Bamboo Ply vs. MDF

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #20 on: 2 Nov 2018, 02:10 am »
I happily left the speaker construction to Rick and his cabinet maker in 2014 when I purchased my Ottavo.  However, the outcome of the discussion was to use Baltic birch ply instead of MDF but I don't think I'll be building any speakers in the foreseeable future as the Ottavo are fabulous.  Here is the thread about my Ottavo:  https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=128931.0

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #21 on: 3 Apr 2019, 10:49 pm »
I priced out the 4x8 sheets of Bamboo... $250 per sheet for 3/4"....notsure if I can afford it though I will need about7 sheets.

Question: what do the edges look like when cut with the vertical Bamboo sheets?

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #22 on: 3 Apr 2019, 10:55 pm »
I priced out the 4x8 sheets of Bamboo... $250 per sheet for 3/4"....notsure if I can afford it though I will need about7 sheets.

Question: what do the edges look like when cut with the vertical Bamboo sheets?

It depends on how the ply is constructed. Here's one example of a line array we made.


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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #23 on: 3 Apr 2019, 10:57 pm »
So no trim pieces are needed for a smooth edge?

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #24 on: 4 Apr 2019, 12:46 am »
Rick,

What variety of bamboo ply are you using?

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #25 on: 4 Apr 2019, 01:32 am »
Vertical plyboo bamboo plywood.

https://www.plyboo.com/

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #26 on: 4 Apr 2019, 01:50 am »
So no trim pieces are needed for a smooth edge?

None needed.

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #27 on: 4 Apr 2019, 02:36 am »
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Vertical plyboo bamboo plywood.

So the medium quality stuff. Also easier to ding than the best stuff (stranded or fossilized or whatever, depending on the plywood source.

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Re: Bamboo Ply vs. MDF
« Reply #28 on: 8 May 2019, 10:09 pm »
Thanks, not sure what i will do. When you brought up the dinging easily it reminded me of when i had Bamboo flooring installed, and the workers put down some blue painters tape... When we pulled up the painters tape it pulled the dark finish right up. I notified Lumber Liquidators, and they said it had never happened before. I took a spare piece and put a piece of blue painters tape on it, and let it sit overnight. I then lifted the tape partially off, and saw the finish peel off. I sent it to them and got a refund on the whole shipment of bamboo. Of course i was stuck with a floor that i had paid to install that was no good.