Have you ever wondered how bamboo-covered furniture is actually created? Well, today you are going to learn how to make your very own bamboo-covered bench!
Making your own bench is actually quite easy; it is a recommended project for people who want to get into the DIY (do it yourself) spirit, but have little or no experience with carpentry.
DIY enthusiasts will attest to the fact that once you have mastered the basics of carpentry, everything else will feel second nature, because all furniture (beds, benches, tables, shelves, cabinets, etc.) follow the same rules of construction and carpentry.
Now, the first thing that you will need in any DIY woodworking project is a list of tools and materials.
To create a bamboo-covered bench, you will need some bamboo flooring (which is, of course, synthetic, not made of organic bamboo), special wood glue for attaching the parts of the bench, a large MDF sheet (medium-density fiberboard), and a smaller MDF sheet so you can cover the legs of the bench.
For the actual bench, you will need pine board (which is a prime choice for beginning woodworkers).
As always, you will need a regular saw (a manual saw), and a larger miter saw (miter saws use electricity and are used for cutting large boards and heavier pieces of wood).
To save time, it is also a good idea to invest in a small screw gun, as well as a regular nail gun, so you can just attach the various pieces of wood and boards without having to sweat it out manually.
The first step in the assembly of the bench is to create a box from the MDF sheets. This box will be the actual seat of the bench.
Of course, this “box” should have both short and long sides. The long sides will dictate the length of the bench. Nail two stringers in between (these should be equally spaced).
At each corner of the box, nail small, cut boards to form a square (these small pieces will run perpendicular to the stringers/supports).
The resulting spaces should match the dimensions of the legs of the bench. Don’t forget to add a fifth leg space at the middle!
The additional leg will support the mid-region of the bench (so no one will have the misfortune of breaking your newly crafted bench).
It’s time to create the legs. Measure the square spaces at each corner of the bench top and create the legs from the MDF sheets.
Attach the newly constructed legs, and strengthen the connection with wood glue.
When the legs are ready, brush some light adhesive on the surface of the entire bench.
Measure and cut the synthetic bamboo covering, and attach these pre-cut pieces to the bench. If you have never cut wood before, it is a good idea to leave the sawing to a miter saw.
It might be a little pricier, but over the long term you will be happier with the results.