Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I protect my outdoor bamboo garden from the sun and rain ?
A: Apply a water sealant at the beginning of your outdoor project and at least once a year after that. Clean up is
easier with protected bamboo, and bleach may clean up unprotected bamboo. Allowing the bamboo to age
naturally is a cool look too, bamboo will never completely retain its original look when used outdoors.
Q: What is the best way to drill a hole in bamboo ? I want to build a headboard and make some dresser
handles out of bamboo for my son's room. Bob - Naperville, IL
A: Use a forstner bit for any hole larger than 3/16" and a drill press on anything larger than 1/2"
Q: Should I use safety glasses when working with bamboo and knives and other high speed things?
A: Yes, if you want to see your final project I would highly recommend it. Always be safe. Think out
your every move.
Q: Can I stain bamboo ?
A: The results of staining bamboo are very subtle, even with a dark stain. It will highlight the nodes
and imperfections slightly. I would suggest finishing with a good quality sealer to further protect your
bamboo and enhance its natural beauty.
Midwest Bamboo Ltd.
We're always looking for ways to help you as well as ourselves with all bamboo related
questions. Please keep them coming.
Q: Is this stuff copyrighted.?
A: ©Copyright 2006, Midwest Bamboo Ltd.
Midwest Bamboo Ltd. Phone 630-352-9736
Q: What is a slat fence ?
A: A slat is a bamboo pole that has been split down the middle at least twice leaving you with four
slats instead of what you once had, a whole pole. And you can continue splitting the slats depending
on the look you want.
A two inch pole may get you as many as eight slats making the pole pieces look almost flat against a
wall. Flip flop the slats to get a more uniform look. Bamboo tapers as it grows. So your slats will taper
too. The nodes ( the rings on the bamboo ) will not align after flipping every other slat giving you a
beautiful offset staggering node look. That's a slat. Whole pole=O slat=( You got it. Half
rounds are a pole split down the center just once.
At this time, Midwest Bamboo Ltd, imports all of our manufactured wire tied fencing. I think it's great
that something that is so interesting and beautiful can be made into something else. From wind
chimes to bridges, bamboo is the material of the future.
Q: How does Midwest Bamboo measure a bamboo pole ? Nate - Warrenville IL.
A: We measure the outside diameter of our poles about 3" in from the widest end. So a 3.75"x 12'
pole may measure 3.78" on one end and 3.05" on the other. This is sold as a 3.75"x12' pole. We may
refer to it as a 4" pole when having a conversation about it. Bamboo tapers as it grows taller and will
naturally loose width along the way. If precise measurements are needed, call Midwest Bamboo Ltd.
630-415-7787 or e-mail us .
Use slats as a molding
Q: Will bamboo crack ?
Let's start with a basic fact; adding moisture to bamboo makes it expand, removing moisture from
bamboo makes it shrink. Bamboo is a tube and has more surface area on the outside than the
inside allowing faster drying on the outside and slower drying on the inside.
So here it is; It isn't the drying that creates cracks; what causes cracks is uneven shrinkage (or
By removing the nodes and sealing inside and outside the pole with the same product will help it
remain stable. The goal isn't a specific moisture content, the goal is a uniform moisture content.