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Prefab Tiki Bars for the humid swampy outdoors
ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-03-01 7:54 pm   Permalink

I've been diligently working the past 3 weeks and thought I'd throw up some pics of the progress. Sorry about the shade and shadows in the photos. It's all taking place underneath a 50 foot oak.

The first ones are of the deck deconstruction:



Thats 10 years of sand and more(Read:Armadillos) built up between those joists!




Next is the dirt brought in for the cement, and the cement after it was laid:






The deck being rebuilt:




The bamboo fence enclosure going up around the rebuilt deck:




And last but not least, the tiki leantu I built for inside the screen porch:







I wish the last three had better lighting but the sun had already set by the time I had finally completed. I'll post another with better lighting hopefully tomorrow.

2 days down. 3 more days of uninterupted work! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

When I get the screen porch cleaned up I'll snap some more photos also. With the furniture and Target Prefab Tiki it looks pretty good.

Time for a beer......................................or two!




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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-03-01 9:37 pm   Permalink

You been a commited boy haven't you? Busy busy! Keep posting! Nice! I love fresh concrete!


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ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-03-02 12:59 pm   Permalink

Here's a couple of daylight photos of the screened in area. It shows it off a little better. Lots more to do here to bring the real Tiki feel to this room.





Here's a shot of the spline for the new McTiki's Tampa!



Looks like we're well on our way. We'll start on the joists in the morning and then OSB by afternoon hopefully. Right now it's out to the yard to see if I have enough posts to build my bamboo fence for the sidewalk.

That beer is gonna taste pretty good tonight seeing it's Friday......then again it was good on Thursday now that I think of it.


 
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ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-03-04 4:14 pm   Permalink

Here's what I ended up doing on Saturday morning seeing that the rest of a day was a wash due to the 1 and a 1/2 of rain we had. I made two sections of bamboo fence for the sidewalk and got some more of the joists in place. I also replanted my plumaria,pineapples, and a small hibiscus.

Not too productive but a couple of steps closer. I have to take the next weekend off because of family coming into town but then it will be right back at it.






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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-03-04 5:33 pm   Permalink

Looks vaguely familiar! Are the beams bolted through the 4 X 4 s ?

What degree is the angle?


Lookin goog bro!


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ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-03-05 4:25 pm   Permalink

Hey Mctiki,

It's a 8 degree angle roughly. The 4x4's and the 2x6's are just angle plated together right now. We will add the 4 1/2 inch lags when we start again next week. It's a pretty sturdy structure so far, but with the summer t-storms and the slight chance of the passing tropical system, I'd never leave it to chance.

I found some good tiki-oriented supply place's here in West Central florida for anyone that is interested. I'll put a link over in the Tiki Marketplace section.


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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-03-05 5:12 pm   Permalink

Sounds like you are on the right track! Make sure you lag em before the big storms come!

At the rear where the backbar will be, how much height do you have?


Lookin good!


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ShawnJuanTiki
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Posted: 2007-03-06 1:30 pm   Permalink

The clearance is just about 6'5". It will be a little tighter of a space than yours, but should still be functional. I don't know if we will put a TV in there since we have the big screen in the screened area.

Maybe we'll just make it a music only spot, perhaps some Aqua Velvets, Reverend Horton Heat, or Don Ho and Dean Martin. Music soothes the savage beast ya'know, that and cocktails.

Anyhow, I'm itchin to get back at it. Can't wait for next week!

Love to hear any comments from anyone else interested, and of course McTiki!
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tikinoob
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Posted: 2007-03-16 12:58 pm   Permalink

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SOLID! You need some mini-thatching over the doggie door too!?


 
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ShawnJuanTiki
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Posted: 2007-03-20 07:46 am   Permalink

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SOLID! You need some mini-thatching over the doggie door too!?
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Don't get me side tracked on another project Tikinoob! My pooches will wonder if I've lost my marbles!

It looks like I wont be doing any substantial construction for another 2 weeks. My gal said to get the boat tuned up and in the water before I go any further on my Polynesian getaway.
No problem actually, it's been giving me a little more time for thought concerning the project. I'm going to see if I can sneak some time in this week to throw on part of the roof though.

It's always easier to ask forgiveness than permission and she's always forgiving when presented with a nice frosty beverage!

More pics and progress to come!

