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dtel
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-09 11:00 pm   Permalink

New here and have been reading a lot, it's addicting looking at all the great looking builds and reading the stories.

I have to admit we started a hut before I found this site. It was going to be a Tiki Bar but like most people I really didn't know what that really means, still not sure. The more I read the more I learn, so it will be a build and learn as I go thing, so for now I will just call it a Hut as not to offend.

It started as a project to redo our front garden/landscaping, we live in the country so the front yard is fine, hidden from the road (to the right 100' away in pic) by 2 rows of large Azalea's. There was a pond with waterlillies and Koi surrounded by gardens when we decided to make a change. After about 15 years of that we wanted something different so we went with the hut idea, we like doing this kind of stuff, my wife and I did landscaping as a living and still enjoy it.

It's all still rough, just getting started but happy so far (I love building things). The frame of the hut is up and I started the bar and have some landscaping in, we have a long long way to go.

This is the only pic I have so far, it's just some temporary white Christmas lights hung for when we sit out there at night. The hut is 16' wide and 24' long, we live in the South and need the shade in the summer for sure.




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Longboard
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Joined: Sep 25, 2012
Posts: 140
From: Twain Harte, CA
Posted: 2013-09-10 08:15 am   Permalink

Where are you located?

-Longboard


 
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dtel
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-10 09:45 am   Permalink

Sorry about that, South Mississippi, one hour North of New Orleans.
Thought I filled that in, after looking back I see what I did wrong I didn't add the password, fixed thanks.

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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 7308
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-09-10 10:30 am   Permalink

Welcome to Tiki Central dtel. Lots of potential there, lots of space to fill. Have fun!!!
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AdOrAdam
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 419
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-09-10 1:20 pm   Permalink

Big tiki space = jealous! My kitchen doesn't compare...

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5724
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-09-11 8:04 pm   Permalink

I agree...you are lucky to have that much space...the sky is the limit!!! Welcome to Tiki Central and best of luck with your "hut". Once you get started it will be addictive.
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dtel
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Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-12 6:25 pm   Permalink

It is a lot of space, it's going to take me a long time to get it right.

This is how the bar is coming along, the back bar still needs to go in, Bamboo on the front then a lot of sanding before the finish.





 
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dtel
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Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-12 6:35 pm   Permalink

The top is 2x12's cut smaller in the back to make the curve, that was a headache figuring out the angle, they are screwed in from the bottom. the back shelf on the bar will be made the same way. It's over 16' around the long side(where you sit)should seat 7-8 people ?

I really like the way wood looks burned so that's what I think I want to do then some Spar Varnish.



 
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dtel
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Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-12 6:45 pm   Permalink

Just to give you an idea how it's laid out, the burning wood idea was straight from the TC forum, never heard of it before so I wet crazy and burned every inch of the hut and everything you can see from inside the back of the bar.

After looking at home huts I am thinking about some fish netting for the ceiling to hide it a little, I have a bunch of old trawl netting. The problem is it's a greenish bluish color, should I try to change it or leave it that color, or skip the nets altogether ? The light are temporary, maby some colored lights ?

I have a looong way to go !



 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3109
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2013-09-12 7:08 pm   Permalink

It is always fun to see progress pictures. Keep us posted.

 
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rumackay
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Joined: Jan 12, 2012
Posts: 10
From: Qld, Australia
Posted: 2013-09-12 10:21 pm   Permalink

Love the shape of the bar. If I hadn't already built mine I'd seriously consider "borrowing" that design A+

 
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Tipsy Yeti
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Joined: Aug 23, 2013
Posts: 29
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2013-09-14 3:07 pm   Permalink

You're off to a great start, can't wait to see more!

 
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TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 820
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-09-15 3:04 pm   Permalink

Looks awesome- I'm working on preliminary design for my home bar, love the circular design- will be a beefy bar top w/ the 2x12s. Dig the idea of using the varying cut pieces to make the arc, should look killer when finished. Can't wait to see what you're going to do next.... thanks for posting!

 
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Trader Gino
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Joined: Aug 10, 2012
Posts: 70
From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-09-16 8:29 pm   Permalink

Seeing the progress is going to be awesome - I can't wait! Great job so far.

 
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dtel
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 06, 2013
Posts: 117
From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2013-09-16 9:35 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone, about all I have been doing is sanding, and I hate sanding but almost done.

I wanted to use marine spar varnish for the top, what are some of the brands people here have used ?

It's in the shade except for early morning and late evening and could get some rain if the wind was really blowing. Thinking about Z SPAR
1015 Captain's Varnish, but not finished looking ?

Thanks


 
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