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Making Fake Bamboo
Tiki-Atari
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From: Atlanta
Posted: 2007-08-07 7:17 pm   Permalink

Wow. Just wow. I'd like to second the request for the step by step (such as can be done).
I'm really amazed by how nice this looks.
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Vinman
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-09-09 4:48 pm   Permalink

Here is my attempt at PVC bamboo. I used 1 1/4 160 psi pipe from Lowes I sanded off the printing and rip sawed it into half round. Next I scored with a carpet knife and used a butane torch to create the nodes. Then they were painted with Krylon Fusion spray paint, glossy buttercream color and finally a coat of thinned amber shellac. These are gonna go on my pool shed with some Lauhala matting to create a hut facade. I'll post pics of the final product when we are through.




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TheBigT
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Posted: 2007-09-09 6:55 pm   Permalink

Pretty amazing results - wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the pics!

 
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Bogielocks
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Joined: Feb 11, 2007
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From: New Bedford, MA
Posted: 2007-09-20 5:19 pm   Permalink

Hey experienced fake bamboo makers...

I found some cheap plastic shelving at a local store for $6. My plan is to show some of my mugs on them. I was wondering if it would be easy to turn these shelves into a fake bamboo shelf? One problem I have is they are a black pvc plastic. Any ideas if it would work with black? Maybe painting white first. Too much trouble? Hey, maybe I'll find some white ones at another of the same store chain.

Here's what they look like, just so you have an idea...





Cheers!

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Vinman
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Posted: 2007-09-20 11:08 pm   Permalink

Well white tubing would be better, but Krylon Fusion would probably cover well enough to hide the black. I found the buttercream color to be just about perfect as a base coat.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-09-21 05:26 am   Permalink

Are you sure that's not the real Stuff and you're not trying to pull the bamboo over our eyes?
Looks like lot of work but with Perfect results.
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Bogielocks
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Posted: 2007-09-21 4:00 pm   Permalink

Hey Vinman,

Thanks for the pointers. While shopping today I found a few identical shelves in white. Woo Hoo! I'll keep ya posted on how they turn out.

Cheers!

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Vinman
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Posted: 2007-09-21 8:17 pm   Permalink

Benzart- It's 100% fake I swear.

Bogielocks- If you use the torch method to create the bamboo nodes be very careful not to over do it or your shelves might wind up crooked and it could weaken them. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Good luck.
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CheekyGirl
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Posted: 2007-09-21 11:14 pm   Permalink

Wow, looks great. Can't wait to try these methods.

 
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Vinman
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Posted: 2007-09-23 9:57 pm   Permalink

Here's where the lions share of my faux bamboo went...


Still not done, but almost there.

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djflex
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Joined: Dec 29, 2008
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From: Australia - Noumea
Posted: 2008-12-29 7:30 pm   Permalink

Hello everybody,

well it was christmas and my lovely New Caledonian wife wanted something special so i went to the nearest hardware store and bought a heap of stuff to build my first water feature as a gift.

here is the result.






let me know what you think?


 
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kountzyro
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Joined: Jul 02, 2008
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From: Brooklyn, NY
Posted: 2008-12-29 11:05 pm   Permalink

I'm in the scenery business, so I know a good fake-bamboo when I see it. And I must say damn fine results all around.



 
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Vinman
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Posted: 2008-12-29 11:22 pm   Permalink

Looks great! You have a much better touch with the larger stuff than I do.

 
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pia tiki
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Posted: 2009-02-05 10:42 pm   Permalink

This is a lamp I made in my dorm. Well, went outside for the blowtorching and spraypainting. I must say, I got plenty of odd looks from the drunks wandering by.

With Flash


Without flash


Also, I have it plugged into one of those remote controll outlets you can get during Christmas so i can operate it with the push of a button. Keeps the ladies impressed.
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Posted: 2009-02-05 10:56 pm   Permalink

the clapper. you rock.

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