FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums » » Home Tiki Bars » » Mariner Mike's Below Decks
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
Mariner Mike's Below Decks
Mariner Mike
Member

Joined: Jul 24, 2017
Posts: 7
Posted: 2018-08-23 09:35 am   Permalink

Aloha and Ahoy from Philadelphia, Tiki Ohana!

A few years ago I was exploring the burgeoning cocktail movement, on the path of speakeasies and gin. The summer was just beginning and my thoughts began to drift to rum. I'd been unfamiliar with the spirit beyond the white stuff and the spiced one featuring a sea monster, but I had heard the term Tiki Drinks at some point, and I soon found myself with a copy of Beachbum Berry Remixed. One book led to more, a handful of bottles multiplied into a collection. And thus, the siren song pulled me off of that path, through the jungle and to the quiet village of Tiki that hid within.

At the time my dad had a house at the Jersey Shore in which the previous owners had so thoughtfully included a wet bar. There the original Mariner Mike's was born (the name was a creation of a friend and regular).






Sadly, all thing must eventually come to an end, the house had to be sold, and Mariner Mike was left without an island to call his own.


Like all good pirates after a second act setback, Mariner Mike was down but not out. I had recently bought a house in Philadelphia, and, though I was still largely in the process of getting settled, a plan began to emerge to build a new bar in the basement, which for some reason has a back room. The existing space has exposed beams and a low ceiling, which inspired the name Below Decks. Those combined with the stone walls led me to the concept of this being a wrecked ship used as a smuggler's hideaway. It's not as though I can just pop over to OA from the east coast, so I have to make do with a lot of diy touches.

The Before Pictures:





As you can see, the space was pretty rough and I had a bunch of junk stored back there. First step was pulling all that out. Then I discovered that the wall needed some repointing. To go with the Nautical / Tiki Aesthetic we used a terra cotta dye.




Next step was to start construction on the bar itself. To achieve the smuggler effect I wanted to build a bar that looked like shipping crates. I used 4x4s as posts, 2x4s for framing, and pallet wood for the slats on the crate. I also used some of the pallet wood to panel the bare walls in the front. The bar top is a very heavy plywood used for making cutting dies at my day job.











The next step was staining and sealing the bar top.





And now we've reached the "in progress" part of the story. Right now we're in the middle of running electric so I can replace the exposed bulb fixtures with something more suitable to the mood. Either side of the door I'm putting jelly jar sconces I'm going to paint for port/starboard. Above the bar I've put in some spotlight style fixtures so I could direct the light down and not have anything hanging in the way of interacting with people. I got some pendant globe lights I'm going to paint and tie up to look like floats, they're going to go under the ductwork. These are all going to be controlled by antique style (but UL certified) push button switches by the door, and dimmers behind the bar.




Once the electric is done I'll be moving on to plumbing (adding a sink to the bar), moving in furniture from the former bar, and decorating, which I'm looking forward to most of all. The big shelf from the old bar is going to go behind the bar-ish, tables/chairs are going to go under the ductwork or in the rear, reed fencing is going to go over the plumbing, and I'm going to hang thatch over the duct.

Thats all for now but I'll be sure to post updates as it moves towards operation


 
View Profile of Mariner Mike Send a personal message to Mariner Mike      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Hakalugi
Site Administrator

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3450
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2018-08-23 5:30 pm   Permalink

Great first post! This looks like it's going to be amazing. It already looks good!

 
View Profile of Hakalugi Send a personal message to Hakalugi      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Bam Bam
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 13, 2016
Posts: 236
From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-08-23 5:36 pm   Permalink

You are right, talk about a rough starting point! The terracotta is a nice touch. Love the in-progress thus far, can't wait to see how this turns out with all those floats I'm sure you're planning to hang back up in there.

 
View Profile of Bam Bam Send a personal message to Bam Bam      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
littlegiles
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2003
Posts: 730
From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2018-08-24 10:32 am   Permalink

NICE! Really loving the look of this. Taking a dark cave and turning it into a nautical space is genius.

 
View Profile of littlegiles Send a personal message to littlegiles  Email littlegiles     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
coldwarspacemonkey
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 08, 2017
Posts: 56
From: Shipwrecked on the First Coast
Posted: 2018-08-24 11:11 am   Permalink

Awesome start! This is gonna be good.

 
View Profile of coldwarspacemonkey Send a personal message to coldwarspacemonkey  Email coldwarspacemonkey     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Prikli Pear
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 602
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-08-24 2:24 pm   Permalink

Well done thus far! It looks like you've got a great space and the perfect concept to maximize the effect. Can't wait to see further progress!
_________________
~Jayme
_____________________
Lagoon of Mystery
www.JaymeBlaschke.com


 View Profile of Prikli Pear Send a personal message to Prikli Pear  Email Prikli Pear Goto the website of Prikli Pear     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Mariner Mike
Member

Joined: Jul 24, 2017
Posts: 7
Posted: 2018-08-25 03:25 am   Permalink

Thanks for the positive vibes everyone! More wiring is on the agenda today.

 
View Profile of Mariner Mike Send a personal message to Mariner Mike      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Mariner Mike
Member

Joined: Jul 24, 2017
Posts: 7
Posted: 2018-09-12 07:58 am   Permalink

The lighting is finally done! After three weeks of steady progress wiring light fixtures, I finally connected up the dimmer switches and after that was all done I donned my headlight, shut off the breaker, and wired the whole thing to the existing light circuit. When I flipped the breaker back on I was greeted with a blinding dose of... darkness.

