How To Make Bamboo Table – With all the complex manufacturing technology and automated processes around us today, it’s nice to go back to the basics every once in a while and remember how great old fashioned handmade can be.
Traditional Chinese craftsman Li Zizi doesn’t need computers or fancy machines to make furniture; he only needs a ruler, hammers, chisels, saws and bamboo to make a sofa and a table.
How To Make Bamboo Table
It’s not surprising how he makes a whole set from scratch. From pruning bamboo stalks in the forest to preparing them for handicrafts, he does it all himself.
Arched Bamboo Side Table
After preparing the stems, he carefully measures each one and cuts them accordingly. Joining two pieces of bamboo is usually done by cutting a hole in one shoot and cutting the other. Gravity and close-in stems provide grip and better traction.
For the most important elements that support the structure, Li Zizi doesn’t use metal nails…he uses more bamboo. In keeping with the whole bamboo motif, he hammers the bamboo cloths, which he cuts when they are in their final place. This particular couch will be difficult to disassemble, but then again, we’re not talking about subway-transportable Ikea furniture.
Lee Zizi’s technique, which is particularly interesting, is how he makes the material flexible; after heating, the bamboo is easily bent at the request of the owner and takes any shape.
Stool With Bamboo Frame In Gold Leaf And Linen Seat
After completing the back and frame of the sofa, the stems begin to be inserted to fill the gaps. This involves placing some small bamboo stalks inside the sofa frame and pressing them together.
He goes through the same process (albeit on a slightly smaller scale) to make a table: he cuts huge bamboo stalks, filling the spaces between them with smaller ones.
Li ZiQi’s YouTube channel has many other videos of her making traditional Chinese patterns, so be sure to check them out!
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To make matters worse, we have problems with bamboo in ST. All ornamental bamboo should be planted in a steel trap to prevent uncontrolled spread. Our neighbors planted bamboo long before this law was passed, so I always took great joy in controlling the population with a chainsaw. After years of living in Connecticut soil, some bamboos can grow to great heights and diameters. What should a sad child do in this situation?
Obviously, larger diameter bamboo will be stiffer and stronger. It is good for furniture support. Smaller diameters are good for adding ornaments or decorations. For such a table, it is necessary to make legs with a larger diameter. For cross supports, look for bamboo that is slightly smaller in diameter than the legs. You will need to drill holes to fit the cross pieces to the legs.
Determine the dimensions of the table you want and cut the bamboo to size. Leave an extra inch or two on the cross pieces so they can fit into the holes. Calculate the diameter of the cross and drill two holes of the same size centered at 90 degrees to each other in the legs. Choose the tool for the job. I used a dremel to cut out the rough shape and smoothed the edges. Once the pieces fit the way you want, glue them together.
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I found the leg joints and bars to be ugly, so I wrapped them with homemade rope for aesthetics. Also, for aesthetics, varnish the wood to preserve the color and give it a nice shine.
I had to ask the master for a glass of certain dimensions. Determine the final dimensions of your table and leave a 3-inch overhang on all four sides.
Enjoy your new table. If you’re in New England, it’s also good to know you’re helping to control invasive species.