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Making Fake Bamboo
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Joined: Dec 20, 2003
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From: Martiniland, California
Posted: 2015-08-01 07:34 am   Permalink

I received a message this morning from Jeanne asking to see the original images I posted in this article. Unfortunately I don't have them anymore. However I just went outside and took this picture of my old project to show how good this fake metal bamboo looks after all these years. The metal bamboo pole there is part of a shade structure I made some years back and now it has a big trumpet vine growing all over it. You can see the trumpet vine's twisted trunk there. The fake bamboo was made using a chain link fence metal pole from Home Depot. I cleaned the bare metal with alcohol and gave it a good sanding before applying the bondo treatment and Rustoleum paint. You can see it still looks great, and there it is next to real bamboo poles and you really can't tell which is which, lol. By the way all the other pictures people posted of their projects on this thread are wonderful. And yes PVC pipe also makes a great looking bamboo, you can even have water running through it! Use a torch on a scored line on PVC to make the node bulges, then paint with Rustoleum. Good luck with your project Jeanne, please post some pictures!

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