I’ve never been good at designing things or working with my hands, despite the fact that I enjoy working with my hands. However, generally the outcome is not what I had imagined at the beginning. So, maybe you can imagine my joy when I finally put my latest idea to the test.
Bamboo is a wonderful, quick-growing, giant, versatile plant that grows in abundance in Sardinia. One year ago Hub was heading into the mountains with a friend. I asked him to collect me some wild, Sardinian bamboo. He came back with half a truck load.
My mind raced for as long as a year. Like a rat on its wheel, forever spinning, around and around. What am I going to do with this bamboo? Oh, the grand ideas I came up with, all which were stalled within the first few seconds of thought as I had DIY fear.
Math, measuring and putting it all together with my hands and head seemed overwhelming. Could I really, do it? After a hard, cold winter in the Mediterranean the sun finally shone its heat upon the frigid land. Now was the time, I just had to do it. I had to do it myself!
DIY Bamboo Ladder for Living Room or Bedroom
- Find your bamboo. Most hardware stores sell bamboo pre-cut, measured and cleaned (then your job is a little easier at making this ladder). If you live in an area where bamboo grows wildly, then head on out and cut your own stocks.
- Organize bamboo. Put the longest with the longest, fattest with the fattest … etc.
- Decide height of ladder. I did have the measuring tape out during this process, I knew I wanted the ladder at eye level, so I grabbed the tallest two stalks then cut them to size.
- Use fattest stalks as the sides of your ladder, smaller stalks as the step of the ladder.
- Clean bamboo stalks. Remove all excess skin from the bamboo stalks.
- Lightly sand bamboo stalks to remove excess dirt and to bring out the natural beauty of the bamboo.
- Arrange bamboo stalks to your liking in a pattern on the ladder.
- Lightly glue all connecting pieces of bamboo together. Allow to dry.
- Wrap twine or cord tightly around the connecting pieces of bamboo. Starting one corner at bottom of ladder, then opposite side at top of ladder. Work your way around the ladder.
- Voila! Enjoy.
I’m extremely pleased with the outcome of my bamboo ladder. Something I thought impossible, I made possible, with a little patience.
This little project took me a day and a half to complete, plus an entire year of deciding what to do with the bamboo in my garage! Now that I’ve completed one, the desire to make more is burning. Shall I?
I left the twine a little long on the ends, with use it may come loose and longer ends makes it easier to re-tie.
Are you good working with your hands? What have you made lately?
If I can make a bamboo ladder, so can you!
What do you think of my DIY Bamboo Ladder?