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Home bar in a surf shop...Now open
kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
Posts: 318
From: San Juan Capistrano, Ca
Posted: 2018-02-15 4:17 pm   Permalink

I figured after almost 8 years, it was time to check back in with Tiki Central. Since then, a few home bars have been built and demolished, thousands of miles have been traveled in pursuit of far-off tiki bars, many successful luau's have been had, thousands of cocktails have been consumed, and dozens of friends have been turned onto the life of sophisticated savagery.

Now that that's out of the way, here I go.

A few weeks back, my boss had expressed his interest in having me build a tiki bar in one of our retail stores that was undergoing a remodel. Basically something for people to look at and take pictures of. He had seen a small bar I had built in our warehouse with some stuff that I had had laying around (literally. After tearing the bar out of my apartment years ago, all of my stuff had been sitting in a back room at my house.) Of course I bit at the chance. Between planning, prep, searching all of the antique stores I could find, letgo/offerup/craigslist, and a few trips to Oceanic Arts, I have 15 days in (excluding Sundays) from start to finish.

Since I'm short on time, I figure I'll post a photo of the little temporary bar that was built in the hallway of our warehouse that inspired it all, and a couple before shots of the open space that the bar now resides in.



I wish I had uploaded some better photos earlier, but here's the bar that was built to store some of my stuff at work. It's about as basic as it gets as far as a good tiki bar goes, but that's for a purpose. Almost all of the stuff in it has to come down for a big luau that a group of friends and I throw each year (plus a ton of other pieces that are still stored at my house.) I think I may throw some palm panels up on the ceiling to cover the awful acoustic tiles, and accent the trim with some bamboo, but for the most part, I don't plan on spending too much more time on it.






And here's the space I had to work with. It's a back corner of an expanded building that we were remodeling. It's 11' wide by 6' deep by 14' tall. Not exactly the dream space I would have imagined, but beggars can't be choosers.

I'll get some progress shots going in the next couple of days.






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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2018-02-15 4:21 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2018-02-15 4:40 pm   Permalink

SOunds like a fun project!

 
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howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2018-02-15 5:23 pm   Permalink

Your boss lets you build a bar at work.....sounds like my dream job!

Taking applications?

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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2018-02-15 5:37 pm   Permalink

OJT


 
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-02-15 8:24 pm   Permalink

Very cool. Sounds like a lot fo fun! Thanks for coming back to share this with us!

 
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kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
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From: San Juan Capistrano, Ca
Posted: 2018-02-16 07:54 am   Permalink

I found a few more photos of the bar in the warehouse at various stages. Nothing too spectacular, but you'll get the idea.






And here's the start of the actual bar. I wanted to go with kind of a nautical theme on this one. The top and base of the bar are made of glued up pine boards, burned, brushed and varnished, and the center structure is just a nice finish plywood that I stained and varnished. I wanted to make the bar able to be free floating if needed, so it's actually more of a double sided bookshelf. That way we're able to showcase items/merchandise things that we've got for sale. The front posts are the standard railing posts from Oceanic Arts, and the back are 4x4's that I wrapped with about 500' of line and then shellac'd the hell out of.





You can kind of see how warped the top got after burning and brushing. it came back to really bite me in the ass after I was trying to assemble everything squarely.


I did a rope wrap on the edge of the bar so I could put some pictures and matchbooks on it and pour a bar top resin. After about 2 gallons of resin and four separate pours over 3 days, I still had two matchbooks that had a couple match heads popping out. I figure it adds to the charm... At least that's what I tell people.

Almost all of the photos on the bar are copies of actual pictures that one of the founders of our company took on a world trip in the late 1950's. He went from Hawaii to Tahiti, hopped a boat to Norway then went through Europe down to Africa and hitchhiked from Morocco to South Africa. It's actually the trip that inspired Bruce brown to make the Endless Summer. Obviously some pretty legendary photos and stories involved.


I realized I don't have any finished photos of the actual bar, so we'll have to wait for the final reveal in situ.




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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-02-16 8:08 pm   Permalink

That's looking mighty fine. The OA tiki posts on the front are cool, and the rope/photos/epoxy bartop turned out really nice. If it's any consolation, the matches look fine to me!
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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2018-02-17 09:12 am   Permalink

Hey Kahalakruzer, welcome back!!
The Bar at work is awesome. Looks really good! Great idea to add the pics on the top of the trip that spawned it all. Really ties the business together with the story and history. I'm sure your boss, and co-workers, are happy.

