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Lagoon of Mystery
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2017-12-09 06:36 am   Permalink

Your thread is whats so unique about Tiki Central's' "Home Tiki Bar" section. Everyone gets to benefit watching the process you go through to create what you like. FYI, you can also cut the bamboo board with a heavy pair of scissors.

Looking forward to see what you make next.


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~ Adam Troy

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Posted: 22 days ago; 09:50 am   Permalink

Of course I started on the last page but ended up looking at every page. Fun ideas and done so well. This upcoming summer you'll be ready for a party or your own tiki crawl. Wendy

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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 305
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 17 days ago; 8:24 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words, MaukaHale! I learned so much my reading everyone else's bar-build threads that I thought it only fitting to share my trial-and-error flailings as well. If someone can take inspiration from what I cobble together--of better yet, avoid some of my missteps--then I'll be happy.

Always a pleasure to have you comment on my thread, Wendy! If it's any consolation, more than once I've checked in on your thread and found myself going down the rabbit hole of previous postings--but this thread is only up to 7 pages, whereas YOURS is at 595!

A brief, tangential update for Christmas. The Wife's favorite movie is "Joe vs. the Volcano," so after reading Absolute60's
Hula Lamp thread earlier this year, I knew I would have to make one for her. Here's the result:

Rather than cannibalize an existing lamp, I made the base out of scrap oak from my porthole project (the oak worked a lot better as a lamp base than as a porhole) and a lamp kit from Lowe's. I had an interesting length of bamboo that would work as the vertical body of the lamp. That was all pretty straightforward. I routered out a cavity for a music box movement that plays "Lovely Hula Hands."

The shade was a royal pain. I reworked the artwork for the shade, originally done by a poster going by the handle of Jintosh on the RPF boards. Then the shade I ordered from Zazzle turned out to be the uno type, rather than the harp-and-filial type fitting that my lamp kit was designed for. Very disappointed by Zazzle's lack of responsiveness on this, and lack of clarity on the lamp shade page. Nevertheless, I managed to cobble together an adapter, then added manila rope trim to the top and raffia skirting to the bottom.

More photos (and detail) than you could possibly want may be found on my blog writeup.

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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 16 days ago; 6:18 pm   Permalink

One project forced upon me recently was building a new gate for our dog kennel. The original fencing and gate were put up hastily 3 years ago and never meant to be permanent. Recently, one of our beagles has become a Houdini (Houndini?) of sorts and escapes over the gate. So I built a 5' bamboo gate to confound his efforts and blend with out future plans for the area on the other side of the pool. I harvested, cut and torched all the bamboo by hand, because rolls of 6' bamboo fencing runs $90 and it's not like I'm made of money. The frame was built using a hinge/frame kit from Lowes and scrap 2x4s I had in the garage, coated with weather sealant.

Because of the urgency of the build, the bamboo didn't dry as long as it normally should have, so I expect shrinkage and cracking. To aid its longevity, I filled the cavities along the top and bottom with "Good Stuff" foam. Once it finished expanding (it expands a LOT) and cured, I trimmed it back and capped the ends with outdoor wood putty. Once that cured, and I sanded it down, I finished sealing the ends with a coat of spar urethane. At least now the bamboo won't pool water and rot from the inside out.

And this is the gate in place. Post holes, steel posts and concrete not photographed, but I assure you it was a pain, as was ripping out the decorative rusting steel garden arbor the previous owners had placed there. Yuck. The gate's currently secured with a simple chain and hook, but that'll be upgraded as I install the permanent bamboo fencing at some point--hopefully this spring?

Alas, my efforts haven't been completely successful. Houndini has escaped twice, but those have been traced back to my failing to secure the fence to gate posts properly, rather than any fault with the gate itself. Time will tell.

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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 16 days ago; 7:50 pm   Permalink

Next up is a project I began back in the spring--a rum shelf for the back bar. I built the frame from scrap wood handy, but I wanted it clad with bamboo segments. That meant harvesting, burning, cutting and drying all the bamboo. That proved somewhat time-consuming. But, with the holiday break upon me, I had time to finish the project. I marked a reference line on the shelf frame, and a matching line on the bamboo segments. I drilled holes in the bamboo and matching holes in the plywood of the frame. I threaded 22 gauge jewelry wire through the holes in the bamboo, which involved a bit of trial-and-error before I got the knack of it.

I then threaded the wires through the corresponding holes in the plywood frame. Simply tying them didn't give enough stability, so I cut a wooden dowel to length and inserted this before tying. This made the tie much tighter (although 22 gauge wire was still too thin to tie very tight lest it snap.

If you're thinking this looks like too much work, you'd be correct. Once I got all the bamboo tied on, I ran a bead of Titebond II glue where the bamboo met the wood, just of a little added stability. It won't take any kind of stress, but stabilized the whole setup a bit. For the open ends of the bamboo segments, I repeated the process I used on the bamboo gate above--fill the cavities with Good Stuff foam, trim the excess and fill with wood putty, finishing up with a spar urethane seal.

I attached the shelf to the back bar using a couple of galvanized mending plates. Simple and effective. See those routered grooves in the cross-supports? My initial intent was to run LED lighting through there, so as to illuminate the bottles from below, through a translucent plexiglass shelf, not entirely dissimilar to what
ProgrockTV has done with his home bar. Alas, the appropriate plexiglass is not cheap and not lying around my garage in sufficient scrap quantities to make this happen at the moment. Rather than wait until I had sufficient surplus funds, I cut out a piece of the same laminate flooring I've used for the bar top to serve as the shelf. It actually looks pretty good, blending in with the existing bar for now.

Once everything was back in place, I gave it a test drive, so to speak, with a variety of liquors and liqueurs handy. I think it turned out pretty well. Now, all that remains to do is install the sink and faucet (and plumbing, duh) and the back bar will be completed. I look back at the first page of this thread and amazed at how far I've come in less than a year. Crazy!

As always, I have a more detailed writeup posted on my blog for those who just can't get enough build-along!

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From: NJ
Posted: 9 days ago; 12:21 pm   Permalink

Looking good! I love the details for your projects. They will be helpful for those trying something similar.

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