about bamboo canes for the poles, with holes drilled near the top to allow 1" manila rope (or similar) through, but I'm not sure how to make them stand up, what to use for a base. Ideally it should be enviro-friendly, cheap, light and durable. That's not too much to ask, is it.....?

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Growing bamboo in northern climes

I live in the Panhandle area of Idaho. I'm very interested in growing bamboo for various projects. Has anyone had any luck with this plant in a northern climate? I have seen it grown in Portland, Ore., but its weather is milder than here. This area gets quite a bit of moisture and winters are not normally extremely cold -- compared to areas further east. Can anyone suggest a good book or website for getting started with bamboo?

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How do I make a windchime from bamboo sections?

I have lengths of black bamboo. And I have a bamboo wind chime. I want to make another from the black bamboo.

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What's the best way to cure fresh cut bamboo? Answered

My dad has a bamboo thicket that's overtaking his yard and he is begging me to come take some. The only problem is, I'm unsure how to properly dry it out without it cracking/checking. Any help would be awesome.

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How do you kill Chinese bamboo? It has taken over half of my yard and continues to expand it's coverage.?

Someone recommended rock salt so I put clumps where ever there was a bamboo stalk growing and it did not work. I took a rototiller through tearing out the roots but it grew back immediately. i have cut it back over and over and within days it is a foot high again. I have used weed killer and still it grows. Napalm has been suggested but I would need an American air strike for that .

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Bamboo wind chimes/ flutes

In the older Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner, when Robin, Azeem, and Duncan were running from the Sheriff's men, they ran into Sherwood forest.  The forest was reported to be 'Haunted'.  Partway in they heard strange sounds which were discovered to be what I believe bamboo wind chimes that were also flutes or whistles that were activated by the wind.   Anyone know how these could be made?   The main problem I see is that the flute/whistle needs to sound at low wind speed. I have never figures this part out.    Thanks.

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Bamboo bikes Instructables in NYT!

Hey! Bamboo bikes Instructables were mentioned in NYT! Check out their article!   New York Times bamboo bicycle article Via Google alerts. Photo by Christian Hansen of NYT.

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Can a bamboo plant and an Apple Snail coexist?

I'm thinking about putting one of my extra Bamboo plants in my Apple Snail's aquarium, any thoughts? My main concern is fertilizer on the roots being harmful to the snail. Would rinsing off the roots be enough?

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Why doesn't my bamboo flute work?

I used the instructions for the 4 bamboo flutes for free and was all excited about my flute, but it doesn't make noise and my sound hole is only 1/4 in. thick. Do I need to make it bigger or what? What should I do?

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anyone got any tips on making tuned flutes out of bamboo?

I have made flutes before out of bamboo and thet turned out ok but i had the hole size and position draw on the bamboo by a professanil flute maker so i was wondering if anyone had any tips on making a bamboo flute i understand scales and tunig and such i play alot of instruments its just making a good one thats the trick

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How do I tell the age of a bamboo stalk?

Bamboo is supposed to be strongest when it's around 3 years old. But I can't find any instructions on how to tell how old a culm of bamboo is. I'm making a bamboo bike.

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I am gonna make a bamboo cup and i want to know if my bamboo is toxic?

I dont know what type of bamboo it is but just in case how would i make it so its not toxic?

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woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the wired.com article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

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How is bamboo turned into boards and other "flat" products?

I am curious about the process used to turn bamboo stalks into flat boards (such as bamboo flooring and cutting boards). What is the process, how difficult is it to do on your own?

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Secure Bamboo Poles (150mm diameter) to top of wall (replace coving)

Hi there I have 2 x 3m Bamboo split poles to secure to the top of wall as a border/replacement for coving.What would be the best way to secure to the wall? I cannot hammer into the wall due to a pipe running behind where the bamboo will go.Velcro? Silicone? Double-sided adhesive pads/strips?Don' want it falling down during a meeting LOL

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How do i get a Big BAMBOO?

How do i get a Big BAMBOO?

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How can I mount Bamboo without drilling/screwing into it? Answered

I want to mount quarters of Bamboo on the corners of a room in my house to give it more of a themed atmosphere. I'd like to avoid pushing screws through the Bamboo for aesthetic sense. Is there a good way I can mount the bamboo on the walls? The solution needs to be generally non-permanent, though I don't mind screwing into the walls.

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Where to find anyplace with Bamboo in Texas? Answered

I've been trying to find a location in Texas (preferably Central) that either sells or has large stalks of Bamboo. Until I get a place of my own where I can grow my own bamboo, i'll have to stick to finding my own elsewhere. I've looked all over the internet for anyplace that sells it near my town, but like heck they do. Does anyone know where I can get large bamboo stalks anywhere in this tolerable circle of Hell?

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Fix Rattan/Bamboo furniture - NOT WICKER!!!

