Bamboo looks like wood, feels like wood, and cuts like wood. It even smells like wood. But bamboo is not wood, it is a fast-growing and sturdy tree-like grass, which is an environmentally friendly, renewable resource.
Bamboo panels have gained a lot of attention recently, especially among “green” building professionals and architects. Bamboo panels are multi-purpose building and decoration material because they are environmentally green, easy to mill, stable structure, adjustable dimension, consistent top quality, making it ideal for a wide range of uses including countertops, cabinets, desks, shelving, architectural panels, and much more.
Bamboo Panels Manufacturing Process:
Step 1: Treatment with bamboo strips. After harvesting, bamboo pole is cut into stalks and strips. All strips need be boiled in a water and boric acid solution. This removes sugars from the stalks which is necessary because sugars attract termites. This boiling process also stops the growth of fungus and mold. With few hours boiling, bamboo strips will be sent into dry kiln to get a very low moisture content - less than 10%, too wet strips are not possible for gluing and pressing.
Step 2: Laminated bamboo into boards. After well-processed for strips, bamboo will be glued with a urea-formaldehyde (UF) adhesive which emits very low volatile organic compound (VOC). Glued bamboo strips are laminated into layer of board by a 800-ton presser with hot steam. Multiple layers are formed to thick and suitable construction boards with a 1500-ton presser at cold condition, no steam, just static pressure.
Step 3: Sanding and cutting bamboo panels. Surface of bamboo boards are unsmooth after lamination, size of boards are imprecise. It takes twice sanding for both sides of every panel, first sanding is with 200 mesh paper and second is 120 mesh. All bamboo panels need be trimmed to ensure 4 sides are flat and square.
Bamboo Panels Application:
For making bamboo door, 40mm thickness of bamboo panel is the best option.
For making bamboo stairs, 20mm and 30mm thickness are thick enough.
For making bamboo cabinet, 20mm is the ideal thickness.