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Hakalugi's - Bamboo Fence & Play Structure Makeover
Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-21 10:58 pm   Permalink

That's awesome man.

x2 on the need for a play tiki bar!

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-06-27 3:30 pm   Permalink


On 2013-06-18 19:54, mstevens wrote:
What an amazing fence!! I hope you don't mind if I ask you a few questions please in hopes that I'll get the courage to try and make something similar in my yard. What did you use to fasten the big and small bamboo to your crossbeams? Wood Screws? It almost looks like you used something to plug where you fastned them too? Also, if you don't mind me asking, how did you mount the lanterns to the bamooo? The different colored lighting from the ground shining up onto the fence looks awesome too. Can you give any detail on what you used for that lighting? I'm not this creative to come up with a design by myself as good as this so thank you for sharing all of your information.

Wow, this ol' thread got bumped up! First off, thanks everyone for all the new comments and compliments! Secondly, I'm going to move this to the Home Tiki Bar thread 'cause it's most appropriate there. Yeah ATP, there's no bar on the play structure but that actually was intended for part of phase three! Maybe someday I'll start phase two...

Mstevens, good eye on spotting the wood furniture plugs. As far as your fence questions, the large bamboo poles are secured to the crossbeams with wood screws. First, a large access hole was drilled on the exposed side of the pole, then a smaller hole was drilled directly opposite for the wood screw, then.. err.. wait. let me find a pen. Okay, here's an image that should make it pretty clear.

Ideally the wood plugs would be covered with some sort of rope or sea grass lashing.

As far as the smaller bamboo poles, they were all secured directly to the support beams with wood screws as well. No access holes or anything like that, just straight through. None of those screws are visible because they are covered by the split bamboo cross beams. The cross beams were secured to the support beams using tan counter sunk deck screws(just two per cross beam). The screws are visible but hardly noticeable. Here again though, they could potentially be covered with some sort of lashing.

I don't remember the exact details on how the lanterns were attached but I do recall using some standard off the shelf lamp parts to extend the mounting posts all the way through the bamboo. The lashing around these is purely decorative.

The lighting is run of the mill low voltage landscaping lighting fixtures purchased from Home Depot or Lowes and then outfitted with various MR16 led lights. I purchased these led lights from

Hope that helps!


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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2013-06-28 1:27 pm   Permalink

Hak is a Rad Dad!

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-06-29 8:20 pm   Permalink

I'm still in awe of the possum capture...those things are mean. Fence is great!!!
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"

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Posted: 2016-05-07 2:18 pm   Permalink

So it has been 10 years any updates?

And I have a question...
After ten years would you say doing this helped?
Sounds like it would help seal the bamboo.

"All of the bamboo was sealed on the ends with resin"

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Posted: 2016-06-04 4:08 pm   Permalink

What a fun story. In my neck of the woods those bamboo poles are $36 each when you can find them. Did you get yours for less? Wendy

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Joined: Jul 21, 2008
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From: California
Posted: 2016-06-05 10:01 pm   Permalink

Most impressive project. Particularly found the bamboo work informative and appreciate the photos and product info too. That amber mica in the lanterns really makes your nightime lighting pop. Great idea to use it.

We've been in the process of planning and landscaping our backyard for sometime now and joined TC years ago when first looking for ideas of ways to incorporate a tiki feel. Recently been considering some type of bamboo panel at the bar area. This thread was very helpful. How has the bamboo fence aged after all this time? Any pest issues since (other than the occasional critter…hilarious and great photos) in doing the bamboo fence? We have black widows here and wondering if that could be a problem area for us if we go that route especially since it's next to the bar at night when people would be in pretty close proximity to the fence. Thanks.

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