Bamboo Bed Part 1
The total cost for the bed is as follows:
Giant Bamboo - Free off Craigslist
Bamboo Fencing - $16 from Home Depot
Super Strips(1X4s) - $2:59ea $15.54 total
Angle Iron - $25
Welding Shop Assistance- $20
3" 1/4" screws - $5
20 Gauge Wire - $5
Total - $86.54
There are plenty of problems with the bed, and most of those are due to my caviler lack of measuring. The centerline of head and footboards for the steel brackets were correctly set at 60-1/4", but a change in the steel at the advice of the welding shop offset the angle iron from the brackets to the outside rather than the centerline. As such, the boxspring currently sits on the floor rather than the steel.
Also, the bamboo portions of the side rails of the bed are bowed out a bit too much (>3/4") in a couple spots along the rail. This is due largely to the way they were stored in the months leading up to the project (read as poorly). Had there been stored inside, or if time had permitted the possibility of straightening them, by steam of other means, this could have been countered.
Also, the angles where the siderails meets the posts could have been better, but a substantially compressed time window did not allow for changes here. As it stands, the bamboo perfectly covers the steel, and staining the ends of the siderails seems to mask the improper angled cuts.
All in all, if I did this project again, I am certain I could sell for a hefty sum and walk away feeling the buyer had received a great deal. Being my first large scale project in bamboo and finding little to no help on the Internets, I am happy with the results.
Step 1: Siderail Design
The bamboo of the siderails serves no purpose other than aesthetic. All of the weight of the boxspring and mattress is designed to be carried to the posts via the steel.