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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2007-03-20 11:52 pm   Permalink

Someone posted in another thread about building your own bar that tiki torches made of bamboo can be used for bar fronts. This can be really affordable as at the end of the season i've bought them for as little as a buck a piece, saw the top off and you've got cheap boo.

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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-04-03 10:13 am   Permalink

Where's the progress updates?


Pffft!


I just built another one of these indoors! Halogen lights over the tile tops are cool as hell!


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ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-04-03 6:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the prompting McTiki, but not a lot to report on the construction as of late.

We had family in town recently and the last couple of weekends have been dedicated to my hot rod as well as Cerveza and Rum on the boat. Remember......all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.......Hehe--

Anyhow, I leave for vacation this week so it looks like another week will pass with no updates.

The desire to continue is there but unfortunately the time keeps escaping me.

Lets just consider it a labor shortage!
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pelermon
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Posted: 2007-05-01 7:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-01-25 14:44, tikinoob wrote:
Quote:

On 2007-01-24 22:59, ShawnJuanTiki wrote:
Any other Floridians with experience concerning this? How about suppliers here in Florida? Really looking for durability and cosmetic appeal. Any takers?



ShawnJuanTiki, if you have the time and are up for it, I totally recommend building the bar yourself!

I am just now putting the finishing touches on my bar in Cape Coral (on TC site to research decorations etc). I have a temporary photo up here: http://www.shackinetics.com It's more of a chickee/tiki hybrid depending on who you ask, but you know - nothing in Florida is really "genuine" anyway, right?

You are dead on point in that you get exactly what you want by doing it yourself... Plus the whole experience is just great, some of the reactions I've gotten have been priceless - the most fun I've had since college no doubt.

Are you totally set on bamboo? I can't help you a whole lot with sources for that - my bar is cedar & cypress. It's largely based on designs from Tikikev.com with my own modifications for kegerator, kick rail, and gigabit networking The Cypress (poles) I picked up from a guy in Kissimmee: http://www.palmhuts.com/ They were extremely friendly and helpful and were really the only people I could find willing to sell me raw cypress. Other than that and the palm fronds (scavenged from all around Lee County) pretty much all materials came from Home Depot. There's another place I looked for lumber and thatching that's probably closer to you: acethatch.com but they're pretty pricy (more industrial, do work for disney etc) from what I remember. The suggestion above to scavenge for discarded bamboo might be a good one, unless your project is going to be large-ish - it's kind of nice to get all your materials in a more convenient way than driving around again & again... plus you never know what kind of creatures you drag home with you. For me, collecting palm thatching introduced several new species of ants, wasps, and frogs to my backyard.

Since my bar is pretty much brand new I can't give you any first-hand knowledge of how well it'll all truly hold up in our area, but from what I've been told cedar and cypress are pretty much the cream of the crop. Cedar is well-renowned for it's natural resistance and cypress to just a slightly lesser degree I believe - I figure it was/is the wood of choice for the Seminoles for a reason... In the design I used, everything from the bar-top on down is heavily varnished as well. As you should be able to see from the photo my bar/hut is situated in between our screenroom and a very dense/mature line of areca palms (and a 4ft. fence) along my side yard. My only piece of advice is make sure you're comfortable with how protected it will be inside your screenroom. Choosing an area where it's sheltered from the wind on a few sides will be a good idea, both for the bar's longevity, and your ability to sleep at night. After the finishing touches on mine, the next step is installing some brackets or eyes for strapping it down during storms.

Let me know if there's anything else I can answer for you, I'd love to help out anyone I can. If you're interested in this type of design, I can certainly tell you a few tips on what to do and not do. I had a lot of helpful/generous people help me along the way and I definitely plan on passing the "tiki cheer" along...

Note to others - I plan on getting a proper introduction of my bar put together on the forums here once I have all the finishing touches done. Right now mounting some carvings and finishing rope trim etc...

cheers!



Very nice job.
I sent you a PM.
I would like to talk to you about the one I am building in the Cape.


 
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ShawnJuanTiki
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From: Big Daddys Lounge, Tampa
Posted: 2007-06-10 3:53 pm   Permalink

It's been along time since I started this project and it still has a ways to go but I thought I would throw out some pictures of its ongoing transformation.

The bar itself is currently under construction. It needs to be finished on the inside still and there are some more details to attend to on the outside as well. It has taken shape overall but is anything really ever finished?

There are some night shots as well being we had a little get together there last night.

Enjoy!











 
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