I would like to begin a case study in structural design using bamboo, which has currently become available to me. The design instance I would like to structurally copy is the Rogue RM-6 "Monster Rack" and a simple bench. Knowing that bamboo is used in scaffolding there must be details on structural reinforcement when binding stems together to make a structure. I would like to apply these kinds of principles to this rack design making necessary modifications where compromise is necessary. I do not know a good source to learn how make such structural binding techniques, so I thought to ask here if anyone here knows of one.
Bamboo in its natural shape is very prone to splitting. Having any kind of hole will reduce its high bending strength resistance significantly.
In addition, bamboo culm does not have a constant cross-section in the longitudinal direction, makes it harder to create a reliable bond. J.F. Correal "Bamboo design and construction" has few suggestions for bamboo connections. the following are few of the typically used and suggested connections.