How to properly process bamboo

Bamboo is more en vogue than ever - you can find it in eco-textiles, in to-go cups and also like to use it as an alternative to wood for building structures with a hint of the Far East. If you like to do carpentry and handicrafts yourself, we recommend a few tips on correct processing.

Process bamboo for durable constructions

Bamboo furniture is a fine thing, because it is very atmospheric - your bamboo rocking chair, your bamboo bathroom cabinet or your bamboo garden fence will be even more expressive and more valuable to you if it is made by yourself. But if you make the effort and roll up your sleeves yourself, the work should of course last a while. To do this, you should take the following to heart:

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  • for constructions in the open air: protection against weathering
  • in the case of permanent structures (fences) in the open air: prevent permanent contact with the ground
  • use sharp tool to trim
  • create solid and (weatherproof) connections

Making bamboo weatherproof

If you want to build a table or a pergola for outside from bamboo, you should protect the bamboo material against weathering before processing. The best way to do this is to paint it with a common wood stain. Alternatively, you can also oil the bamboo regularly. With one coat of paint, however, the surface is permanently sealed, which means that you have extensive peace of mind before repetitive maintenance measures.

Prevent vertical pillars from coming into contact with the ground

This rule applies above all to the erection of fences outdoors: If you want to set up a fixed fence at the edge of the property, you cannot simply anchor vertical bamboo pillars directly into the ground. They are best placed on galvanized water pipes, post shoes or ground spikes. With permanent contact with the ground, the bamboo cane will eventually rot due to the moisture.

Use sharp tools

Because the protective, lacquer-like outer skin of bamboo cane is very smooth and hard due to its high silica content, it can easily splinter when sawing. Therefore, use the sharpest possible tools for cutting, preferably those for metal processing.

Create solid and weather-resistant connections

The connections between bamboo tubes or. between bamboo tubes and bamboo plates is a bit challenging because of the round cross-section of the tubes. Traditionally, connections in bamboo structures are created by plug connections or rope knots. Make it a little easier with metal perforated tape, which you tie around with plastic or jute tape for additional strength and for the look. Special bamboo connection systems such as Bambootix are also very easy to process, but somewhat more expensive and visually less authentic.