Bamboo Fence





Introduction: Bamboo Fence

This is my bamboo fence. I hope you like it. It took a couple months, but anyone super committed could finish this on a weekend. Steps with many pictures below.

Step 1:

Go ahead and dig your fence posts and get that mess in order. I went every 6-7 ft which resulted in 13 total panels.

Step 2:

Find where you like your joist hangers. I just followed the contour of the land. Yet I staggered the completed panels. It's easier to start at the high right side. As mine slopped down right to left.

Step 3:

I put mine at the far back side to account for the width of the bamboo posts

Step 4:

I put one 2x4 in the joist and leveled out to be able to set up my next joist holder

Step 5:

Bottom one

Step 6:

Now to make the cut. I just eye it out and mark a line

Step 7:

Step 8:

Those fit beauty.

Step 9:

You want to secure the stringers (horizontal 2x4's ). I used cheap fence panel boards. You only need them to keep the stringers secure and well in place

Step 10:

I'll cut them short on that red line

Step 11:

I got on the back side of the fence to secure the stringers

Step 12:

Perfectly secure

Step 13:

You can now remove the entire panel and bring it to your work station.

Step 14:

2 sawhorses will due perfect as a good work area. Lay flat with the stringers exposed on top.

Step 15:

Depending on how thick your bamboo is will determine your screw size. I went with self drilling exterior screws. They worked very well and saved a lot of time from predrilling

Step 16:

Pick a side and put a screw in on both stringers on that side. I chose the left side because the ground naturally sloped that way a bit. My finger is my measuring tool to keep both screws at the same distance

Step 17:

Both screws in. Time to get some bamboo.

Step 18:

Choose any boards you like. Obviously some will be bent this way and that . Non of that bothered me much, it depends on your OCD.

Step 19:

I tend to grab just a few at a time to get the boards in as tightly as possible. Switching posts around will be inevitable.

Step 20:

Fully packed in. Not too worried about the hight right now, just getting them tight

Step 21:

At the very end I leave a near equal distance from the opening bamboo post.

Step 22:

Looks good

Step 23:

I always take my time on the first post I screw in. "Measure twice, drill once". Start on the last post you laid out.

Step 24:

First post screwed in

Step 25:

All the posts screwed in

Step 26:

Same for the bottom stringer

Step 27:

Find a heavy straight tool so you can keep a straight cut line. This thing worked perfect.

Step 28:

Ready to be lined out

Step 29:

Line drawn.

Step 30:

Pull out your trusty saw and cut it straight.

Step 31:

Same for the bottom side. I have my bamboo posts at 64-66 inches, depending on the slope.

Step 32:


Step 33:

Finished panel

Step 34:

Placed the completed panel into position.

Step 35:

Fits nicely

Step 36:

Remember to screw it in

Step 37:

Fill in the side gaps with a precut fitted bamboo post and drill it in

Step 38:

All your panels now put up.

Step 39:

Now add some cheap flat paneling to cover the exposed holes do no water can get in. This should add many extra years to the finished panels

Step 40:

A great feature is working around trees so they can not only live, but add beauty and feature.

Step 41:

You should be fully done. Hope this helps with your bamboo fence project.



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    you could slit longitudinally into two halves so that the fencing area would have been doubled, by laying on flat surface butting surface between bamboo halves & panel boards, which also increases fitments rigidity

    so that bamboo Diameter dimension remains same & fencing coverage area become double

    Yes. It does expose the bamboo to elements (instead of sealing tops and bottoms, and yet your definitely halving the bamboo demand

    Very nice. I can see saving pine lumber with a roll of thick galvanized fence wire (even barbed). Thanks for your step by step.

    Cone ton-- I am going to do that. It's easy to remove the entire panel and do iy

    Living in Hawaii, where the weather is much more forgiving, I Strongly suggest that you "Pre Treat" your Bamboo with a UV Outdoor Clear Glossy (or Satin) finish Varnish BEFORE assembly. Know that if left untreated, your Beautiful Bamboo Fencing Will quickly degrade and weather badly to all moisture, rain and the harsh elements. (it's easy to do: wear rubber gloves, Use a Large new Kitchen sponge, dip in Varnish/Laquer and sponge mop on Both sides of all Bamboo pieces Before assembling) -let dry before you assemble fence....worth this extra step! ;-) Nice directions and photos btw. -Aloha.


    I like how you accentuated your driveway cracks with paint and flowers. :)

    Awesome, I love this project. I really like that you incorpirated the tree into the fence.

    gorgeous! best use of the step by step format I've seen yet also

    Looks great. However, may I suggest coating your finished fence with a waterproofing and UV protective finish? Bamboo is a great material but it is susceptible to breaking down quickly when exposed to UV light and dampness. It is also a favorite home for ants and other wood boring insects. I live in Bali Indonesia and although bamboo is becoming more popular as a building material untreated and exposed Bamboo breaks down quickly. With the heavy wet season rains and high intensity sunlight of the dry season untreated and exposed bamboo structures here aren't expected to last more than a year or two. When used here for construction it is important to include large overhangs to protect the Bamboo from direct sunlight and water damage. The bamboo is also treated with pesticides inside and out before use and then clear-coated once installed to increase longevity. When protected bamboo can last at least 5 years and under ideal conditions and yearly maintenance can last upwards of 10 years. Of course longevity, treated or untreated, will depend upon the climate where you live.

    Wishing you many years of enjoyment out of your fence,


    Just adding another tip for long lasting outdoor wood fences/projects. On your vertical panel pieces to strengthen the stringers - don't screw or secure the wood through a knot in the panel wood. Over time this can easily become a point of weakness as the knot dries out (and possibly splits and falls out). Leaving that section less strong.