Step 4: Bamboo the Bed

Now it's time to add the bamboo siding to the bed.  The plywood is too thin, I believe, to hold the bamboo solidly, so I decided to add a frame around the edge to provide a mounting surface for the nails and glue.  This new frame is 2x2's(ripped 2x4's) and some 2x6 blocks at the corners.  This is attached with wood glue and screws from the plywood top.

  For attaching it the bamboo, I used gorilla glue and brads from the nail gun.  I used the gorilla glue because I thought people might actually hold by the bamboo when they are moving the bed, and it will need to very strong.  For the rest of the bamboo on this project, I used wood flooring glue which is very flexible to allow to wood to expand.  The brads had a hard time penetrating the bamboo some of the time, even at 125 psi, but again the bamboo is very hard.  I generally used clamps to hold the glued bamboo in place while I nailed it. It ended up quite straight and very strong.

  At this point, I added blocks on the underside to help align the top on the frame, so if you needed to move the bed, you could at least take top off and move it in two pieces, and it would easy to put it back together.

  It's time to cover the sliding tables in bamboo.  Use a notched trowel and get a nice grooved pattern to provide good adhesion.  You need to work somewhat quickly, because it starts cure in maybe ten minutes or so.  Once you get the top done, put a lot of weight on it and let it dry over night.  I used gorilla glue again for the sides because there is so little surface area.

Finally, you cover the legs.  This is a little tricky because in order to make the mitered joints look good, I think you need to do all the sides at the same time so you can make all the little adjustments to sharpen up the corners.  Do a dry run using clamps first to figure out which pieces would go best where.  Theoretically, they would all be identical, but obviously we know this is not the case, so I think you can find an arrangement that works best before applying glue.  I used the wood flooring glue again and lots of clamps.  Be patient. Let it dry overnight before moving on the to next one. This glue is made to lie flat on the floor, so if it's not totally dry and hanging vertically, the piece will sag.

<p>Hey, whatever happened to the headboard post?</p>
Beautiful project! Congrats! <br>I would like to point out only a critical issue. The bed top needs to allow air to circulate in order to let the mattress ventilate, otherwise it will grow mold in a very short time.
Do we have the headboard instructable yet? I'm about to start this bed next week, and it'd be really awesome to have the headboard walk-through available...
when is the headboard going to be put up?
This is really awesome! <br>I cannot wait for your write up on the head board!!! I was playing around with a few ideas for a headboard...came across some examples of people doing this same thing with flooring and literally had the exact same thought with the bar of light in the headboard so to read a book by or something. When I found this it was just awesome! Looking really great! again, can't wait for your write up! Thanks for taking all the frustrating trial and error out of it for me ; ) hahahahaha
Thanks lolwatumad, I'll put up the headboard in a couple days, I'm writing it up now. I split up the instructables because I think there is a 100 photo limit, and the headboard has a lot of photos. Thanks again!
Any update on the headboard instructable? I'm using some concepts from this instructable as well as some other platform bed instructables.. but not doing a headboard yet. But I definitely want to know how you did yours!
Was this a really expensive bed to build?
I would really like to see the headboard you came up with! I really like the bed frame you made.
looking forward to the head board!
That looks fantastic! How long did the project take you from start to finish, glue drying time and all?
I ended up taking some days off, but I would say the bed took about 20 man hours. The Headboard took longer because it's more complicated and I had to trial and error a lot of things, like fitting the drawers. Thanks for checking it out!

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