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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-04 10:31 pm   Permalink

I've been a long time lurker here, but as I'm starting to work on something a little more ambitious than tossing some tiki mugs on a shelf, JenTiki prodded me to post here, so you can tell me everything I'm about to do wrong.

We rented this house in Seattle about two-and-a-half-years ago, and there's a little nook just outside of the basement room that I turned into my screening room (a.k.a. home theater). I put a few wall-mounted shelves, a bar cart, and some faerie lights in there, and pretty much called it a day. The landlords kinda half-assed-finished the basement, which means a lot of drywall quickly thrown up in what used to be a garage space, willy-nilly-low ceilings, and exposed ducts making the already-low ceilings even lower. That weird curved surface that the faerie lights are zip-tied to? HVAC duct.



It's a cramped little space, as you can see from the floor plan I drew up, but I think I can move the refrigerator over by the stairs and open it up a bit.



Aside from opening it up and getting some more shelves in there for my glassware, I plan to paint and finish the space with some reed and bamboo wall covering (the landlords are really cool about us customizing the space), and the best part:

I'm going to make a volcano.

Just a little one, but somewhat inspired by Trader Sam's and the Mirage, a light-and-smoke show is in the works, all controlled by a Raspberry Pi.

The lighting is mostly hooked up, and the relay to control the smoke machine works, so I hope to make good progress on the animation for the show this weekend, and report back with something to show. In the meantime, if you want some nitty-gritty about the LEDs and Python programming, there's some under
the "tiki nook" tag on my blog.

In the meantime, I'll keep reading about the amazing builds here, and try to plan what to do with my little tiny space.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-03-06 5:49 pm   Permalink

Sounds like you have a lot of great ideas. Nice start, keep us posted.

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2016-03-06 6:23 pm   Permalink

Very cool!

Here's something you'll want to check out if you haven't already. It's an Arduino Uno based Tiki project synching lights to music along with occasional thunder and lightening as well as a "volcano".

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=48850&forum=1

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bobtiki
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From: Seattle
Posted: 2016-03-06 8:53 pm   Permalink

Well, the weekend got a little away from me (had a good time with friends at the North Shore Lagoon in Bothell, WA), but I still made some good progress — just not much visual enough to show here. I spent most of my time fighting with code for OpenCV and FFmpeg, which will help me read the video animation and translate it to LED control. I'm sure I'll get it sorted in the next couple of evenings.

Wednesday, the reed and bamboo should be dumped in my driveway, and I'll get to start the wall coverings. At least I did move the refrigerator, so the space feels better already.

Hiltiki, thanks for the encouragement!

Hakalugi, Thanks so much for the link to Tiki Toli's shelf thread. That's very much in line with what I'm planning here, and the details on his blog may be very useful.

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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-10 11:11 pm   Permalink

I finally came to my senses, and thought — since I'm spending all this time to get the lighting just right, shouldn't I really be getting the walls and the decor around the nook right first, so I can see how the light plays off of them?

There's only so much I can do with these stupid ducts, or the lumpiest concrete floor that was ever poured (since we're renting), but this nice base coat of brown (Behr "Coffee Beans" in eggshell) is going to be the base layer for all of the other wall coverings and trim to go on top of. Good thing I did this now, too, because this brown really sucks up the light.

I also started listening to The Quiet Village Podcast from the very beginning, to mark my work hours. Last night, episodes 1 though 6 got me through cleaning to the first coat of paint on the walls. Tonight, episodes 7–11 got me through the second coat, and painting the trim (Behr "Chocolate Therapy" in semi-gloss).

It feels worlds better than with those ugly white walls in here already. Thanks for the work music, Digitiki!

Before:


During:


After:

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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-10 11:20 pm   Permalink

I should mention: The reed fencing and bamboo did arrive, so it's going to be a busy weekend.
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JenTiki
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Posted: 2016-03-11 07:30 am   Permalink

I'm so happy you're posting your project here! I look forward to watching the progress. It already looks better without the white walls!

 
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JenTiki
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Posted: 2016-03-11 08:55 am   Permalink

Dammit!! Hakalugi's post above sent me down a rabbit hole and suddenly I'm researching how to project a rain effect onto my bar shelves!

 
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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-11 09:09 am   Permalink

Hah! Me too, Jen. I'm wondering if there shouldn't be a second scene in a porthole added to this big paneled wooden door I have down here.
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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-11 11:11 pm   Permalink

REEEED!



OMG, this reed fencing smells so good. Just smell it.


SNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIFFF.

Holy cats, I want some cologne made of that scent.

The fencing I got was 6ft tall, and thanks to the HVAC ducts, the ceilings in this area range from 6' 3" to 7' 3", so what I did is cut a 2' tall strip of fencing to go around the baseboards. The Quiet Village Podcast episode 12 to halfway through ep. 15 got me that far.



Next up is another layer of reed above, trimmed to fit the weird ceiling, and some half-bamboo trim, some of which will hide that seam.
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MaukaHale
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2016-03-12 7:47 pm   Permalink

I can't wait to see what you do next.

 
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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-12 10:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks, MaukaHale! I can't either — I’m makin’ this up as I go along!

Okay, a good Saturday full of sawdust and The Quiet Village Podcast episodes 16–23½. I’d love to keep going, but I think my neighbor would complain if I run the chop saw after 10pm. Well, no, he probably wouldn't complain, but I would get a similar greeting at 6am.



ANYWAY, Got the rest of the reed up, and started in on the bamboo trim. Here’s a close-up of the corner that wraps around the bathroom. Eventually there will be three rows of bamboo, like this, all the way around.



Here's a look at the Nook proper. Man, I gotta get a wider lens just to take pictures of this space!



More bamboo tomorrow, and hopefully starting on the router-carved trim. Now, to make a Mai-Tai to toast my friends down in San Francisco.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-03-12 10:26 pm   Permalink

This is coming along so nicely, its fun to see your progress pictures.

 
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whoseyrtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-13 11:31 am   Permalink

The bamboo trim looks great! Especially how you have it wrapping on your corners

 
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bobtiki
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Posted: 2016-03-13 9:25 pm   Permalink

hiltiki and whoseyrtiki: Thanks! The corners are definitely not perfect, but they're working pretty well. I think I may do a bit of faux rope lashing around the corners to make them come together a little better. I'll have to experiment.

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

No monster trucks, but a lot of work got done, and The Quiet Village Podcast episodes 24–33 were played. All of the bamboo is now in:



And here's the cart back in the nook. It's probably not going to get replaced anytime soon, but I'm thinking maybe some reed cut to fill those inset panels might tie things together a little better.



Since I didn't have much time left — nor the router bit that I needed for the “carved” trim — I decided to work on the shelves instead. These are just 3-foot-long cuts from a regular pine 2×8. I cut a wavy front face and rounded the edges with a ½" round-over bit with the router. In this photo they've just had the stain (Varathane Kona) wiped off, but after that dries, it'll be a couple of coats of spar urethane. I've never urethane'd anything before! I hope this works!

The shelves will be mounted in the space to the right of the cart. There will be six shelves total, three on each side (at right angles), butting up against the bottom of each row of bamboo. I started with just two shelves, to see if I was doing it right, and see how they turned out, but if this initial color is any indication, I think the Kona stain color is going to work out great. In fact, I might use this for the trim instead of trying to burn it, since my propane torch has been feeling a bit anemic lately.



And the first artifact on the wall — it isn't very tiki, but I had to test out the mounting corks! Since it's right outside the screening room, there's a little movie bleed into the tiki space, and a lot of tiki bleed into the movie space — Shag's “Raft of the Medusa” is right inside the door.



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