Picture of Bamboo Bed Part 1
Turn giant bamboo into an awesome bed! This project isn't quite complete yet, but I wanted to show it and make updates and changes as I go.

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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

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Bamboo (similar diameters, fairly straight)
Bamboo Fencing
Router Table
5/8" or 3/4" Straight Cutting Bit
Guide Bushing
1/4" Slot Cutting or Rabbeting Bit
1 X 4 Super Strips
MDF or Plywood for Jigs
C Clamps or other hand clamps
Template Bit
Jig Saw/Bandsaw
Pruning Shears
1/4" Dowel rod
Gorilla Glue
Pipe Clamp (optional)
Nailgun (optional)

Step 2: Create Jigs

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To do the bed as it is shown, you will need three separate jigs. One for the arched toprail and one for each the head and foot posts.

The arched jig is pretty simple, just sketch out the curve on the MDF/Plywood. If you have the ability to glue strips together, you can make a steeper curve. That being the case, I can't give you plans for that curve.

The jigs for the legs are simple. If you don't have a bushing setup, you can change the jig a bit to add a border to create a 6" channel for the router base.

When using the jig, clamp down both sides of the bamboo. The clamps are primarily to keep the bamboo straight. The jig should be tight to so the bamboo cannot roll side to side. Cut through just the top layer of the bamboo, the ends of each segment will remain for structural purposes.

Step 3: Route tenons, route grooves and cut side strips

The tenons should be as long as necessary to get reach the back of the bamboo, they can be sanded to roughly round edge on the end. The placement of the ends of each segment in not terribly important, but what is needed is enough room to secure a dowel or two.

The side strips are as thick as the groove in the bamboo is wide. They will be just wide enough to reach the surface of the bamboo.

Again, the cuts will be made when the ends of each segment where the strips cross them.
kakungulu4 years ago
How true and sad. Now why didn't I think of staining my projects between dry-fit and glue? I'll try that next project... Thanks!
Mr. Rig It7 years ago
Very cool. I looks great and I would love it if you would add it to my group Home Repair, Refurbishment, and Projects
Very nicely done. Good job.
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Looking good! Can't wait to see more!