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  1. #1
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    Dec 2014

    Question Anyone route Lamboo? Laminated Veneer Bamboo


    Was curious if anyone here might have routed out some Lamboo.
    Its a laminated veneer bamboo. See here: LAMBOO® Architectural and Structural - Engineered Bamboo Technologies
    Not sure if there is any other similar type panels under a different name.

    Attachment 262246

    we need to route thru this 3/8"th material to accept 3/4"th Clear Acrylic that
    will be pushed thru w/ a shoulder from behind.
    Letter height between 3-7" (varies per letter). The Lamboo is just the background.

    Could anyone recommend a bit to use for this. Some corner areas need to go as
    small as 1/8" dia. Obviously avoiding splintering.

    Would be appreciated to anyone who may have experienced this type of material
    and could share some good advice. Bit size, speeds etc.

    Thanks for your time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Anyone route Lamboo? Laminated Veneer Bamboo

    I've cut quite a lot of bamboo plywood over the years. The main go-to bit would be any compression style bit. Typically, I prefer the mortise compression bits which have a little less upshear than downshear. For 3/8" material, you may try a 1/4" compression bit (I use Vortex bits). There aren't any 1/8" diameter compression bits that I'm aware of, so if it were me I'd probably use the 1/4" compression first, the clean up corners with a 1/8" downspiral bit.

    Feeds/speeds are about the same as any other hardwood plywood. I'd go with around 15,000 rpms and perhaps 3000mm/min with the 1/4" compression (this would be a full width cut), and perhaps 15,000 rpms and 2000mm/min for the 1/8" spiral (not a full width cut, but bamboo is hard and may deflect a little). That would be my starting points, but you may need to adjust a little depending on your specific machine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2014

    Re: Anyone route Lamboo? Laminated Veneer Bamboo

    Thanks for the reply mmoe !

    Been a while since the holidays, happy holidays yada yada yada.

    Thinking of getting the Onsrud 60-112 - 1/4" x 7/8"cel and do a batch of test routes.

    Lets see what happens in a day or so.


  4. #4
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    Mar 2014

    Re: Anyone route Lamboo? Laminated Veneer Bamboo

    Onsrud has 1/8" (#60-102MW) & 3/16" (#60-106MW) compression bits.

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