Introduction: Bamboo Camp Furniture

Bamboo is my favorite construction material! Not only is it natural...it's also light, flexible, stronger than steel (when heat-treated) and you can make just about anything with it! You can furnish your whole campsite with it...*working on bamboo Lazy Boy recliner and wide-screen TV* j/k

Step 1: Camp Table

Materials:
4- 32” bamboo poles
5-24” bamboo poles
8-12 24” bamboo poles for table top
1/8” sisal, cotton, hemp, manila or poly cord that does not stretch!
Nylon is not as good for this!!!

Tools:
Hacksaw or coping saw to cut bamboo to length
Measuring tape to measure for cuts

Caution: Bamboo splinters can be very painful. Take care when using a saw that you don’t cut yourself! If care is taken when cutting the bamboo, splinters should not be a problem.

Procedure:
Lay two of the long poles side by side and lash them together in the center then lash the other two long poles side by side as well.
Continue lashing poles to make an A-frame and then a second A-frame
Lash the two A-frames together to make a table support
Place bamboo poles across the top to complete the table

Step 2: Lantern Pole

How to make a bamboo lantern pole.

Materials:
1 – 5 ft to 8 ft bamboo pole
2 – 24” bamboo poles
1 – 48” bamboo pole
Sisal, hemp, manila or poly cord that does not stretch!
Nylon is not as good for this!!!

Tools:
Hacksaw or coping saw to cut bamboo to length
Measuring tape to measure for cuts

Caution: Bamboo splinters can be very painful. Take care when using a saw that you don’t cut yourself! If care is taken when cutting the bamboo, splinters should not be a problem.


Procedure:
Lash the 24” poles together and then lash them to the bottom of the longest pole to form a tripod.
Lash the 48” pole to the longest pole and stand the pole up, bracing the bottom with the 24” tripod, supporting it with the 48” pole
Add a large rock or stake the bottom of the long pole to act as a counterbalance.
Hang your lantern and let there be light!

Step 3: Camp Chair

Materials:
4- 32” bamboo poles
3- 24” bamboo poles
6-8 24” bamboo poles for seat
6-8 32” bamboo poles for seat back
Sisal, cotton, hemp, manila or poly cord that does not stretch!
Nylon is not as good for this!!!

Tools:
Hacksaw or coping saw to cut bamboo to length
Measuring tape to measure for cuts

Caution: Bamboo splinters can be very painful. Take care when using a saw that you don’t cut yourself! If care is taken when cutting the bamboo, splinters should not be a problem.

Procedure:

     Lash two 32" poles together 6" from the bottom of one and 8" from the bottom of the other to make one side of the chair
     Lash two more together for the opposite side
     Lash 24" poles across the top of the 26" sections, the 24" sections and where the 32" pieces cross
     Lay 32" poles vertically against the back of the chair
     Lay 24" poles across the bottom of the chair
     If necessary, tie 1/4" rope from the middle to the bottom of each chair edge to hold its shape when weight is applied.


Step 4: Camp 'privy'

Lash bamboo poles together to form an A-frame 'toilet' support.
Either position the frame over a 'ditch privy' or suspend a biodegradable 'plastic' bag to contain waste.

Comments

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Larry Green (author)2013-03-12

This looks good! Here's a link to an oft-used design that is very stable and requires a lot less lashings.

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zazenergy (author)2011-09-06

oh neat! I've never worked with Bamboo. Is it commonly available at the hardware store? if not, where do you find it?

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LeonArchiTesla (author)zazenergy2011-09-06

I've got a nursery that has 6 varieties and he gives me all I'll take because...as 1tri2 said...it can be very invasive...depending on the variety...clumper vs runner...the black bamboo, I think, is the best looking, and also very strong. You can find it up to 6 inches in diameter...if you're building furniture for a giant!

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1tri2god (author)zazenergy2011-09-06

Bamboo is native to many places around the world...you're best bet is to do a google search of what is native to your area and then ask all your friends for leads as most hardware stores (at least as far as I've seen) don't bother to carry it.
Bamboo on the whole is a wonderful building material but the bain of gardeners and landscapers for their invasive nature.
Hope that helps...

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