Praying I hadn't made some horrible mistake I re-opened the breaker and checked the connection I had just made... where it turned out that one of the wires hadn't actually stayed in the nut. A quick re-tightening and voilą! It's alive! Both circuits working. Thunder crashed in the distance. (Actually. A crazy storm blew in out of nowhere. If you were watching Thursday Night Football it delayed the Eagles a half hour. Obviously I had no idea it was coming or else I wouldn't have had my hands in the wiring)



Meanwhile, in the past, I had started work on painting my light fixtures. Red and green for the port/starboard; blue, purple, and orange for the floats, with a frosted glass coat on top. I learned the hard lesson of patience over the course of them, by the last one I actually managed to mostly avoid it pooling up and dripping, just in time for me to be done. Ain't that just the way. Honestly though even the rough ones have sort of a jetsam feel to them so I'm not too bothered.





I then set to the work of tying up the replica floats. I found some great coconut fiber rope at the blue big box hardware store which really captured the look I was going for. Minor hand cramps aside, it was actually pretty fun to do. I got to put to great effect the first knot I learned back in scouts, and it reminded me of watching my dad string fishing poles. It gave me this great feeling of being a 19th/early 20th century fisherman, without all the backbreaking labor and potential scurvy. Very much the idealized fantasy version, in keeping with the tiki spirit.





Can you tell that the blue one was my first attempt at both painting and knotting? I hauled them all down to the new space and gave them a test.



The blue and green weren't coming across as well as I would have liked, so I added a couple more coats to the green and I broke out a deeper blue paint, which gave me the opportunity to re-knot that one. I also tried some different temperature bulbs in the floats, which made a big difference in the blue and orange, but I might switch the purple back. Ah the weird ways light sources and paints can interact.




I'm still trying to figure out what exactly to do with bulbs for the overhead lights. I didn't realize that they were a weird in-between base size (E17). I tried using a plug adapter to E26 and a small-ish Edison bulb but the filament sticks out a bit too far because of the adapter and so it doesn't quite work.

I really don't want to flood the space with light and I'd very much rather a more amber tone than a white one, so I sort of skipped over the brighter more focused bulbs one often sees in recessed lighting. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Next steps are wiring up outlets for an under-sink pump (looking for recommendations on those as well if anyone has any experience), the bar appliances (you know, blender, mixer, ice crusher), as well as whatever else needs plugged in. Then it's plumbing, and, finally, decorating.

Talk about seeming so tantalizingly close yet far. Cheers everyone!


 
View Profile of Mariner Mike Send a personal message to Mariner Mike      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Prikli Pear
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 602
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-09-13 08:42 am   Permalink

Looking good, Mike!

I've had good experience with Christmas Lights Etc. They've got a wide assortment of LED bulbs in a range of base sizes and color temperatures. That E17 base is essentially a C9 bulb size.

Christmas Lights Etc.

I also just came across Christmas Light Source which is an option as well. I know there's a general dislike of LEDs on here because of the cool light temperature from some bulbs, but I've found the newer amber and other colors available work really well in a tiki setting. The trick is shopping around, because prices can vary wildly. With the lack of heat and low power consumption, I'm a convert.
_________________
~Jayme
_____________________
Lagoon of Mystery
www.JaymeBlaschke.com


 View Profile of Prikli Pear Send a personal message to Prikli Pear  Email Prikli Pear Goto the website of Prikli Pear     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Piddersthecat
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 16, 2017
Posts: 75
Posted: 2018-09-13 08:58 am   Permalink

I love, love, love that space. The rock wall...well rocks! I think what you've been doing so far looks great. Can't wait to see the rest!

 
View Profile of Piddersthecat Send a personal message to Piddersthecat      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
rumackay
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 12, 2012
Posts: 25
From: Qld, Australia
Posted: 2018-09-13 5:11 pm   Permalink

What a great space! This has got "awesome" written all over it. Looking forward to watching it evolve

 
View Profile of rumackay Send a personal message to rumackay      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Bam Bam
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 13, 2016
Posts: 236
From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-09-13 8:19 pm   Permalink

Awesome, more progress pics! That space lends itself so well to low, colored lighting. Great job on the float lamps!

 
View Profile of Bam Bam Send a personal message to Bam Bam      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TabooDan
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 682
From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2018-09-15 10:02 pm   Permalink

Yeh I agree with everyone, this is a great start to a cool space. It's got a lot of features already to help you build off.
Great work on the lights! I'm scared to tie my own so far. I was only in the Beavers not the Scouts so didn't really learn knots. Actually, I didn't learn anything!

Looking forward to more of this build.
Excellent work so far.

Mahalo TabbDan


 
View Profile of TabooDan Send a personal message to TabooDan  Goto the website of TabooDan     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
littlegiles
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2003
Posts: 730
From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2018-09-18 06:03 am   Permalink

Thanks for the update and great job on those lights! Looking forward to more.

 
View Profile of littlegiles Send a personal message to littlegiles  Email littlegiles     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
EnchantedTikiGoth
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 31, 2003
Posts: 327
From: Calgary, Canada
Posted: 2018-09-18 07:49 am   Permalink

Wow! That's an amazing space with huge potential! I look forward to seeing how it comes together!

 
View Profile of EnchantedTikiGoth Send a personal message to EnchantedTikiGoth  Goto the website of EnchantedTikiGoth     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2018 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation