Repairing A Bamboo Coffee Table

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If you have access to sticks of bamboo, you can repair the top of a bamboo coffee table. This project shows how to replace a broken glass top with a mat of bamboo, while reusing the original frame.


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Living on an island gives you plenty of opportunities to recycle old tables, jars, plastic planter pots, and so much more. Here it is difficult to throw things away so instead we try and up-cycle them to use them in our home. The table frame is from a bamboo table that had a broken glass top. The frame is in great condition and can be used to build a new table. All you need is some small pieces of bamboo to make a beautiful table for your home.

Total Time: 2 Days

Yield: 1 Bamboo Coffee Table


  • bamboo table frame
  • sander
  • 1 Sheet sandpaper
  • 80 small bamboo sticks
  • 1 Can Bison glue
  • scissors
  • 360 m Fine Jute
  • hack saw
  • cutting block


  1. Sand off all the old varnish from the table legs. It is important to not sand the leather wrapping on the table legs.
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  3. Once the table has been sanded, take your garden hose and wash the table. Leave the table out in the sun to fully dry before you start working on the table.
  4. You will now need a lot of thin bamboo to cut for your project.
  5. Measure the pieces of bamboo to fit across the tabletop. Mark the bamboo so you can cut the pieces you need for your project. Depending on how large the table is will depend on how many pieces youll need to complete this project.
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  7. Apply a small amount of Bison glue to both sides of the table at the same time. You can usually apply enough glue to glue down 8 pieces of bamboo at the same time.
  8. Place the cut bamboo on the table and make sure you have enough glue so the pieces will stick. You do not want a lot of glue left over because you will need to have enough room to wrap the cord around the bamboo once the glue has dried.
  9. Glue down all your pieces of bamboo and allow the glue to dry overnight. If you live in a place that is very warm the glue will dry within a few hours.
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  11. Cut a piece of fine jute that is 6 times the length of the table top to start off with. This will not be enough to finish lashing all the bamboo to the table top. If you try and cut too much cord it makes it very hard to work with.
  12. Tie the cord on the table. Make sure you get it tied securely because you will be pulling on the cord when you are wrapping the cord around the bamboo and the tabletop.
  13. Always work from left to right when lashing the jute on the table top. You are going to start off on the left and wrap the cord across the top of the bamboo, feed the cord down through the bamboo, and pull the cord towards you so that the cord is now on the underside of the bamboo table.
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  15. Pull the cord up and place the cord across the bamboo piece to form an X. Feed the cord down between the bamboo stick and pull the cord under the stick and toward you. You want to arrive at the left side of the bamboo stick. This is the same place that you were at when you wrapped the cord.
  16. You will now wrap the rest of the bamboo sticks in the same way. You will be working on the right side of each stick to start the X. If you run out of cord it is easy to cut another piece of cord. You will need to attach the cord to the underside of the tabletop. You are knotting the cord to the other piece of cord. Make sure you do this after you have fed the cord through the bamboo. Pull the cord forward and continue wrapping the bamboo to the tabletop.
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  18. Once you are done with both sides of the bamboo we will need to make a figure 8 down the center of the bamboo tabletop. This holds the bamboo in place and makes the top of your table stronger. You will need to measure the tabletop and figure out the center, now divide this in half. This is where you will place the cord on both sides of the tabletop.
  19. You will need to cut 16 times the length of the tabletop. You need plenty of cord to make the chain stitch so be sure to cut a good amount of cord. In order to make it easier to work with, I wrapped my cord up. Otherwise, you will be pulling the cord through the loop each time and this is very difficult to do.
  20. To make your figure 8 - Form a small loop in your cord, feed the cord over the top of the bamboo, go under the piece of bamboo and come up the back side. Now take the longer piece of cord and feed it through the loop. Pull the cord and loop tight to form figure 8. Continue like this all the way down the tabletop to lash all the bamboo pieces together.
  21. When you are done, you can varnish the top of your table. I prefer the natural look myself so I do not do this.
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