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.
In this DIY tutorial we'll show you how to make a bamboo chair with very basic hand tools and without the use of any metal nails or screws.
Bamboo rain gutters are a green alternative to metal and plastic gutters and are mostly used in areas where bamboo is abundantly available. Bamboo gutters are cheaper and provide a rustic appeal, but are less durable than conventional gutters.
Splitting bamboo, is another basic technique when working with bamboo. Split bamboo is often used in bamboo fences, wall decoration, furniture, etc. The applications are endless and it basically all depends on your own creativity. Below we have set up a very easy step by step DIY action guide on how to split bamboo poles.
Bending Bamboo can be accomplished in its green or dried form. Learn how to bend bamboo and watch our instructional videos.
Although it is widely assumed that the original Australian aboriginal didgeridoos where made from termite hollowed eucalyptus wood, traditionally it is suggested that the first didgeridoos were in fact made from bamboo.
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.
How to join bamboo, or what are the best bamboo joints? Well first of, it is important to know a few basics principles about joining bamboo before discussing the different techniques.
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.