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The Zombie Hideaway
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-06-21 6:26 pm   Permalink

I can't believe how long it has been since my last post on the Zombie Hideaway!! The last time I posted we didn't even have a Home Tiki Bar page here on TC yet! What a great idea that was!! I have been looking at so many different spaces, it really drives and inspires me to get mine done! Although time just doesn't help at all!

Well, we've been going through alot out here but I really gotta post some pic's so hopefully you don't mind me adding some updates! I've done a few things but it is still not 100% yet. I'm getting close and I seem to be going by the saying "It's not the arrival but the journey" (whatever the hell that means!)

Okay, so when I last left this thread, I was working on the custom cabinet for behind the bar. This is how we left off:

I had finished building it but I had yet to varnish it and fix the mistakes with the lighting. The goal was to be able to sit down across from this unit and not see the lighting or a reflection of it.
I added pieces of wood at the top of where the mirrors are, just behind the roof line, and also replaced the wood under the left and right side shelves with a thicker piece. That pretty much fixed it so you can't see the lights in the mirror.

Now for the varnishing. What a pain in the ass!! I have done so much woodworking in the Zombie Hideaway that I have ton's to do! Next time I gotta use more bamboo!! At least I will get the look I wanted but it is a hell of a lot of work. It sure pays off though once you varnish! The wood grains just pop and it's so much better to take care off.

I went with a Semi-gloss poly-urethane which is pretty much what I use all the time for woodworking. I will use Gloss for Bar Tops just to give it that extra shine but on shelving, trim and other pieces, I will use semi. I use Min-wax brand which I have had no problems with at all and like the finish I can get. Two coats of varnish with sanding between and three coats on shelves or horizontal surfaces. What a job but you really have to do it right if you want it to last and look good!

The cabinet was built in two pieces so I could move it if I had to and just so it wasn't too big. Here is the top half about to be varnished:

And the bottom half:

You can also see the painted dark brown back panel in this shot. It doesn't look too bad but I decided to remove the backing as I just didn't really like the color contrast between the stained wood and paint.

Here is the cabinet once it was varnished and without the lower back panel:

I decided to go with a tongue and groove back panel to kind of tie in with the wall and just to give it more of a classy look. I really didn't need to do too much because once the shelf is full of stuff you won't really see the backing. I just wanted it to look good and not regret leaving it.

Here's the panel once cut to fit and stained:

This shot shows just why I love varnished wood:

Left side varnished and right side just stain. Not only does the wood get a rich darker color, the grain pops and it really looks nice.
I just did a job at a restaurant and there was a lot of wood working and nothing was varnished. The place would look a million times better and so much easier to keep clean if sealed but they didn't want to. Fine with me though as it would have been a large job! Dust just seems to get right into the wood and it changes the whole look I think. Look at my other photos above and you can see how the color changes once dust or dirt gets on the shelving.

Here's the completed piece:

And installed on the left side:

Here it is with the panel installed and the drawers in:

Because this unit is not too deep at all, the drawers are more of a look I wanted as opposed to something that's going to get alot of use. I did however still wanted them to look good. They will be perfect for matchbooks, stir stix and napkins I think.

Here's a look inside after varnish:

I did a small sliding drawer on top to reveal the bottom of the drawer. More of just an accent thing I like to do but it add's a little character and works pretty good.

Here it is against the wall and with the lights on:

More to come!!
Mahalo, TabooDan

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Joined: Feb 23, 2010
Posts: 79
From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2010-06-22 09:09 am   Permalink

Looking good!

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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 875
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2010-06-22 09:57 am   Permalink

Wow, that looks sharp... kinda gives it that nautical feel to it. That room is lookin' really nice. Great work!

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Joined: Oct 22, 2009
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From: The Glass City
Posted: 2010-06-22 12:28 pm   Permalink

Great Scott! You could charge admission to get in it's looking so good.

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 683
From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-06-22 8:04 pm   Permalink

Thanks everybody!! Charge admission.....sounds like a good idea! More than happy to show it off for a small fee or donation!!

