Tent Platform with Bamboo structure

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Project by Harvey38 posted 11-20-2014 10:46 PM 3687 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We host student campers at in the rainy season their tents get soaked inside and out. So we built six of these elevated platforms with oversized roofs to protect them from the rain. They work so well we made two of them into “Glamping Cabins” with added screening and full size beds.
4×4 posts are shaped to receive the bamboo corner posts and bamboo nails with glue are used to connect. All bamboo connections are shaped with a jig saw, drilled and nailed with hand made bamboo nails, then tied together. Regular nails will split the bamboo. It was the first time I worked with bamboo and a fun experience.
The roof material was made from a 2 meter wide tarp material we buy in rolls and attached together with a 4” overlap and contact cement

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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Jim Sellers

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 01:05 AM

Interesting and industrious undertaking. Thanks for the close up details of the joinery.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 12:16 PM

The tent looks very inviting! I couldn’t imagine how the joinery is done on hollow bamboo. But it looks easy – if you know what and how to do. :)
Thanks a lt for sharing!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 12:40 PM

Amazing! I love it.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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