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Kahaka's Tapa Tiki Lamps
KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-01-10 9:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Here's the last lamp I completed for 2013. This was a custom order by Forgotten Tikiman. Thanks buddy!



Cheers,
Woody
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A Frame
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Joined: Apr 16, 2009
Posts: 250
From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2014-01-10 10:06 pm   Permalink

Nice...an excellent outcome seems to be the norm when you create!

 
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TikiPops
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Joined: Jan 11, 2008
Posts: 242
From: Buena Park, Ca.
Posted: 2014-01-19 5:03 pm   Permalink

Woody.
Lov'in the resin work. The inlaid lava rock is awesome. I going to have to try playing with resin. Just seems like so many options.


 
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foamy
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 589
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2014-01-20 08:53 am   Permalink

Woof. Another excellent lamp maker. Very nice work. I gotta drop in more often.

 
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-02-06 3:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks A Frame, TikiPops, and foamy!

TikiPops... resin is fun stuff, just messy as hell, expensive, and fumy. It does open up windows of possibilities for lamp making!

I haven't done a thread of a lamp build from start to finish in the ten years I've done this, so here goes.

I'm making a drum style lamp with bamboo sides with a resin, ship wheel style bottom.

I use this goofy caveman "tool" a while back to make my circles. I then divide the circle so that there are 8 spokes leading to the center circle.



After cutting out the windows between the spokes, I line all inner walls with woven edging I get from Benson's Imports.



After cutting down some bamboo into 3/8" trivets, I use 2 part epoxy to glue the pieces into place on a sheet of synskin, before I pour the colored resin over the top.



Next to fill the other windows with shells, and pour the resin...





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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2612
Posted: 2014-02-07 05:44 am   Permalink

Lookin good.
Will be cool to see how you make yer lights.
I have been wanting to make a knock off of one of your lights
for myself not for sale.
Never can find the time.
After I did a how to make a basket light on TC I can never find baskets for lights now.
Could be a coincidence.


 
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-02-09 7:20 pm   Permalink

We still need to do that trade, TikiSkip!!

 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2186
From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-02-09 7:29 pm   Permalink

Kahaka, you're killing me! Dude, your stuff is amazing! Thanks for the in-progress pics!

 
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-02-09 7:59 pm   Permalink

Resin!

I use this wax to dam up the imperfections in the wood so the resin doesn't run all over hell.



Then I use wax paper for the panels and painters tape to prep for the resin. Wax paper pulls off cleanly- doesn't stick to the resin once it hardens.



All the panels taped up.


This is the resin I use... I get it at Tap Plastics.


Poured. Ready to work with in about an hour.


Next up, the sides and bambooing.

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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-02-09 8:56 pm   Permalink

Great work! Your attention to detail is what makes your lamps so rad!

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5507
From: Sin City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-02-09 9:39 pm   Permalink

One of these days I am going to have to get a Kahaka lamp. Although I was thinking it would go in the Tiki lounge, I lately have been thinking the dining room might be a better fit. Sure I was just going to keep Tiki in one room of my house but I got some creep going on...LOL You do beautiful work.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 5469
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-02-09 9:43 pm   Permalink

Is that your car key in the resin?
HA! made you look...


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2612
Posted: 2014-02-11 05:06 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-02-09 19:20, KAHAKA wrote:
We still need to do that trade, TikiSkip!!



Going to sell all Tiki, I'm going Spanish conquistador!!!
Please join me at Spanish conquistador central.
Where oddly enough we will talk about Tiki and bacon.

Jokes aside, I have already got some new tips here.
Great job on this one!
Stuff like this makes TC great.


 
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-02-11 6:25 pm   Permalink

I lost all 8 of my keys in the resin on this one!

BigK, thanks man! I'm havin' fun with it.

I've wanted to do this for a while, Skip. Your how-to-threads were/are always fun to watch and inspiring. Glad you've found something useful in this one!

Next steps!

After the bottom is done, I join it to the top circle with four beams. The top piece has an open center to provide access to the bulb.




Then I lay out the synskin I'm going to be cutting out to adhere to the abaca matting I'll be wrapping around the frame. With pencil, I trace the edge of the frame as I roll it to find out how much I'll need, then repeat on the other side, then cut it out. The synskin will defuse the light from the bulb and give the sides the necessary glow.


I like to iron out the abaca matting to get rid of the creases before spray gluing to the abaca.



Synskin adhered to the abaca.



When I moved to the house we're currently in 2 years ago, I was finally able to set up my air compressor in my work space. All previous work spaces were too small to even allow me to use it. Hot dog, I love this thing. I use a pneumatic stapler to staple the matting to the frame. I also recently bought an air nailer, which I used to nail on the bamboos.









Finishing steps up next!
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 809
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2014-02-11 6:26 pm   Permalink

And I'd be happy to make a lamp for ya, VampiressRN!

 
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