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.