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The Zombie Hideaway
Reid-O
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From: B.C. Canada
Posted: 2010-07-14 9:23 pm   Permalink

Oh...and when I say it's time for Zombies, I mean...

3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. Don's Mix
1/2 oz Falernum
1 1/2 oz. Lowndes Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
1 oz. 151-proof Demerara rum
Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Herbsaint or Pernod
1 tsp. Grenadine
6 oz. crushed ice

Dan...I know you know!

Cheers!




 
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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2010-07-15 11:02 am   Permalink

Hey, Dan, I'm gonna' throw this out there...
I'll be heading out to Van for the next couple of weeks. If it happened that you were thinking about hosting some sort of pre-Grand Opening/Zombie-drinking party this month don't be afraid to send an invite my way. I promise to be well-behaved. For the most part.


 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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Joined: Aug 07, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2010-08-11 12:47 am   Permalink

Very cool sir, very cool! In regards to your fireplace insert, is there any issues with the exterior of the "box" it's encased in becoming to hot on the outside? I'm thinking of doing something similar but am worried about potential hazards.
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2010-08-11 3:26 pm   Permalink

Man that Zombie sounds good right about now!! Nice one Reido!!

Hey Brando, I PM'd yah.

Aloha ErkNoLikeFire! I like your name! Glad you like it so far.
As far as the surround goes and the heat, I don't really have to worry about it with this one as this fireplace is electric and because it has fan forced heat, the heat pretty much blows out the front vent and doesn't really linger at the unit too much. Just the vent.

That being said, to the left and right of the insert (inside, behind the rock), it is hollow right to the edge of the woodworking. Plenty of space for air to move. There is an eternal shelf about 4" or so above the top of the insert and I drilled holes through the top of that shelf to allow for any warm air to dissipate that way. That was just a little extra I did which was just to allow more air flow but I didn't need to.

Now if this was a gas unit, I would have done things a little different but not too much. I would have done my woodworking back a little from the face of the fireplace. Like have the carvings on the outside edges of the fireplace as opposed to what I did right around the fire. Would have had rock there instead and then nothing to worry about.

Hope this helps!!
I've got some updating to do so gotta get on here!!

Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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Posted: 2010-08-11 6:00 pm   Permalink

Thank you sir! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2010-09-17 08:12 am   Permalink

Looking forward to seeing an update!

 
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2010-09-27 3:00 pm   Permalink

Wow, I can't believe how quick the time goes by!! That seems to be my common thing I say on here!
I have been doing lots of work on the Lounge lately to get it finished. A few things have changed in our lives and it has been difficult to work on and I have had to change a few of my plans in the Lounge so I can get it finished quicker. I can't do everything I wanted to do so some of the plans have been locked up in The Hideaway's vault until my next build!!

I am quite a bit ahead of my updates on here so I will have to try to catch up.
Thanks to all who keep coming back to check out what's new!!!
Mahalo!! TabooDan

Updates to follow!



 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2010-09-27 4:45 pm   Permalink

Okay, as you can see in this older picture, there is a space that is framed inside the wall on the left:



A little later you can see both spaces in the walls:



This is at the entrance to the room. These are going to house velvet paintings which I will frame, surround and add some lighting. I am kind of doing this by knowing what I would like it to look like and then seeing how it turns out as I go along.

Since I am trying to do different things throughout the room and have the Lounge as unique as possible, each in-wall display will be different. The outside frame and whatever I do on the inside will be different. I figured since they are different sizes, different pictures and on different walls, I don't need to match anything. I also put the small one in this wall as I really wouldn't be able to do anything else on this small wall as the door opens into the room and restricts me from putting anything to thick on the wall.

With the one on the small wall, I am having a small velvet go inside. This is opposite the doorway which comes into the room on the right. I am saying this as I have a future plan here which I will fill you in on as I get a little further ahead!

Here's a view coming down stairs into the room:



You can see what I mean now about how tight it is there with the door swinging in.

I have installed a electrical box right in the frame so I can add lighting later on. The velvet painting is a vintage 1960's one that I have. The detail in it is very very good.

I first started cutting some pine wood and making an internal frame:





I started to think about what I was doing and how I wanted this to look and put the wood idea on the back burner for now. I wanted to have fabric (well, actually velvet) on the inside around the art piece.
The Waldorf Hotel has it's original Leeteg velvets in the Tahitian Lounge recessed with fabric in them and they look great. If I can do something along those lines but change it a bit I would be happy. Now mine is not going to look like theirs:



But you can kind of see where I got the idea from. They used a lite-brown velvet which goes all around the inside around the velvet. Geez, look at the color of their walls!! That's what 50+ years of smokin will do to you!! What a great color though!!

I went and found some brown velvet I liked and decided to attach the velvet either side of the art like this:





Just stapled on with no frills or gimmicks! Don't worry about the staples. They will be covered up. This is really just for the side sections.



I then decided I wanted to angle the top and bottom inside edges towards the velvet art. I could do it out of wood but I had some Styrofoam in these small blocks and figured if I cut that it should be quick and easy to use.



Once I cut the foam to size and with the angle/slope I wanted, I put red tuct tape around the edges to help keep the foams edge true and stiffen it up a bit.

I then removed the foam and attached more brown velvet:



We then folded the velvet over the foam and attached velvet with staples to the outside edge. It is much easier to get an extra set of hands for this sort of thing.





We used a thin pry bar to tuck in the edges which worked great.



We had to make sure we wouldn't get any creases as we stapled. Just tight enough so it didn't go anywhere.

Here it is tucked in on the sides and ready for staples:



The velvet has been pulled tight and stapled down:



I wanted to use rope lite to go around the inside of the velvet because it let's off a nice warm glow (perfect for velvets) and also because of the low heat, ease and flexibility.