I recently bought a mid-century rattan dining table with four chairs.  I want to replace the cushions on the chairs - two piece, but they have snaps to keep the cushions in place.  I do not plan on having snaps on the new cushions, but that leaves me with the male part of the snaps.  If I pull them out, which I want to do, I will be left with a bunch of holes and no clue how to fix them, and since I haven't removed them yet, I have no idea how deep the holes will be.  I am open to any and all suggestions.   Thank you!   PS, I've tried to upload photos, but it's not working.  

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Has anyone made bamboo wind turbine blades?

I started a set of simple bamboo wind turbine blades today. I'm using instructions for PVC pipe blades. This involves slicing up a plastic pipe (vinyl chloride is carcinogenic) but large bamboo is similar to a pipe and I've got some so why not try this natural material. If you have done this before, please share some insight :) To my knowledge nobody else has posted about this and all I've found online about bamboo blades is from large scale commercial turbines.

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How can I build a privacy fence out of bamboo?

I need to build an 8 foot privacy fence on a budget and have access to free bamboo. What would the easiest way be to make a privacy fence for my backyard. I was thinking of using U shaped "tracks" of 2x4 on the top and bottom and then just sliding the bamboo into them. Any reason this wouldnt work? Thanks!

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Drawing With A Touch-Screen?

My brother loves drawing and he has a friend who has something called a bamboo pad.  It doesn't have a screen which is why I found it questionable.  So we thought we might look for a touch screen he could use.  We had very little luck finding one that seemed like it fit the purpose.  Even those bamboo peoples' didn't look like they would do anything other than lines.  So we have a question.  Is it actually fairly easy to use a bamboo pad, and if not, what touch-screen could he use.

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hwo do you make a bamboo raft

Does anyone know??

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N55 space frame vehicle made from lashed/epoxed bamboo?

What do you think of building one of the N55 recumbent trikes or other space frame projects with bamboo lashed together similar to the way bamboo scaffolds are built but using epoxy to make it permanent?

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How can i connect 3 pieces of bamboo Answered

I need a way to connect these pieces very securely but 2 of the rods are off at about 25 degrees to either side of the middle one so i cant use PVC and i dont know if fiberglass would work.

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Wierd ( And gross) thing happened while making a hunting spear.

            I was making a bamboo hunting spear (Which I will make an instructable on soon), and when I found the heart of the stick, it was gross!  The inside was covered in this snot-like substance that smelled horrendous, and the sponge type thing that is usually inside bamboo was practically gone!  Does anyone know what could have caused this?

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How many fiber of hemp (Kg?) and epoxy resin (Kg?) need to build a BambooBike ? ?

I want to try to build a bamboobike like Ayasbek.... but I need to know quantity of fiber and resin I have to sell... Thanks for your reply and experiences...

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Banana Split on a Stick, Bamboo Bicycle, Cardboard Coffee Table

  Banana Split on a Stick Bamboo Bicycle Cardboard Coffee Table String Art Necklace Oatmeal Pancake Perforated Pizza Peel Stargate Gong Build a One Sheet Boat Machine Your Own Guitar Lacy Un-Mentionables EL Levitation Wand Exploded Photo Collage Install a Bamboo Floor Easy Bike Trailer Hitch Survive Zombies with Tea

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I need tips on how to care for a bamboo shrimp. Can anyone help me? Answered

I just recently bought a bamboo shrimp, i thought is was a different shrimp. My parents said i could keep it if i found out how to care for it. I searched Google and i couldn't find any good care sheets or instructions. Please help i don't want it to die. BTW: I named it Shrimpy :D

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What's like a big hose clamp?

I need to squeeze a 3" pipe tightly. A hose clamp would be ideal except it won't grab tightly enough without popping loose. A bicycle seatpost clamp would be good but those are too small. I'm trying to repair a bit of bamboo that has two cracks. I'm planning to put epoxy in the crack and squeeze it shut. Is there some sort of pipe clamp that would do this? Ideally the tool would be gentle on the bamboo's surface so I wouldn't have to pad it much. Much obliged.

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In what "season" do water snails lay their eggs? In the summer? Spring? Every 100 days?

Also, is their a way to encourage them to lay eggs? I have two glass vases with bamboo in them, each contains one snail. They don't need to have a partner to mate, so I am hoping each snail will populate each vase. Thanks!  -Shadow Ops

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What profile of pole would be torsionally rigid? Answered

