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Backyard Tiki Hut - Deck finished! Pg. 3
TikiMike
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Joined: Dec 07, 2005
Posts: 38
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-19 9:40 pm   Permalink

I haven't posted in quite a while... been pretty busy working on my backyard tiki hut (in progress). The main structure is done, now I'm starting on the fake boulders and stone waterfall that will eventually be in the back corner. Once those are done, I'll put a wood deck underneath the hut. Let me know what you think... I'm always open to suggestions too!

Location chosen


Oleanders removed


Applying patterns to beams (thanks surf-n-turf!)


Pattern drawn


Carving (routing) done


Corner posts in place (they've been stained and marine varnished)


Closer look at carvings


Even closer look at carvings


Beams in place


A-frame and center beam in place


Joists in place


Roof completed


Lauhala mat ceiling (you can see the mister tubing here too)


Tricky corner for the mister tubing (I got those lights at Target)


Mister drain valve & closer view of rope lashing (for looks only... the beams are all bolted)


Float light... I had to re-rope the light and hanger. I need to cover up those hose clamps!


Light switches and outlet (you can also see the beginnings of some faux boulders)


Faux boulders begin with piles of the old pavers (this is where I will plant a palm)


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closettiki
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Posted: 2007-07-19 10:30 pm   Permalink

wow....this is cool....i dig the look......this will look awesome when done...i can just picture it at night with torches lit and the bar open....it will have a small bar.....right.....

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2007-07-20 03:08 am   Permalink

Looks very familiar!


Awesome detail work and no fear of the huricanos in AZ!

That will be a killer hangout.

Mahalo


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croe67
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From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2007-07-20 04:41 am   Permalink

Wow - that is very cool - I look forward to seeing how you further finish it off & will it up with tiki "stuff"!

 
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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 06:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-19 22:30, closettiki wrote:
wow....this is cool....i dig the look......this will look awesome when done...i can just picture it at night with torches lit and the bar open....it will have a small bar.....right.....



Oh yes it will have a bar!
I'm actually thinking of putting it on caster wheels so I can keep it to the side when not in use. Gotta leave room for my hammock!


 
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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 06:21 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-20 03:08, McTiki wrote:
Looks very familiar!


Awesome detail work and no fear of the huricanos in AZ!

That will be a killer hangout.

Mahalo


McTiki




Thanks McTiki! Yeah... I watched the progression of your hut, which turned out awesome. I definitely took some cues from your project!

We're right in the middle of monsoon season here too (had a doozy of a storm last night) and everything is holding up to the elements!

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McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2007-07-20 06:47 am   Permalink

Flaterred here!

Ok, gotta ask....Monsoon season ???????? in AZ ????

lol


Mahalo


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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 09:28 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-20 06:47, McTiki wrote:
Flaterred here!

Ok, gotta ask....Monsoon season ???????? in AZ ????

lol


Mahalo


McTiki



Haha... strange but true! We get some crazy weather here in the summer. Check out these videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDZqvfKOBDc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QtEBWn1Ris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjl3uOzjfTw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnvx9iQdNIU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs__vfnqZ9Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp4lHmYt6AE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYbiYtFasf8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M2eJxOpBIo


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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-07-20 09:41 am   Permalink



 
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cheeky half
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 09:54 am   Permalink

Hey that looks great TikiMike! Just let us know if you want some help christening that bad boy.

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Aloha John
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From: San Bernardino, CA
Posted: 2007-07-20 10:02 am   Permalink

My God TikiMike that is KILLER! I feel like you have practically created the A frame hut that I have in my head, and on various scraps of paper. I too found inspiration from McTiki's. Great job!!

I just sent Lake Surfer a message about those stencils too. Are all of the carvings on your posts from his stencils, or just the one pictured? All done with a router too?

What type of wood did you use, redwood? Is there some plywood or something above the lauhala, it looks like it is pretty flat, relative to the spacing on the joists...I'd expect it to sag if wasn't glued or stapled to something?

Nice job on the mister lines too.

When I bought my float light from Polynesiac and mentioned I wanted to hang from an A frame beam, he mentioned the need to keep water out of it, for electrical reasons. I know we both live in arid climates, but did you do anything to waterproof the electrical in the light?

-John
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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 11:57 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-20 09:54, cheeky half wrote:
Hey that looks great TikiMike! Just let us know if you want some help christening that bad boy.

cheeky half




Thanks! Once it's complete we plan on having a christening tiki party. I'll keep you posted!


 
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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-20 12:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-20 10:02, Aloha John wrote:
My God TikiMike that is KILLER! I feel like you have practically created the A frame hut that I have in my head, and on various scraps of paper. I too found inspiration from McTiki's. Great job!!



Thanks John! Yeah.. I had it all worked out in my head too. I didn't really make detailed plans, just took measurements and sort of winged it.

Quote:

I just sent Lake Surfer a message about those stencils too. Are all of the carvings on your posts from his stencils, or just the one pictured? All done with a router too?



I made up/found the other patterns from other places. The one LakeSurfer used was trickier, so I used Adobe Illustrator to draw it out & print it, then used carbon paper to transfer the deisgn to the beams. I started with chisels but ran out of patience. Most of it was done with a router.

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What type of wood did you use, redwood? Is there some plywood or something above the lauhala, it looks like it is pretty flat, relative to the spacing on the joists...I'd expect it to sag if wasn't glued or stapled to something?



The wood is just treated Douglas Fir from Home Depot. I used a dark stain and McClosky's Man-O-War marine varnish (satin) on all the beams and joists. You're right, the roof is 3/4" plywood. I put the plywood sheets up on the joists, marked and cut them to fit, and then took them all down. I then used contact cement to attach the lauhala matting. Then I put the plywood back up on the roof. It was a huge pain in the ass to put them up twice, but I wanted the seams/edges of the roof panels to line up along the joists to keep the lauhala edges from coming loose. Plus it gives a more "seamless" look. On the top of the roof I used self-adhesive stips of roofing membrane to cover the plywood seams, then went over the whole roof with roofing sealer. Finally the thatch went on top of that.

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Nice job on the mister lines too.

When I bought my float light from Polynesiac and mentioned I wanted to hang from an A frame beam, he mentioned the need to keep water out of it, for electrical reasons. I know we both live in arid climates, but did you do anything to waterproof the electrical in the light?

-John




Thanks... the misters have already come in handy. It was 113 degrees here last week!

I bought the float on ebay, but there weren't any holes in it. I had a local place,
Artistry in Glass, cut a hole on top, large enough to get a bulb/socket in there. Plus I had them cut a small "weep" hole (dime size) on bottom to let any possible moisure drip out. They did all the holes with a sandblaster, so I had them frost the inside of the float to give that nice glow, and make the outline of the actual bulb less visible. To keep water out I used a 1/8" thick sheet of rubber from Ace Hardware to make about a 5 or 6 inch disc. I poked a hole through it to run the power cord through and then sealed it to the float, over the large bulb hole, with some silicone sealant. It'll take a bit of work to change bulbs, but it's waterproof (I actually tested it in the rain the other day!) I had plans to snap photos along the way, but I got too excited to finish it. Let me kow if you want some detail photos of the finished product.



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TikiLaLe
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From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2007-07-20 2:06 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-20 03:08, McTiki wrote:
Looks very familiar!


Awesome detail work and no fear of the huricanos in AZ!

That will be a killer hangout.

Mahalo


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Vinman
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-07-20 3:26 pm   Permalink

Wow, nice job on the hut. I really like the patterning you did with the router. I can't wait to see the progress on the faux boulders.
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