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Offline wizardofoz

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Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« on: January 11, 2017, 12:49 »
I'm looking to pair some Bamboo wood speakers to pair with a small DIY media box project - anyone built a pair that could provide for Noising demo?


I prefer DIY pair...but open to anything that has the Bamboo look



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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 13:09 »
What drivers do you plan to use and what's your enclosure volume? I can cobble something together.

I did this out of bamboo chopping boards that I bought from a street vendor.




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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 15:28 »
I'll post a pick of the unit I'm trying to match with but something closer to the Celsius SP One speakers selling at edge-if i terms of bamboo looks.

Was thinking 6.5" car speaker type drivers as cheap and good and I have some Polk audio ones I can use

http://edge-fi.com/celsus-sp-one-passive.html
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 15:32 by wizardofoz »
I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

Life is short! Enjoy the music while it plays, when it stops, there might be a chair for you...or  maybe not.

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 18:23 »
I did looked around for bamboo ply for my OB. There are some suppliers on aliexpress that do ship to Singapore.

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 19:21 »
Which wood is denser (harder?) ... bamboo (eg IKEA) or MDF? Thanks

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 20:35 »
MDF has a standard density and available easily, whereas bamboo ply varies. Its difficult to tell from photo unless you feel it yourself.

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 21:16 »
Hi Ghemml. IKEA bamboo chopping boards are considered bamboo ply? Thanks

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 21:20 »
I never seen those wood from Ikea but I have seen a few sample(chopping boards) from those Kitchen shop along Temple street, some are quite decent

https://www.google.com.sg/maps/@1.2826711,103.8445699,3a,75y,235.23h,88.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssFokznIj1buGbtb6dBNfvw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2017, 21:27 »
Ok Thanks. I go check it out one of these days

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2017, 21:33 »
Hi Ghemml. IKEA bamboo chopping boards are considered bamboo ply? Thanks
It is bamboo ply. No single bamboo that size....

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2017, 21:41 »
Now I just remember...
Ikea has Lamplig bamboo chopping wood of the same size as the one I used. The price is $26 a piece compared to $14 beech wood. That's one reason I didn't pick the bamboo. I need 8pcs for my speaker. 

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2017, 00:35 »
Thanks Synthesis. I am a big fan of Audio Note speakers and I understand that they use Russian birch ply. Was thinking using same material for diy footer blocks and also for equipment and speaker platforms. A bit far fetched in getting a more natural overall tone but hey, probably same tikam tikam odds in getting the results I am after from store bought branded accessories.

Does anyone know where can buy Russian birch ply locally? Thanks.

Oops off topic
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« Last Edit: January 12, 2017, 02:05 by wizardofoz »
I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

Life is short! Enjoy the music while it plays, when it stops, there might be a chair for you...or  maybe not.

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Re: Anyone built speakers from Bamboo boards?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 00:13 »
Aptitlig has slanted sides that makes it not ideal for joining. It's rather thin also.