Bamboo coffee table – sustainable furniture design

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - side view

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – side view

Make a Bamboo coffee table, you ask???

DIY ready bamboo boards are ideal for the DIY enthusiast. Working with solid wood requires all the prep time to get the timber ready for assembly.

Bamboo boards, with all the qualities of solid hard woods, simply need to be cut to your required dimensions.

In this post we’re going to take you step by step through the making of a bamboo coffee table.

See how it’s done …

How to make a bamboo coffee table

The stunning grain achieved with Strand Woven Bamboo is ideal for sustainable furniture designs. Here a carpenter designs and builds a new bamboo coffee table using an Eco-Logic strand woven bamboo board …

Step one is to have a plan and then get the bamboo board cut to the dimensions required for assembly. We have a convenient online cutting list optimization tool that you can use to find out how many boards you will need for your project here!

Step 1 – Cut the board

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - cutting up the board based on the cutting list

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – cutting up the board based on the cutting list

One important step in setting up the cutting list is to ensure that the grains match. So we recommend you number the pieces in a systematic way. You can use chalk, or even a soft pencil for the numbering.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - mitered & ready to glue

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – mitered & ready to glue

Step 2 – Miter the board edges

For the design of this coffee table, the carpenter chose to create a chunkier looking table. The technique used in this project – making an 18 mm thick board look nice and chunky – is to miter the edges at 45°.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - cutting the miter joints for the legs

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – cutting the miter joints for the legs

In this project the carpenter simply set up his table saw blade at the correct angle and cut all the join edges at 45º.

Step 3 – Gluing up the mitered edges

Now that you have all the joining edges mitered, it’s time to glue the pieces together.

First line up the legs for taping together.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - puting the leg edges together for glueing

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – puting the leg edges together for glueing

Using masking tape, tape the backs of the joining edges together so that the edges to be glued are open. Apply the glue as per the picture below.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - gluing up the legs

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – gluing up the legs

Now that you’ve applied the glue, you can join the edges and strap up the joints for drying.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - final taping after applying the glue

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – final taping after applying the glue

Once you’ve taped up, it’s time to clamp and let the glue do it’s work.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - finishing off the legs

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – finishing off the legs

Using the same technique, finish off the rest of the table legs & the false edges of the table top.

Step 4 – Apply your desired finish to get your bamboo coffee table looking just the way you want it.

The carpenter tested a few finishing products on the off-cuts and settled on a furniture wax product.

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - which oil to use?

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – which oil to use?

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - close up of which oil to use?

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – close up of which oil to use?

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table top - the final finish coat applied

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table top – the final finish coat applied

Step 5 – Admire your bamboo coffee table.

It’s always great to admire your handiwork – enjoy!

Bamboo coffee table - isometric view

Bamboo coffee table – isometric view

Step 6 – There is always a new project to tackle.

Bamboo boards are great for any project where you would use traditional timber. Here our carpenter has already started tackling his next project – a bamboo baby crib and changing station.

Sneak peek - solid bamboo baby crib and changing station

What are you going to do next with bamboo boards?

In addition to this bamboo coffee table, here are some ideas for your next project:

Bamboo Furniture, Bamboo Corner Shelves, Asian Coffee Table Plans, Antique Bamboo Coffee Table, Metal Bamboo Coffee Table, Round Bamboo Coffee Tables, Faux Bamboo Coffee Table.

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About The Oriental Bamboo Team

We only deal in Bulk Quantities of Solid Bamboo Timber Products - boards, counter tops, plywood panels and doors - nothing else.
  
Through extensive manufacturing research and experience, we specify our products at our factories to perform well in our diverse African climatic zones.
  
Being solid bamboo pioneers in Southern Africa, we have worked with users in all facets of timber application over the years.
 
We are driven to understand our customers specific requirements. As a result of these relationships with our varied clients, we have accumulated a lot of experience in using solid bamboo products wherever one would traditionally use timber.
  
This blog documents a few of our experiences and comments on various aspects of solid bamboo timber as used in various applications.
  
Oriental Bamboo is a BULK bamboo timber supplier of "specified for Southern Africa": bamboo boards, bamboo plywood panels, solid and hollow core bamboo doors, direct from our factories to the manufacturer - NO MIDDLE MEN. We supply bulk volume clients in South Africa and sub Saharan Africa.