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Types Of Bamboo Plywood

Dec 21, 2016

It’s no surprise that bamboo plywood is currently considered one of the safest, most durable and sustainable products on the market. Whether you are a homeowner who is looking for the perfect counter top or a builder who wants a flexible new alternative to natural wood, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to this versatile material.

Take a look at our current range of bamboo plywood panels in natural, carbonized and tiger/zebra finishes in a variety of thicknesses from quarter inch to one and a half inch panels.

Bamboo plywood is made from one of the most sustainable materials on the planet. Bamboo is a grass which grows quickly even in low grade soil which means it can be planted almost anywhere.   Thin rectangular strips of bamboo are aligned in different designs and then laminated together (vertical edge grain or horizontal flat grain), or woven and then compressed together under extreme heat and pressure (strand woven), to create smooth unfinished milled sheets/panels.

Types of Bamboo Plywood

There are thousands of different types of bamboo in the world but not all are suitable for making into building products like bamboo plywood. The most common source is from fast growing Moso Bamboo which can be fashioned in various ways to make products such as natural and carbonized plywood with vertical or horizontal grains depending on the manufacturing process. The key to the color of bamboo is in the heating – when it is first harvested and prepared the material is a light shade but when heat is applied it darkens to various degrees. Colors like tiger, also called zebra and neapolitan, are the result of mixing natural and carbonized bamboo together in a process that results in strand woven (compressed) bamboo.

Bamboo plywood comes in a number of different styles based on a combination of three main factors:

Grain.  This refers to the appearance of the surface of the plywood.  The most common grains are vertical, horizontal and strand woven.  Vertical and horizontal are used most often in modern designs while the strand woven grain looks more like traditional wood.

Color.  Bamboo plywood is available in several colors and can also be custom-stained.   The three main colors are natural (blonde), carbonized (brown/honey), and tiger (neopolitan/zebra/marbled) which is a combination of natural and carbonized.

Thickness.  Bamboo plywood comes in sheets that are as thin as 1/4″ and goes all the way up to 1 & 1/2″ in thickness.  The 1 & 1/2″ thick panels are most often used for countertops and butcher block type furniture.