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    Default Board from bamboo poles?

    I know to some of you this may sound stupid, but if it worked out, I think it'd be pretty cool...however, I don't know if it would work.

    Here's my idea. The body of the board would be made out of 1.25" inch bamboo poles. Line them up side by side to the width you want, drill holes through them and insert a smaller diameter bamboo stick through them to join them and give them torsional strength. Putting the trucks on would be the tough part. I doubt the bamboo would be strong enough to support the bolts by themselves, but it might be if the bamboo were filled with dowel or something.

    In the end, if it worked, I think it could look kind of cool, and all totaled the cost would be about $30.

    Any thoughts? Could it work?


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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Niles View Post
    I know to some of you this may sound stupid, but if it worked out, I think it'd be pretty cool...however, I don't know if it would work.

    Here's my idea. The body of the board would be made out of 1.25" inch bamboo poles. Line them up side by side to the width you want, drill holes through them and insert a smaller diameter bamboo stick through them to join them and give them torsional strength. Putting the trucks on would be the tough part. I doubt the bamboo would be strong enough to support the bolts by themselves, but it might be if the bamboo were filled with dowel or something.

    In the end, if it worked, I think it could look kind of cool, and all totaled the cost would be about $30.

    Any thoughts? Could it work?
    someone actually made this before. tied it together with rope or something. dont remember who... do a search!

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    search up bamboo raft

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Made me think of this pic..
    And btw.. I can't remember where I pulled this pic from:
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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    i actualy had this exact idea awhile ago but was discouraged by all the possible ways it could go wrong. If you realy put some thought into it you could probably pull it off though

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Funkpod did one. Used rope though.


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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    To add onto what's in Arcane's post, here's the thread that contains that picture:
    Bamboo Raft Board

    I'm pretty interested in seeing your version of the board.
    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rarrazz View Post
    Made me think of this pic..
    And btw.. I can't remember where I pulled this pic from:
    It's a skateboard! It's a xylophone! It's a Xyloboard (Skatelophone? gack*pbbtht* can't say it).

    Wow. Xylophone, or pan pipes???

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Thanks for the link Moogleluvr. The thing that concerns me about drilling the poles to put cross "beams" in it is the possibility for the bamboo to splinter. I just don't know enough about bamboo to know what will happen. It was mentioned in the link that splintering would be likely. If it could be done, though, hiding the cross section inside the bamboo would make it look a lot better.

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Couple thoughts I had on this. You might be able to use U bolts to mount the trucks. Of course to do that you would probably need to insert a dowell into the poles the U bolts go around so you can tighten it adequately without cracking. A little piece of rubber, neoprene, something, between the bolt and bamboo might prevent it from slipping.

    Another option which wouldn't necessarily be a poleboard but would give you the look would be to cut the poles in half. Mount the halves on the top and bottom of a solid inner slab. You could use that expanding insulation foam or something similar to fill the halves in order to give more surface area for epoxy or glue to hold them onto the slab and also help prevent them from cracking on the top from your weight.

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    Hmm...well, if the next board building contest is an "anything goes" sort of deal, I'll probably give this idea a whirl.

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    I was thinking of maby like making a vlam, by finding very similar sized poles and planing a flat parton either side, filling the holes with expandable foam and maybe a dowle, and then glueing. Don't know if it would work but it would be pretty cool if it did.
    Last edited by Everett McCord; 05-15-2008 at 01:36 PM. Reason: I cant spell

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    My thinking now is to stuff the two center poles with dowel where the trucks will be placed for added stiffness.

    I'm not sure if this would work or not, but I might try steaming the bamboo first to make it a bit more pliable, and then press a perfectly sized dowel into the ends. My hope is that it will accept the dowel without splitting, and then clamp down on it when it cools.

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    Default Re: Board from bamboo poles?

    How about putting the screws between two poles, with the screws attached to a small piece of metal going across the board?


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