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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
Posts: 22
From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-05-30 7:47 pm   Permalink

This is what I have done so far. The Bora-Bora thatch should be here tomorrow and it should start to look more "Tiki" My plans are for a bar off the side and some counters around the inside. Please feel free to offer any tips or let me know what I can do to help make my backyard our Tropical paradise. I really like the idea of a fire breathing volcano with fireglass leading into a pond.
Thanks in advance for any advice



New pics. Thatch looks very cool and pretty easy to install.




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tikitammy
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
Posts: 140
From: Little Rock, AR
Posted: 2007-06-01 10:26 am   Permalink

Welcome to Tiki Central!

This is a great start...be sure to post more pics as this progresses.
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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
Posts: 22
From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-03 11:19 am   Permalink

I added pics but didn't know how to get the post bumped up. I guess when I update my post I will reply instead of editing.

 
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Tiki Den
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Joined: May 21, 2007
Posts: 24
From: Fairfield, CA
Posted: 2007-06-03 9:06 pm   Permalink

Nice Start!
Where did you get your thatch from?


 
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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-04 02:48 am   Permalink

The thatch is made by palmex-international. I bought it from golden global in Florida.

 
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tikitammy
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
Posts: 140
From: Little Rock, AR
Posted: 2007-06-04 1:22 pm   Permalink

I was also interested in the thatch...

Here's a contact:
http://www.palmex-international.com/thatchroof_tikihut.php

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ualpow
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-08 07:53 am   Permalink

Well, I was not done with the roof when the big winds hit here in Chicago area. I was a little worried about the structure with the 45mph gusts. The thatch held up fine and the structure just shook a little during the strongest gusts. I opted for the "windclips" from Global and they really held down the leaves. Only the Hip cap leaves flipped up and that was because the whole roof is not installed yet. I have 5 more rows of roof to put on and then I can start the interior.

 
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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-11 8:12 pm   Permalink

Here are some pics with the roof done. Now for the bar and counters.
I am looking for advice on the bartop. Leaning toward a dark highly figured wood with marine varnish over some pictures and tiki items.







 
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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-19 10:19 pm   Permalink

This is the bar, so far. One coat of Man-o-war spar varnish, many more to go. Also need to build cabinet doors and add some trim to hide the L-Brackets.



 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-06-19 11:02 pm   Permalink

Nice work ualpow.

Are you attending Exotica in July?

I'm currently carving for the event and will be bringing large and small tikis, masks and various other great tiki creations to just about your doorstep.

If you can't make it, let me know if you might be looking for anything... I deliver!


 
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karlmbar
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Joined: Jun 13, 2007
Posts: 10
From: Karl
Posted: 2007-06-20 04:50 am   Permalink

Awesome Tiki Hut!

Like the Dura Thatch Roof. I'm oscilating between Dura Thatch or Syn Thatch right now.......

Is the bar built from the Tiki Kev plan? I'm building the same one. So far so good. Would have been nice to have a measured diagram of the whole project instead of so many paragraphs.

Added the electric last night. Then to the upright poles which stick out of the middle of the bar. Using
T-111 for the front and sides. Will probably use some cedar for trim work inside the bar. The roof should be a real challenge.



 
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tikitammy
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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From: Little Rock, AR
Posted: 2007-06-20 7:25 pm   Permalink

Really shaping up...

What are you doing for the bar top?

May I suggest a glass tile mosaic??



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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-06-20 9:58 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the compliments. Lakesurfer, I will try to get to exotica and yes I am looking for carvings and masks.
Tikitammy, My wife really likes your bar top but I think we are going with a pour over some tiki trinkets we found at hobby lobby. I have read some horror stories of bar top pours gone bad so we are not sure yet. Maybe lexan cut to fit inside the edge trim?


 
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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-06-20 10:25 pm   Permalink

Ualpow,
it looks like you arrrr doing a meticulous job on your tiki tavern. Its fun to watch the magic unfold--looking swell!


 
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ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-07-04 09:23 am   Permalink

Well, The major work is done. Now for the details like bamboo trim, Hula lamps etc. We had a party on the 30th and it was a great time. Everybody complimented me on the "hut" which made me feel pretty good. The wife and I sat under the hut while it poured down rain last night, not a drop through the dura thatch roof! Here are a couple of pics for your critiquing and ideas. Still need to put the marine varnish on everything.




 
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