I cut off the extra velvet and then attached the rope lite to the outside edge of the recess:



Once the external frame is done, the plan would be to not have the light visible at all when viewing the art or from inside the room. The cord itself will be hidden under the top piece of foam and go straight to the electrical box. No wires and no mess!

To finish off this piece I will have two pieces of Bamboo running vertical down either side of the velvet and then have a dark wood frame mounted to the wall. I haven't decided on the frame style yet but it will be pine stained dark and may have bamboo or matting attached to it. Don't know yet.

More to come. Mahalo!!!
TabooDan

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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2010-09-27 5:27 pm   Permalink

Great idea, Dan. I like it!

 
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bamboo stu
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From: Pleasantville, CA
Posted: 2010-10-12 4:19 pm   Permalink

This is coming along nicely, top notch craftsmanship.

But where is the BAR?


 
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2010-12-31 4:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks Big Kahuna!

Hey Bamboo Stu, thanks! As for the bar you ask, well, I will be using an old vintage rattan one I have for now. It is a smaller one but the shape and size of it will fit my place pretty good.

At first I was going to build a bar but as time went on I realized that I would actually like to use this room before we end up moving or something! And the way things look, that might have to come sooner than we had hoped. Next time I do a bar, I will for sure build my own. It is definitely a crucial part of any Lounge!


Oh, and let me just say, I am no expert on these things. This is just the way that I have done it as I have gone along. I came up with a plan and tried to stick to it as I went along. There are many different ways to do the things I am showing you. These images and info. is just being shared so others can possibly get inspired or maybe see how some things can be done in there own place.


Back to that recessed velvet I was doing.

Here's what I did at the top:



I used Red Tuck Tape (used for Poly) to seal over the exposed drywall edge, matting and wood. This will keep dust and any loose bits of material falling in between the velvet and finished frame. Just kind of seals it up.

Here's the wrapped piece of foam going in:



This was cut to fit tight and was set in place with double sided tape.

Then the velvet wrapped over and stapled:



The only real difference with the top over the rest is that I have the power point being hidden here for the rope lite. I just cut a channel for the wire in the foam and once in place and the frame mounted, you won't see it.

A little close up of the top corner area:



For the frames I'm making them with pine:



For this velvet I basically built three frames, one with in the other, to give me two borders. This way, if I decide to add bamboo, matting or another material to the front face, it will have dark wood bordering it. I also did the interior frame not as high as the exterior edge frame to build it up a little and give a slightly different profile.

Here's what that looks like:



All sanded and ready for it's dark stain bath:



Once I split, cut and aged some bamboo:



I wanted bamboo running vertically on the sides only so here's one being checked for fit:



Without flash:



This is what it looks like with both bamboo pieces and rope lite on:



Of course, you won't be able to the lite once it's hidden behind the frame. I am adding a thin strip of wood on the inside edge of the back of the frame so you can't see any of the lite at all. Because this wall opening is right at the doorway and on a small wall, you could stand in the middle of the room and see the lite itself. UNACCEPTABLE!! This strip will prevent any visible lite. Just the glow on the Wahine!!

More to come soon!!
Thanks for looking!

TabooDan

Edited to replace missing photos.

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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2011-01-02 11:15 am   Permalink

Here's some of the finished pictures of this project. Sorry if this dragged on a bit. I wanted to show the step shots in case anyone wanted some details.

Once installed with glass:



You can now see another frame that was added around the frame I finsished and pictured inlast post. I had a problem.
Once I was ready to go and after I mounted the glass to the back of my frame, it was too tight and the rope lite pushed the original frame away from the wall.
I built another frame acting like a spacer and added the new frame starting at the edge of the cavity and having it come out about 1.25" from the original frame. I then mounted the original frame to the new one.
It now gave me the depth I needed so the rope lite would sit nice and the frame could be mounted properly. More work but I couldn't do much else as I had the glass cut and secured to the back of original frame already and I didn't want to change that.

In this shot, you can just see the glow of the rope lite on the bamboo:



Sorry for the crappy pic's! We all know how the flash drowns out alot of the mood and atmosphere. It looks WAY different in person and I am no photographer so you aren't really seeing what it truly looks like. The whole image glows and the details and contrast with the materials like the brown and black velvet, bamboo, and dark wood looks pretty good.






Okay, now the following isn't really a good picture but I kind of wanted to include it to show the reflection of the light that is just outside the doorway at the bottom of the stairs:



I was trying to be Artsy Fartsy but just don't have the camera (or the time) to set it up properly. The flash had to be used or you only see a blur. I will have a friend of mine shoot the room properly when it's done so we'll see how those turn out one day.

This is the view coming down the stairs and into the Zombie Hideaway:



The fixture I made with a few other vintage lamp pieces. Brass canopy, small ship's wheel, misc. light hardware and a glass globe covered in old fishnet. I may add a colored bulb one day but for now it's just white.





More to come.
Mahalo and Happy New Year!!
TabooDan

EDITED TO REPLACE LOST IMAGES.

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-01-02 3:21 pm   Permalink

Wow...that is a lot of work...great job...it looks wonderful.

 
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2011-02-24 6:02 pm   Permalink

It sure is disappointing that the last 20 pictures are missing! I thought these may get repaired but I guess not.
I will have to post the pic's all over again when I get some time although it's going to take quite a bit to figure out which photos go where and with my descriptions.

TabooDan


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-03-05 5:46 pm   Permalink

Taboo Dan,

Sorry you lost all of your pics in the great white out. Hope you can find the time to re-post them. Where you going to display that Islanders Clamshell bowl?

DC


 
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