I forgot to post one shot with the Schirman velvet back up and the wood step shelf below the velvet installed:

Without flash:

Going back to the drawers for a minute, here are a few pictures of the finishing I did on the inside. I wanted to give the inside a quick lining on the bottom of the drawer so decided to add a little fabric. This can be done very quickly and is a great little finishing tip. You could always just stain or paint the inside but I wanted it to be soft on the inside.

First, I cut some cardboard (three pieces) as a base that would be wrapped in the material and then put in the drawer for the bottom. Cardboard works just fine as it's easy to cut, rigid enough to hold things, and still soft enough once wrapped.

I then sprayed the cardboard with upholstery glue and placed it onto the pre-cut fabric. I cut sections of fabric from the corners like in the photos and began to fold each side over like this:

It doesn't matter about your cuts or your glue or tape on the back because it will all be covered up. If you try this, don't cut the fabric too close to the corners of the cardboard as you don't want any of the cardboard to stick out.
I also like using cardboard because it's easy to cut just right so it's little tighter so you just pressure fit it in to your space. You can also use some glue or tape to hold it to the bottom but pressure fits good enough.

Once all corners and edges folded over you can put glue on the fabric or even tape works just fine. You won't see any of it and the pressure and glue will keep it all together nicely. Here it is folded over and glued:


Here's a shot of the drawer with the slider installed with it's new liner:

Didn't come out too bad for about 15 minutes work.

Later, TabooDan

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-06-23 5:39 pm   Permalink

Okay, here's a flash back of that wall again:

This is the West wall with the patio door. The window off to the right is the one covered up by the wall cabinet (previous post).

After adding the Matting and T&G on the wall:

Note the green wood pole in the picture above? It is a pressure treated fir fence post. More to come on that!

Here's the wall with a wood strip mounted at the top of the T&G:

I am doing one strip mounted on the wall like above with another 'top' added it to this piece and then a carved molding above that. This will match the other side of the room and kind of bulk it up a bit.
These moldings will all line up with the bar height for a continuous look. Well, that's the theory anyway. Although, if I was doing this type of strip again, I would go lower next time to make the walls seem taller. Good thing these walls were standard height to start off with.

On the T&G on the walls, I wanted a custom carved molding to go around. This carving will also be added on the other T&G wall as well. Eventually, I would like to have carved moldings above all the bamboo work but for now just on the T&G sections. I like the different look. I may give the carvings a try myself one day but for now I just don't have the time. I got Reido to carve these moldings and he did an awesome job!!

Here it is with the molding:

On the corner of this wall, between the rock and T&G, I wanted a custom carving. Remember that Green pole from a couple of photos ago??? Well, here it is now:

Now all you carvers out there will understand this but first up, you don't really want to carve Fir! Secondly, you sure as hell don't carve anything that's been pressure treated!!!
My friend Reido had a hell of a time carving this post up and I felt pretty bad. I think he went through a few breathing masks and took a while to do. But boy oh boy did it come out well!

I knew it shouldn't be done but it was the perfect size that I wanted to use and really, besides spending a hell of alot of time carving down a square cedar post, I figured if anybody could do it Reido could! Plus I already cut a v-notch out of the back of this baby to mount it to the wall nice and tight.
Does it really matter that his new born child came out with an extra limb?? Not really! Now little Cash is a freak and that limb will make him some extra $$$!!

Here's a closer look. This is the lower half with the first Tiki:

Here's the upper half of the Tiki Pole with the other Tiki:

In the next picture, which shows the middle area between the two Tikis, you can see "Z H" carved vertically which of course stands for "Zombie Hideaway"!!!

I gave Reido an idea of what I wanted in terms of style of carving and I told him I wanted the initials in the carving and this is what he came up with. He did an awesome job and it really added that personal touch specifcally for the Zombie Hideaway!!

Still gotta mount this bad boy and get it all varnished up.

Mahalo, TabooDan

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-06-24 5:00 pm   Permalink

Here's more varnishing getting done on the Tiki Pole and some baseboard moldings:

The Tiki Pole completed:

The very top 4" or so of the Pole I plan on doing a wrap of some thick old rope. I'll also be wrapping from the floor of the Tiki Pole just to where the top of the rock panel and wood molding meet. I thought this would look cool and kind of give it that sort of Tonga Room look.

