Working with Bamboo: DIY Techniques
This section is dedicated to working with bamboo and DIY construction techniques. All previous posts, questions and answers, articles, pictures and videos about working with bamboo are listed here for your convenience.
The usual practice to remove toxicity from bamboo shoots in the Philippines, is to remove the skin of the bamboo shoots and grate it in a course grater making strings about the size of spaghetti and boil it for about ten minutes. Then rinse the shoots in cold water and then it is ready for any dish.
I am using guadua as the corner posts for a pyramid. Any suggestions as to how to join these at the top would be greatly appreciated. The lengths of the posts will be 8.5m, the pyramid base 9m x 9m.
I will be building a low cost pig farm in a nearby village with the help of unskilled villagers to avoid high construction cost. I will be using bamboos for the roof, vertical support pillars and horizontal support beams.
I am using 2" bamboo poles for a railing for a stair and i want the pieces to be continuous. I have 8 ft lengths but want the railing to be about 20 ft long with rail brackets every 3 to 4 ft.
I saw some info about creating strong bamboo joints when using Guadua in building construction, especially adding cement to the joints. I recall threaded rod and hardware being used, and possibly rebar as well.
This video from the Technology Institute in Costa Rica shows a basic technique in bamboo construction: the bamboo fish mouth joint. Notice the backslash of the drill in the beginning of the video.
I have been working with bamboo for around 20 years. I've built numerous structures for Quindembo Bamboo Nursery on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their nursery used to be located in a drier part of the island but now they have moved north where it rains more often.
Informative video on how to build walls with crushed bamboo panels and natural plasters (adobe). Preservation of the bamboo matting is of course required before using them in construction.