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In this DIY tutorial we'll show you how to make a bamboo bed with very basic hand tools and without the use of any metal nails or screws.
Cut two bamboo canes at 220 cm length (the tip of the cane should include a node). Continue by drilling two double holes in each bamboo bed frame rail (A). The first hole should be made at 8 cm from the tip of the bamboo cane and the second hole at 202 cm from the first. The holes should be 7 cm in diameter.
Rotate the bamboo canes (A) 90° and drill 4 single holes (not penetrating the two sides of the cane). Drill the first hole at 24 cm from the tip of the cane (the one with the node), and the other ones 56 cm from the first. All holes must be 7 cm in diameter.
The first cut is made with an angle of 45° starting at the end of the cane (B1). This cut must be made at both ends of the bamboo.
The second cut is also made at 45° using the previous cut as a reference point.
Finally, the inner edges of the fish mouth joint must be sanded or carved out, and the tips must be rounded. This is to create a better fit at the time of assembling the bamboo bed frame.
Drill a 7 cm diameter single hole in the center of the longest side of the bamboo cane (B1).
Drill two double holes at both ends of the bamboo cane (B2). These double holes should be drilled at 8.5 cm from the ends of the cane and have 7 cm in diameter.
Drill 3 single holes in the (B2) cane. The first and the last hole at 30.5 cm from the end of the bamboo cane, and one in the center which should be at a 22 cm distance from the others.
Place the 4 bamboo crossbars (D) in the holes that were previously made in the bed frame rails (A).
Insert the two headboard canes (E) simultaneously in (B2) and in the bed frame rails (A) as shown in the figure below.
The part with fish mouth cuts at the ends (B1) is placed at the other end of the bed frame rails (A); i.e. the front of the bed.
The (B1) part should fit tightly between the bed frame rails (A). To keep the bamboo bed frame in position, it is recommended to taut the bamboo piece by using ropes and a pin. This way you can increase the tension until the piece fits perfectly. At this point, you could also cut off the excessive material from the fish mouth joint that partly overlaps the hole in the bed frame rail.
To secure all the parts of the bamboo bed, we'll need to use and make bamboo dowels. Take a piece of bamboo (I) and cut the bamboo cylinder along the grain into 8 equally sized segments with a machete. These parts are used to make 20 cm long dowels, with a diameter of 1.5 cm at one end and 4 mm at the other.
It is important that the bamboo dowels have a conical shape in order to easily drive and fasten the bamboo bed components. Also leave the bamboo outer layer attached to one side of the dowel since this 1 mm layer possesses 90% of the strength of the bamboo dowel. For this bed design you'll need at least 20 dowels.
Make 8 holes of approximately 8 mm in diameter in the bed frame rails (A). It is recommended to secure the 4 crossbars (D) at one side first before drilling the holes in the other side of the bed. Without securing one side, the corresponding holes could shift position when drilling the holes on the other side.
The bamboo dowels are struck until they come out on the other end of the hole. Once the bamboo dowels are secured you can cut of the excess. Some bamboo furniture makers use a drop of wood glue before inserting the bamboo dowels, but it is not required to guarantee a strong fixation of the dowel.
Perform the same process as outlined in steps 3, 4 and 5, with the only difference that only one side should contain a fish mouth cut while the other end contains a node. The resulting legs should measure 28 cm at the highest end and 23 cm at the lowest.
The (F) parts are used as front support, which are similar to the (E) parts that form the headboard. Both are also used as studs to penetrate the legs. The legs (C) are then placed under the frame.
The legs are fastened with cross dowels as shown in the illustration below. The dowel holes are approximately 8 mm in diameter.
3 single holes of 7 cm in diameter must be made in the footboard frame piece (B3). The first and last holes are at 8.5 cm from the respective end, the other hole is in the center of the piece, which should be at 44 cm distance from the others.
A bamboo plug (G) is placed in the center of (B1) after which (B3) is placed on top of it. The bamboo plug helps strengthen the bamboo frame.
Drill 4 holes of approximately 8 mm in diameter in the footboard as shown in the figure. Insert and fasten the dowels and cut off the excess.
Drill 5 single holes of 7 cm in diameter in the headboard section (B4). The first and last hole are at 8.5 cm from the respective end, the other 3 holes at a 22 cm distance.
Insert the 3 headboard posts (H) into (B2) and place (B4) on top of them.
Drill 10 holes of approximately 8 mm in diameter in the headboard as shown in the figure. Insert and fasten the dowels and cut off the excess.
Cut off the excessive material of the bed frame rails (A) and cover the open bamboo canes with a piece of wood or plywood (alternatively you could insert a bamboo node into the bamboo cane to give it a more natural look). Draw the outline of the bamboo cane directly on the plywood before cutting out the circle with a jigsaw. Glue the plywood to the bamboo with wood glue.
Perform this process for the 3 bamboo canes (J). Alternatively you could also use split bamboo rolls for the bed base.
|||1. Make cuts on the outside of the nodes to reduce the resistance of the bamboo.||||2. Make partial alternating cuts in the adjacent internodes, so that the bamboo canes do not split completely.|
|||3. Make one cut along the cane to start flattening the bamboo.||||4. With the semi-open bamboo cane, the node cracks open from the inside until it loses its rigidity.|
Place the bamboo mats on top of the crossbars and attach them with staples (alternatively you could use a fine wire to fasten the mats to the crossbars). The inside portion of the mat must face the ground.
And that's how to make a bamboo bed, now it's your turn! Feel free to share pictures of your bamboo projects in our Bamboo Forum. We love to see your creativity.
Source: Translated from Vctecbamboo