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matt-tiki-teo
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Joined: May 04, 2014
Posts: 6
From: Mesa, AZ
Posted: 2014-06-24 07:35 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the comments! I wish I had taken more "before" and "in-progress" pictures now but wasn't sure that it would be worthy of posting in the end. Some of the more time-consuming projects were the bamboo curtain, roof, and wall carving.

The doorway was arched on the top and all the bamboo curtains out there are mounted to a flat frame. Had to buy a curtain, clip off each bamboo string, and re-hang it with an eye hook:


There were a lot of great ideas on here for what to do with the roof. Bamboo Ben had posted some photos of a palm thatch ceiling with bamboo pole cross beams that looked pretty cool so I had to try it. Started by screwing some wood furring strips lengthwise across the room into the ceiling studs at about 2' intervals. The palm thatching was stapled into these. Then torched and attached 1" bamboo poles along the strips with the palm thatching. Torched some 2" bamboo poles and attached them crosswise with a screw at each crossing. Then added some rope "ties" that end up hiding the screws.

The wood carving probably took the most time since I am not experienced with a router:



Standard pine board from the hardware store with patterns sketched on. Major cuts by a fixed-depth router. Fine touches and sanding with a Dremmel. Torched and wire brushed. Then stained and applied two coats of polyurethane. I'll have to say some of the carvers on here make this look a lot easier than it is. My hats off to them!


 
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matt-tiki-teo
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Joined: May 04, 2014
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From: Mesa, AZ
Posted: 9 days ago; 12:01 am   Permalink

Sorry for the radio silence - finally finished work on a special effect in the tiki room! The inspiration came from Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel. The idea is creating an eruption with the tiki statue (hereafter known as Kona Joe), complete with lighting and sound effects.

It begins with a multi-channel DMX control box and LED light strips - bright white and RGB style:


Need a power supply for the DMX controller and LED strips:


Ultra-sonic misters with RED LEDs for Kona Joe:


And a USB to DMX adapter to connect with the PC:


Install DMXControl, throw together an audio track with special effects and here is the result. Sorry for the video quality - this was the best camera I could locate.

http://youtu.be/cRXLJSKosKM


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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 9 days ago; 08:40 am   Permalink

I'd say that router work is pretty darned good, even if you are just starting with it. I chose to do far less complicated patterns in my Kanaloa Lounge, and it was still quite difficult. Mind you, I'm no expert with a router either.

I love the lighting/ lightening effects. That's the sort of thing that truly makes a room memorable. Great work.


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matt-tiki-teo
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Posted: 9 days ago; 8:24 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the feedback! I'm no Disney Imagineer but I'm happy with the results.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 8 days ago; 03:34 am   Permalink

Great curtain and the eruption is wonderful. Keep up the great work!!!

 
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Zinctiki
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Joined: Aug 11, 2010
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Posted: 4 days ago; 1:39 pm   Permalink

Excellent effects! Wonderful, with the advent of the retail LED gizmos this is now possible!
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
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From: NJ
Posted: 3 days ago; 4:44 pm   Permalink

I'm impressed (and still confused) with that elaborate lighting set up. Can't wait to see some pics of it in use. Your construction is very well done.
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