Calling all mechanical engineers and physicists. I want to make a pole that can resist twisting forces. The application is a down tube on a bicycle frame. And I want to use bamboo because it's light, very strong, very cheap, and biodegradable. The problem with bamboo is it lacks torsional rigidity because its fibers only run lengthwise. I was thinking of wrapping a bamboo pole with a composite fiber (hemp and glue) at a 45 degree angle like they do with carbon fiber poles but maybe a different shape would be better. Can anyone think of a specific geometry of pole that is tortionally stiff? I noticed some bicycles have a triangular down tube. Maybe if I cut bamboo into three strips and glued them together into a tube with a triangular cross section, this might be less twisty. Am I thinking along the right lines here? My first bamboo bike has a lot of twist and this might be one way to make it stronger. Please let me know what you think. UPDATE: The issue was many fold. The short answer is Tonkin Bamboo is the species to use for bikes. This is what most people seem to use. Also Boo Bikes use dendrocalamus strictus (aka Iron Bamboo). My frame had some cracks possibly due to harvesting at the wrong season. I've recently gained more cracks and the bike flexes even more. It flexes like a noodle but I can still do an endo no problem. Go figure. Also hemp sounds like it gets more stretchy after being flexed about 1000 times whereas carbon fiber stays stiff. And squishy wood glue is probably not as stiff as epoxy. All this adds up to a flexy frame. My next one will be tonkin bamboo but I will try hemp and non-toxic wood glue again. UPDATE #2: I'm making a three wheeler and my engineering design teacher gave me some advice involving spaceframes and triangles. The plan thus far looks like this upright tadpole trike: UPDATE #3: I think I've got it! Instructables sent me a box of K'nex and I built up a model of a standard bike's frame. The thing is, when a bike frame twists, the opposing corners of the trapezoidal shape come closer or further apart. So a deep X brace from corner to corner seems to fix most of the problem. I'll try to post a youtube vid of what I mean soon.

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Broad-tip calligraphy pen form skewer? Answered

I'm wondering if you can make a calligraphy pen from a bamboo skewer. Gratias, josh1324

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how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants?

how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants, easily at home.

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(newsletter) Bamboo Bike, Pacman Furniture, Beef Jerky...

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Firefox Pranks, Bamboo Bicycle, Bratz Knife Block...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 3, 2008 Welcome back! April is Photojojo Photo Month. Enter a sweet photo-themed Instructable and win an Eye-Fi card that lets you transfer photos from your camera wirelessly! We will be hosting a Show & Tell at the SF Bay Area Yuri's Night 2008! If you want to show something off, let us know! Check out these cool instructables! Firefox Pranks These Firefox add-ons were made for April Fools' Day, but they're good for any time you want to mess with a friend's browser. posted by fungus amungus on Mar 28, 2008 How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle Get some bamboo and build your own smooth custom ride. posted by ayasbek on Mar 30, 2008 Learn How To Shave With A Straight Razor Who says you need five blade disposable razors to get a smooth shave? Get a straight razor and relearn the lost art of shaving. posted by adamjgonzales on Mar 16, 2008 How to Sew Everyone should know the basics of the needle and thread. Read this Instructable and get started. posted by jessyratfink on Apr 3, 2008 How to Fill an Office with Packing Peanuts Ever wanted to fill your co-worker's office with shipping peanuts? Of course you have. Here's how to get the same effect without filling the whole room. posted by jetgrrl on Mar 28, 2008 Maille and Plates Armour Life can be tough out there. With a custom set of armour you'll be ready for whatever comes at you. posted by armourkris on Mar 21, 2008 1UP Cakes Make cakes that look like Super Mario Bros. 1UPs for an awesome 8-bit party! posted by Nachimir on Mar 27, 2008 Win cool prizes from ThinkGeek! April is Photo Month! Re-fashion your wardrobe! Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder Make your cat do some work to get his food! posted by labelreader on Apr 1, 2008 Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank - Make Fools Out of Your Coworkers! Swap fridge hinges for an easy and effective prank. posted by numberandom on Apr 2, 2007 DIY Flash Diffuser with Swappable Colors Want to diffuse the flash and add some color to your photos at the same time? This quick and dirt-cheap trick will get you there. posted by deth2all on Mar 30, 2008 Magnetic Sonic Cube Landmine Want them to remember you when you're gone? Leave an alarm that won't go off after they move it from its spot! posted by photozz on Mar 15, 2007 Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Come hither and chooseth the best pranke for thine means. posted by Jieze on Mar 27, 2008 Bratz Knife Block Reuse an old doll and make a place for your knives at the same time with this twisted knife block. WARNING: Graphic doll cutting. posted by Tetranitrate on Apr 2, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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at the end of the shakuhachi, is it blocked or open?

The bamboo shakuhachi, the end is it open or blocked

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what's the best (most efficient) way to skewer the meat together by a metal pin or bamboo pin?

We love barbecue here. Our way to do the barbecue is to skewer (spit) the meat together by a metal pin or bamboo pin. Normally we do it manually. Does anybody know if there is one more efficient method or some kinds of equipment we can use on the skewering?

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Moving to the US? Answered

Hey there.  After I have *hopefully* gone to uni and came out the other side with a degree I am considering moving out to the USA, probably to or at least to somewhere near San Diego. Nothing is set in stone for now so any suggestions on other places would also be helpful. But my main problem is that I have started to grow some plants back in Britain and don't particularly like the thought of just leaving them, so what are the laws on bringing plants with me? I know they are just plants but it's all the time I've put into them and to be honest, they're the first few plants I haven't killed. Any tips or stories of emigrating to the US would be great. As I said, this is just a thought, but I need to know more about how to go about moving there and what happens before I can truly decide. Thanks for your help :) Tom

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