Semi-gloss finish with three coats and sanding between the first two. I thought it would be a little rougher because of the wood but it came out really nice and smooth. The details and grain are really nice in person. I need a better camera!

Close up of "Z H":

And the upper half of the Pole:

That's it for now!

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Joined: Feb 23, 2010
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From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2010-06-24 5:35 pm   Permalink

Thanks for dropping by the Pao Pao Hut! I gotta say that your room is one of the inspirations/motivations for me. I like the way you've taken your time and got everything just right/the way you want it. Love the way you made the inserts for the bar drawers... that's what I did for all of the fabric panels in the hut that cover the drywall; I'll be able to take it all down and resuse later... Your place is really coming together and the new corner tiki pole addition is awesome. Can't wait to see the place finished and with some lighting in effect! I'm sure you're anxious to get in there and start mixing...

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-06-26 10:59 pm   Permalink

Hey Ashman, thanks for the kind words! It sure helps keeping me going!!

Just so I can continue showing the room in a way you can see the progression, here's a few shots of the rest of the side of the room where the bench is going opposite the wall cabinet.

This is an earlier photo of that side of the room:

As I completed the building and woodworking on the bench, I pre-painted the walls so they are ready for the bamboo as well. Here's the bench pre-bamboo:

As I worked on finishing up the bamboo on the bench, I continued the bamboo along the side of the wall, between the wall cabinet and the bench. Here's the bench completed with bamboo and starting on the walls:

At the same time, I was dry fitting my wood trim that will run along the top of the bench and tie into the corner where the Tiki Pole will rest.

Here's one showing the bamboo going up:

The wall between the two now covered in bamboo:

You can see a receptacle on the right side. When I mounted the bamboo to the wall, I cut out bamboo straight around the outlet by about 3/4". I didn't want the outlet to be a recessed but rather flush with the bamboo. The bamboo is pretty much uneven and sticks out about 1/2" to about 3/4" from the wall. I also didn't want to have to cut the bamboo at different lengths or notch too much of it out.

To make the outlet even with the bamboo and easy to deal with, I basically cut a piece of wood about 3/4" bigger than an electrical box. I then cut a hole out that matched the size of the inside of standard outlet box. It didn't have to be a perfect cut because a cover plate goes over the cutout area anyway. I made sure I had the right size cut out by using an extension device which is what you would use if you were extending your boxes to install ceramic tile. This is also good to use as it extends the box past the wood so we don't have to worry about any electrical or fire hazards.

Here it is with the metal extension in place:

All I gotta do is mount it and put on a cover plate and it's all done.

Once that's done I will mount some wood trim and dark bamboo on the wall to cover the seams in the matting and accents.

Two shots of the wall again:

This is the corner over the bench that will be home to a cool Tiki Pole I got from Leroy at Oceanic Arts a few years ago. I'll have Tapa Cloth behind the Pole with bamboo trim.

Also in the above shot, you can see the hole in the wall on the right. I'll make a frame for this and have a feature velvet painting in the wall that will have lighting as well. I'm hoping to make this corner look a little like a Trader Vic meets the Waldorf Hotel with the recessed velvet and all!! Hopefully I can do both these great places a little justice!


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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-06-27 04:37 am   Permalink

Amazing job Dan. Looks like the Hideaway already has a warm atmosphere even though the mood lighting isn't on. That pole is great and the backbar area is a piece of art by itself. Keep those pictures coming and keep up the good work.
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From: Lincoln, NE
Posted: 2010-06-27 11:26 am   Permalink

This looks really cool. On a long list of great tiki rooms on here, this is up toward the top.

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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2010-06-27 11:59 am   Permalink

Great job. This looking awesome so far. GROG like.

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From: Japan
Posted: 2010-06-30 04:25 am   Permalink

I love the detail on the cabinet, especially taking the extra time to do the interior.

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Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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From: B.C. Canada
Posted: 2010-07-10 1:11 pm   Permalink

Lookin' awesome! Now seriously Dan, isn't it about time for a few Zombies in the Hideaway?

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From: redding ca.
Posted: 2010-07-10 9:04 pm   Permalink

at least a shrunken head.. Love the bar. makes me wish I had the space!!

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