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    Default Bamboo - Suitability as a TT plinth?

    I'm toying with the idea of a new Turntable project and considering what I might make a plinth from.
    Done Concrete and Birch Ply in the past, looking a bit outside the box.

    I came across the IKEA Aptitlig Butchers Block 15 each.
    45 x 36 x 3.3cm constructed of Bamboo strips.

    Glue 3 of these together and you have a 100mm thick plinth roughly the right size for a turntable.

    The weight of this triple layered block would be 9.5Kg (20.9 lbs) before any cut outs, so quite heavy.

    Bamboo is a fibrous materiel and in this laminated construction is very rigid.

    Has anyone got experience of this material as a plinth ?
    Wondering what its acoustic/damping properties might be.

    Edit:
    I came accross this by "cats squirrel" on vinylengine.com

    "I have looked at the suitability of bamboo products for use in hifi builds. The resinated bamboo, available in many forms, looks a good product, for use in plinths, supports and as seen above, loudspeaker boxes. I have measured the damping factor of resinated bamboo, and obtained a figure of about 0.2, that is over 10 times better than mdf, and even over twice as good as Torlyte, the Russ Andrews' product.
    I use a resinated bamboo chopping board under a Lenco plinth, and that is spiked to a 'Chinese Go' board, made from three layers of tiny resinated bamboo tiles. They serve their purpose well."

    Edit:
    I also found a company making Bamboo plinths for LP12's so I think I've answered my own question.
    Last edited by Qwin; 05-12-2021 at 20:31. Reason: Quote added/LP12 added

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    I use this material for shelves on my rack and think it would be perfect for a plinth. If you could cross laminate it maybe even better.

    Gary



    Quote Originally Posted by Qwin View Post
    I'm toying with the idea of a new Turntable project and considering what I might make a plinth from.
    Done Concrete and Birch Ply in the past, looking a bit outside the box.

    I came across the IKEA Aptitlig Butchers Block 15 each.
    45 x 36 x 3.3cm constructed of Bamboo strips.

    Glue 3 of these together and you have a 100mm thick plinth roughly the right size for a turntable.

    The weight of this triple layered block would be 9.5Kg (20.9 lbs) before any cut outs, so quite heavy.

    Bamboo is a fibrous materiel and in this laminated construction is very rigid.

    Has anyone got experience of this material as a plinth ?
    Wondering what its acoustic/damping properties might be.

    Edit:
    I came accross this by "cats squirrel" on vinylengine.com

    "I have looked at the suitability of bamboo products for use in hifi builds. The resinated bamboo, available in many forms, looks a good product, for use in plinths, supports and as seen above, loudspeaker boxes. I have measured the damping factor of resinated bamboo, and obtained a figure of about 0.2, that is over 10 times better than mdf, and even over twice as good as Torlyte, the Russ Andrews' product.
    I use a resinated bamboo chopping board under a Lenco plinth, and that is spiked to a 'Chinese Go' board, made from three layers of tiny resinated bamboo tiles. They serve their purpose well."

    Edit:
    I also found a company making Bamboo plinths for LP12's so I think I've answered my own question.
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