Mahalo
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2018-02-18 6:55 pm   Permalink

That is a great little space to work in and what a cool boss!!! I love the storage room photos. Looking forward to your progress photos.
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kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
Posts: 318
From: San Juan Capistrano, Ca
Posted: 2018-02-19 09:37 am   Permalink

So I figured I'll try and post all of the prep shots before I post the actual installation of the bar. Spent most of the 15 days building lamps and accessories and cutting trim. I am horrible at stopping while working to document anything, so bear with me on this one. I find myself taking a progress shot and then realize later that I never took a picture of the finished product.

I tried my hand at carving a little PNG inspired board from a redwood scrap that I had laying around.


Here's a little swizzle stick shadow box from the collection.




A few classic hanging lamps I made.





The outrigger lamp. I acquired a huge piece of Tongan tapa cloth from my boss that he had laying around in his garage. The end pieces that don't have much detail ended up being enough to make all of the lamps I had in mind.


I made a little rum crate with some of the scrap wood and slung it up with a killer matched set of block and tackle that I found at an antique store for a great price.






Sconces. The carved piece didn't end up making it into the bar, but the second version I made did. That's the clam shell on the shipwrecked looking wood that says Hobie.


Laying out the trim design. Free handed this Maori inspired design ( I think I saw something like it at OA at some point) and then ran a router to it. That was a full day work, so I enlisted some help to burn and brush everything before paint and varnish.


The finished product. All 160 feet of it.

I really dug this panel from 'The Art of Tiki'. It came out of a Trader Vic's. I had a 1'x12' that I found in a dumpster that would fit perfectly over the concrete outcropping in the middle of the room.


Here it is finished. Basically cut the faces in half and alternated them down the board. Free handing them only took a few minutes. That's one of the things I love about tiki stuff. You can get reeeeeal loose on the drawing part of it. I routed it, painted the recessed areas brown, sanded the sloppiness out of it, and then painted the rest with an acrylic paint and did a little brown wash over it to age it. I loved how much of a statement this thing made with only a few hours of work.

I found this canoe prow at an antique store and immediately knew I wanted to make an A-frame with it. Not sure of it's age or origin, but it reminded me of a PNG piece from one of my old primitive art books.


The unstained boards at the bottom were just used to stabilize the piece for transportation. I ended up having the angle all wrong when I went to install, so the whole piece ended up being cut down a bit to clear one of the trusses on the ceiling.

If you couldn't tell by the amount of pictures with our company logo in the background, I'll make it even easier for you. Here's a Witco World Map inspired piece that was poached from our warehouse and ended up being used in the shop.












 
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-02-19 1:26 pm   Permalink

Holy moly! You don't go in for half-measures, do you? Those pieces look amazing and you haven't even put the damn thing together yet! I have to admit to a small degree of envy--what takes you a few a few hours to complete would take me a few days, at best!

Seriously, fantastic work on the lamps, the decor, the carvings, all of it!


 
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CosmoReverb
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Joined: Sep 19, 2016
Posts: 83
From: Southern California
Posted: 2018-02-19 1:54 pm   Permalink

Wow, hella cool!!

Love how much work you are putting into getting all those personal touches in.

Definitely can't wait to see the final result.


 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2018-02-19 7:05 pm   Permalink

Dang
Someone had a Red Bull or 40
Strong work bruddah
Looking forward to more pics
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kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
Posts: 318
From: San Juan Capistrano, Ca
Posted: 2018-02-20 07:24 am   Permalink

Thanks guys for all of the compliments. This whole project couldn't have been done without the wealth of knowledge everyone's freely bestowed for all of these years on Tiki Central.

So, finally came the day where I was actually able to start installing the bar. I had 3 days to get it done before the store opening, and when I showed up, there was still half a wall of wood missing. Needless to say, the construction crew helped out by furring out some plywood on the back wall so I had a giant mounting surface instead of trying to get everything attached to the concrete. With the amount of stuff going up on the back wall, that turned out to be one of my best ideas yet. Sometimes, even the sun shines on a dog's ass I guess.



So here was the bare canvas. All that ply was mounted 3/4" off of the wall to give the screws some leeway once they went through the 3/4" plywood.




After a long day of cutting and pushing stuff around to accommodate the rest of the construction going on in the store, I finally got all of the matting on the walls.



Here are a few detail shots at the end of day one. I looked down and realized it was 10:00 at night and I was still running an air compressor and nailing up bamboo and trim. The city of Laguna Beach can get a little huffy over stuff like that, so I decided to call it a night.


 
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