How to Make Bamboo Furniture

How to Make Bamboo Furniture. Bamboo is a hollow grass that is available in many varieties. While you can make some types of bamboo furniture yourself, it is often difficult and requires a great deal of skill. Those without bamboo furniture making skills should stick to manageable projects such as bamboo wall coverings or a simple bamboo framed coffee table.

Gather Your Supplies

Step 1

Visit the Bamboo Fencer website to choose from a variety of bamboo poles (see Resources below).

Step 2

Discuss your project with your bamboo pole seller to be sure you select the appropriate products.

Prepare the Split Rattan

Step 1

Measure out the split rattan to match the sides of your MDF sheet. The MDF sheet will form the table top.

Step 2

Cut the split rattan at a 45 degree angle using the miter box. This is so that the corners of the rattan meet to make a square corner.

Step 3

Sand the newly cut ends of the each piece of rattan. Make sure you sand only in the direction away from the cut--if you sand towards the cut, the rattan will splinter.

Step 4

Spray the rattan pieces with shellac over newspaper or other protected surface.

Step 5

Allow the rattan pieces to dry, then shellac again. A third coat may be necessary.

Step 6

Hammer a finishing nail slightly into the corner of a rattan piece.

Attach the Split Rattan to the Tabletop

Step 1

Place wood glue on the end on the rattan piece and press it onto the edge of the MDF sheet.

Step 2

Hammer the nail in the rest of the way.

Step 3

Repeat this process with the remaining three rattan pieces.

Prepare the Bamboo Legs

Step 1

Cut the bamboo into four 10 inch pieces.

Step 2

Sand the freshly cut edges.

Step 3

Pre-drill holes into each leg where the corner brace will attach.

Step 4

Screw the corner braces onto the legs.

Attach the Legs

Step 1

Position each leg 2 inches in from the corner of the tabletop and mark with your pencil.

Step 2

Screw the corner brace into the tabletop to secure the bamboo leg.

Step 3

Attach the remaining legs until your furniture is complete.