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How to Make a Bamboo Table with a Bamboo Splitter ? (Illustrated Guide)

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How to Make a Bamboo Table with a Bamboo Splitter ? (Illustrated Guide)

Making a bamboo table is a very simple thing, and the result obtained is really awesome ! All you need is a few bamboo canes of 5 to 8 centimeters in diameter, 2 wooden planks and a few nails.

In this article, you will discover the 8 steps to make a bamboo table.

1. Make slats with the Bamboo Splitter with 8 or 12 blades

Split bamboo with a bamboo splitter
Split bamboo with a bamboo splitter

The first step is to make the slats for the table top. The slats should not be too wide to avoid rounding (which would not be practical to put a glass on the table for example).

So I advise you to make slats from 2 to 3 centimeters wide. For this, you will need to use a bamboo splitter of 8 or 12 blades. I also advise you to use dry bamboo directly, because green bamboo shrinks over time.

To make a nice little coffee table, you will need about 15 slats of 90 centimeters in length. This will allow you to have dimensions of 90 cm*45 cm approximately.

You also have to cut 4 strips of 5 to 7 centimeters wide which will be used to fix the legs of the table. At the level of the length of these slats, it must be slightly less than the length of the slats to make the table top. You should count 2 slats of about 75 centimeters and 2 slats of about 35 centimeters.

If you want to know how to use the bamboo splitter, you can read my article on this subject.

2. Cut 4 legs from 40 cm to 45 cm (for a bamboo coffee table)

Saw the bamboo table legs

Once your bamboo slats are made with your bamboo splitter, you can make the legs of your future bamboo table.

To saw bamboo, I advise you to take a tool with aligned teeth such as the Japanese saw. The japanese saw allows you to get a clean cut and not to tear the bamboo fibers.

To make a bamboo coffee table, you have to make legs from 40 cm to 45 cm. Regarding the diameter of the bamboo legs, a diameter of 6 to 7 centimeters will be perfect. Try to make a straight and perpendicular cut, so that the bamboo foot can stand upright on its own.

3. Saw the strips so that they are all the same length

Bamboo strips

If you have cut bamboo slats of different sizes with your bamboo splitter, they should be matched to the same size. In our example, I sawed the strips so that they are all 90 centimeters long.

If there are any slats that are too curved, don't hesitate to remove them and cut other slats. (Ideally, you should cut the poles so that they are all 90 centimeters long before making the slats.)

4. Nail the strips to a thin wooden plank

Nail the bamboo strips

We will now be able to make the top of our table thanks to the bamboo slats we made. To do this, you can simply attach the bamboo slats to small wooden planks on each side. The wooden planks can be fixed from 4 to 6 centimeters from the edge.

You can use nails as we will do in this example. Use thin nails to avoid splitting your bamboo strips when you go to nail them. Also make sure that the two wooden planks are parallel, so that the bamboo strips are perpendicular to the wooden planks.

5. Fix the legs with the 4 strips of 5 centimeters in diameter

Then, to prevent the legs of the table from collapsing, they must be fixed properly. For this, you can make a frame thanks to the 4 bamboo slats that you cut with the bamboo splitter.

Once again, you just have to nail the slats to the top of the bamboo legs. For the structure to hold well, you must use 2 nails per leg. You can also screw them by drilling holes with a drill without any problem. This will make them hold better.

6. Place the table top on the legs

Bamboo table

That's it, our 2 main structures are ready and we just have to assemble them! To do this, you can simply put the table top on the frame with the legs.

You can also add an additional fixation, for example by gluing the table top, or by attaching it with a nice string. As for me, I simply put it down and it holds very well.

7. (Optional) Put a protective resin

This step is optional. If you wish to put your table outside, I advise you to apply a protective resin for the bamboo. Indeed, if the bamboo is outside, it may turn gray over time if it has no protection. The bamboo resin will limit this. Similarly, if your table remains outside, you can put a transparent plastic tablecloth over it to protect the bamboo from changes in humidity.

8. Have a drink on your new bamboo table !

Bamboo table

How to make a bamboo table

That's it, now that it's ready, you can enjoy your new bamboo coffee table ! You will see, the result is beautiful. If you are looking for other ideas to do with your Bamboo Splitter, there are plenty! You can for example make a pergola roof, a gate, cover a wall, make a chair back, etc...

Feel free to consult all our bamboo splitters on the store to make bamboo slices easily. Click below to see the bamboos splitter :


That's for this article on an example of what you can do with your bamboo slitter. If this article helped you, feel free to share it on your different social networks! You can also ask your questions in comments, we will answer them with pleasure.

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