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Making Fake Bamboo
big daddy
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Posted: 2009-02-05 10:57 pm   Permalink

seriously, nice work

 
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Posted: 2009-02-06 12:51 pm   Permalink

Nice work on sprucing up the yard. I like the lamp looks like you
captured the universe in there.
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DejaVoodoo
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Posted: 2010-03-18 7:47 pm   Permalink

It's next to impossible to find large diameter bamboo poles in the north east part of the country. Sure I can order it online but shipping ain't cheap and I'm on a budget! Plus, I only need a few pieces. So...I think I'm gonna try my hand at the PVC bamboo. I love a good faux painting project and this just sounds too easy NOT to try!

There's just one snag in my plan. I don't have a table saw and can't quite figure out how to rip the pipe down the center so I have two pieces with a flat back. If I buy my PVC at Lowe's or Home Depot, do you think they'd be willing to cut it for me? Also, is it better to slice the PVC in half AFTER you've done the torching for the knuckles or can I do it beforehand? Thanks!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-03-19 5:27 pm   Permalink

DejaVoodoo, I think you will have a hard time getting the home improvement store to cut that PVC for you, but no harm in asking


Here's another PVC faux bamboo technique with a little more dimension at the knuckles. Posted by TC's Kewlava (who hasn't been around in a while). The PVC is heated with a torch and then compressed so the knuckle bulges out. This is a picture of unfinished "shamboo" but it shows the bunge well


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sir2u
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Posted: 2010-08-02 3:21 pm   Permalink

I just made my first PVC bamboo piece. It took about 20 minutes and looks absolutely real. Burnt it with a torch to make nodes, then brushed simple amber shellac on, that's it. Thanks tikicentral website!




 
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sir2u
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Posted: 2010-08-24 4:21 pm   Permalink

Here's a wood rack I built out of pvc to look like bamboo.


 
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steppedup
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Posted: 2011-08-12 5:57 pm   Permalink

Hey guys - thanks for the burn and compress/ amber shellac technique!

Used it to create a giant basket for my pool's inflatables.

The rope is not really holding it together - just for decoration.

I left one PVC end exposed because people refuse to believe it's not bamboo until I show them the white innards of the pipe.

Thanks again!





 
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sur2baja
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Posted: 2012-05-28 3:20 pm   Permalink

Great ideas here! I've been playing with this method and I think I've got it down. I have a tikified BBQ area with fairly soft lighting and I need some spotlights on my grill so I can see what the heck I'm cooking. I want to combine this fake bamboo idea with some sort of hanging spotlight idea. I can make a simple spotlight but hey, that's no fun. If any of you have any unique ideas, please post them and I'll try them out. Thanks in advance!

 
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2013-07-01 1:36 pm   Permalink

I'm curious how the pvc faux bamboo is holding up in the elements for those that have their's outside?

 
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Trailerpark Tiki
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Posted: 2013-07-01 5:55 pm   Permalink

I live in Las Vegas and the sun can destroy anything. I have some faux bamboo under the patio and some in more direct sunlight. The protected bamboo can go a couple of years while the direct sun could use a touch up every year. I put several coats on my PVC when I originally make it. I start with a primer, then 2-3 coats of paint followed by a coat of amber shellac. When I 'touched up' the bamboo last year, I just put on a coat of amber shellac and it looked great.

 
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2013-07-02 04:27 am   Permalink

I don't think shellac is usually for outdoor use? I wonder if there is another product that would work better outdoors?

Does it crack and flake off? Do you have to do any prep before recoating (power wash, etc.)?

I'm contemplating using faux bamboo for the front of my outside bar. I don't want to create a future headache.

I wonder if tinted polyurethane or even trying to dye the pvc would be a better option.

[ This Message was edited by: jimsflies 2013-07-02 04:30 ]


 
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Grand Poobah
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Posted: 2013-07-02 06:28 am   Permalink

I wanted to use the pvc as a wire conduit. I actually worried about the outdoor use of shellac. I tired it and have had it outside for over a year and there has been little change in its appearance. Most of what I have spends a large portion of the day in shade, but the fake bamboo looks much better than regular conduit. I really sanded it down to get the barcodes and stamping off of the pvc. I tried to sand in one direction too. This created groves in the pvc which I think may help in the finish taking hold.

 
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Trader Gino
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Posted: 2013-07-02 07:09 am   Permalink

So glad I stumbled upon this thread! Can't wait to give it a go as well.

 
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Trailerpark Tiki
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Posted: 2013-09-18 3:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-02 04:27, jimsflies wrote:
I don't think shellac is usually for outdoor use? I wonder if there is another product that would work better outdoors?

Does it crack and flake off? Do you have to do any prep before recoating (power wash, etc.)?

I'm contemplating using faux bamboo for the front of my outside bar. I don't want to create a future headache.

I wonder if tinted polyurethane or even trying to dye the pvc would be a better option.



[ This Message was edited by: jimsflies 2013-07-02 04:30 ]



I'm not an expert, but I was trying to find a coating that would give a nice finish and protect the paint from exposure. The shellac did protect the paint from peeling but it did fade in the direct sunlight.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-09-19 08:47 am   Permalink

These photos are from the Half Moon Inn.
This faux Bamboo, or foboo is made of metal then painted.
Thought it looked great!
Bamboo turns to $^%t here in Ohio fast.
As you can see this is a paint job, not shellac.


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