Selection, splitting and staggering.Step two
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Heat treatingStep five
Hand planing 1Step six
Hand planing 2
Final dimensionsStep eight
Attaching hardwareStep nine
Sweeps (where the bamboo did not split as straight as I would like) and notes. Nodes are always a problem. Here's a picture of two nodes, the top one is a problem. The bottom one has been addressed.
The other problem with nodes is a "bump" at the node damn. Both of these problems can be corrected by sanding, by heat or by the use of both. Heating usually involves a small vice to press the nodes flat. Bamboo is very pliable when heated.
In the picture at left I'm heating a strip.
At right I've placed the strip in a small vice to straighten it and allow it to cool. The other strips are in the background.
Sweeps don't have to be perfect. They only have to be good enough that the remaining sweeps will come out when heat treated. However the problems with nodes and kinks should be addressed at this stage.