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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-08-27 12:16 pm   Permalink

I want to build an outside tiki bar. It will likely be covered, but I would prefer to make it durable to hold up to the elements...which here in Michigan includes freezing temps in addition to uv, heat, and wet weather.

So if you have any ideas and/or a photo to two to share, I'd appreciate it.

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Monkeyman
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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2368
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2012-08-27 2:15 pm   Permalink

Slate or traverine Tile.

Get the kind with the mesh backing that holds all the little peices together.

Has a rustic look and should last a lifetime.



 
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2012-08-27 2:50 pm   Permalink

Glass mosaic from the BOT.

 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Joined: Aug 20, 2007
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From: Indiana
Posted: 2012-08-27 6:42 pm   Permalink

Concrete with embossed designs such as palm leaves, tiki shapes, or tapa cloth shapes.


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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2012-08-28 03:41 am   Permalink

Here's how we tackled ours....

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14117&forum=20&start=75

Mahalo

McTiki


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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-08-28 04:31 am   Permalink

Some great work there McTiki! Love the look. Do the fish and shells stick up above the other pieces? Does that create a problem with tipping over drinks? I need to make the bar drunk proof lol.

@Bongo Bungalow sounds cool too. Got any photos? What's the best way to make something like that?



 
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Rikitiki
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Joined: Apr 04, 2007
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From: Southcentral PA
Posted: 2012-08-28 11:50 am   Permalink

Here is what I did . 2x6 pine, edged with 1x4 pine, edge glued and biscuit joined, then stained and finished w/ 3 coats of gloss Minwax spar urethane . It is covered but, not impervious to rain . I am in less than tropical PA ...







Palapa table, similar process but, no stain and the boards are separate ...



 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-08-28 12:28 pm   Permalink

Nice bar you have there. I like the lights too...what are you using under the bar for lights?

 
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Rikitiki
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From: Southcentral PA
Posted: 2012-08-28 12:56 pm   Permalink

Rope lights ...

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2012-08-28 5:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-08-28 04:31, jimsflies wrote:
Some great work there McTiki! Love the look. Do the fish and shells stick up above the other pieces? Does that create a problem with tipping over drinks? I need to make the bar drunk proof lol.

@Bongo Bungalow sounds cool too. Got any photos? What's the best way to make something like that?





No....all of the fish and other creatures protrude a little bit....drinks go on the 2x12 marine wood wrap. Sobriety? Lol ....I have a reputation to uphold.... Thanks for the look...... and nice words.

McTiki


 
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Rikitiki
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From: Southcentral PA
Posted: 2012-08-29 12:52 pm   Permalink

McTiki, I always loved that mosaic bar top of yours and your bar in general ...

 
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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-08-29 1:10 pm   Permalink

I've got a lead on a pre-fab bar for a reasonable price in great shape...just not sure if it fits my tiki thinking. It does match other outdoor wicker furniture I have. And I suppose a few tikis could be hung on the front to give it some tiki-ness.

Any thoughts? Go with something like this or hold out and build something?





As for building something...I have been looking at concrete countertops with embedded fiber optics.

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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2012-08-29 5:45 pm   Permalink

Permanancy is a built.....toe in da water is prefab.....

You can do this..... look around bro....


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qh tiki
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Joined: Jul 27, 2011
Posts: 30
From: Delaware
Posted: 2012-08-30 10:58 am   Permalink

Check out my post; QH Tiki Deck... I used 5 colors of composite decking, cut to shape in layed in like a puzzle. Raised rattan along edges holds all pieces tight.

 
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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-08-30 11:12 am   Permalink

Yeah that looks pretty cool. Great idea!

So are the pieces just sandwiched in there or are they glued or fastened? I assume there is a solid board under them?


 
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