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Backyard Tiki Hut - Deck finished! Pg. 3
ualpow
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-07-20 6:15 pm   Permalink

That is awesome use of that corner. Your attention to detail is what really sets this "hut" apart,it looks very authentic. You have inspired me get moving on the rope and carvings to the posts on my own "hut".

 
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TikiPhil
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-07-25 2:06 pm   Permalink

Great Job! Keep the pictures coming. I'm really interested in how your faux boulders turn out.

 
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TikiMike
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Joined: Dec 07, 2005
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-07-25 6:48 pm   Permalink

I've made some progress on the fake boulders. Let me know if you have any questions on the process!

I started by covering the piles of old bricks & rubble with concrete


Next, I covered the surface with a mortar mix (I used Quikrete "Pro Finish"). This is where I shaped the boulder using a scredriver for cracks. I also pushed real rocks into the surface to create ridges and textures. I sprinked off white and charcoal color hardener to create a speckled effect.


Next, I rubbed on an off white color-hardener mixed with water. I just loosely rubbed the surface with my hand to hit the high points.


Now the same process with a terra cotta color


Now a tan color


Next, I used a liquid color tint mixed with water to create a color wash. This color is "buff", basically a red/orange. I just splatterd it on with a paintbrush.


Next was the same liquid wash process using a charcoal color. I did this in several applications to keep them from getting too dark too fast. This step knocks down some of the color and accentuates the cracks and textures.


Finally, I used a "natural look" (no gloss) acrylic sealer on all of the boulders. Now I need to get some plants in there!



 
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frostiki
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From: Mobile, AL
Posted: 2007-07-26 06:43 am   Permalink

Wow, that's a lott of steps. The boulders look great. Oh yeah that othere thing turned out ok to. I guess if your into cool places to hang out and enjoy a Mai Tai.
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Vinman
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Joined: Jul 07, 2007
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-07-29 11:01 am   Permalink

Great job on the rocks, the texture, paint and weathering look awesome. My wife and I took a class here in Riverside that covered some of the same techniques and I hope to employ them around our pool soon. What kind of router did you use to do the patterns on the hut posts? Keep the pics coming, you are doing a fantastic job.
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Rum Hunter
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Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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From: Gold River, CA
Posted: 2007-07-29 1:10 pm   Permalink

TikiMike, Looks great! Give us an update when you make more progress.

 
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Tiki-Atari
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Joined: Aug 06, 2007
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From: Atlanta
Posted: 2007-08-06 7:29 pm   Permalink

Gorgeous!
Do you have more pics of how it continued to evolve?



 
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Howland
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Posted: 2007-08-07 7:20 pm   Permalink

Nice going! Looks vaguely familiar.


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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-08-08 08:53 am   Permalink

Haha... yes, thanks for the idea surf-n-turf! This pattern turned out great on your project, so I had to give it a try!

 
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Tiki Zen
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Joined: Mar 15, 2007
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From: Too far from the beach Bowling Green, KY
Posted: 2007-08-08 2:11 pm   Permalink

I'm about to start building my bar, so hurry up and post some photos of yours - I need inspiration.

 
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cheeky half
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-08-08 2:42 pm   Permalink

We're definitely getting thirstier......

 
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EdsGoneTiki
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Joined: May 03, 2006
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From: Tucson, Arizona
Posted: 2007-08-11 10:28 pm   Permalink

Fantastic job on the Hut! It looks very well built, love the routered posts!
And as a fellow Tucsonan, would love to help you christen it too!

I've been planning a hut of my own (don't we all!) and although it will have four posts,
you've given me some great ideas and inspired me to get moving on it. Thanks!!
And once you get your waterfall built--and pond I assume--I could help you out with some plants from mine!
Aloha, Ed!




 
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diesel tiki
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Joined: Dec 17, 2003
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From: sultry south arlington,tx
Posted: 2007-08-19 09:53 am   Permalink

Did you burn the carvings or did the definition come from the stain itself? It looks awesome and I want to try it!

 
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TikiMike
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-08-20 10:22 am   Permalink

I actually just used a router with a V-groove bit. The stain was darker in the grooves which helped give some definition. Also I used a satin varnish, so the reflected light from the edges really helps define the patterns.

Update: I finished all of the electrical wiring for the lights, so I'll be posting some night photos pretty soon. Also, work has begun on the waterfall for the back corner. I'm snapping progress photos and should be posting some this week. We've been having wet weather and I've had a multitude of house guests recently, so progress has been kind of slow lately.

Thanks for the feedback everyone!


 
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harro
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From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2007-08-21 4:46 pm   Permalink

Brilliant use of the space, and great how-to posts. Can't wait to see how its looking.

I'll be coming back to this thread if and when I ever get to build my own dream bar.

Keep the progress posts coming!!


 
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