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06-02-2018 10:38 PM

Building a hybrid kitchen cabinet / tiki bar outside; currently, it’s a plywood cabinet, and the outside perimeter will be that pre-fab rock stuff you get at lowes/HD, the top will be a bunch of spare tile I have, and then the two hard parts:

1) I figured I’d just cover up the plywood interior and build shelves out of Redwood. Well, it ended up being 50$ just for enough redwood to cover a 4×2 space; it was sold in linear feet. I had no idea Redwood was so expensive. (redwood construction dimensions at home depot doesn’t seem bad) Teak is even worse—but those are the only two woods I’ve ever heard of for building outdoor furniture. Any suggestions?

2) I need to build a frame to attach the thatch to; what kind of wood should that be? Finally, I need two thick round posts to support the thatch roof. I assume such posts would be pine, and I did find a website that sold round pine fence posts but I imagine shipping costs for just two posts will be pretty high. I had a thought of buying two redwood 4×4s and somehow making them round. Well, curious what others would do/ have done for round posts.


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#1 posted 06-02-2018 11:40 PM

what part of the country are you in ??
my HD & Lowe’s carry 4”&6”x8’ P/T round posts.
if you are going to use palm or palmetto fronds for the roof,
keep in mind that they collect and absorb water and hold moisture
and attract all kinds of bugs and creepy-crawlers.
the moisture from the thatch can quickly cause rot in regular untreated wood.
strongly suggest pressure treated wood for the roof frame.
you need to expand a little more on the plywood items you are building.
drawings, sketches or photos will get you the best feedback.

for my gazebo, I used 6” round pressure treated fence posts for supports
which covered a 14 ft. picnic table made completely out of P/T construction lumber.
sprayed the whole thing with cheap latex redwood stain with a pump up garden sprayer.
but then again, I am just a poor country boy that does not worry about aesthetics.

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#2 posted 06-02-2018 11:59 PM

Don’t know a thing about it.

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/basement/how-to-build-a-tiki-bar

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#3 posted 06-03-2018 12:10 AM

I’ve lived in both Las Vegas and San Diego in the last few years and I would have no idea where to get a 6” pressure treated fence post (local) that is round. Any suggestions?

I’ve used redwood fence stain before on a fence, and I think it looks great. It would be a matter of finding / dimensioning construction wood. I’m looking at a long 2×6 in my garage, and I guess I could resaw…

There’s also that “common board” stuff at home depot. Maybe it’s that plus the redwood stain…

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#4 posted 06-03-2018 12:21 AM

ok – you told us where you have lived before – - – - where do you live now ??

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#5 posted 06-03-2018 12:26 AM

Las Vegas

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#6 posted 06-03-2018 12:43 AM

did you google ”Lumber yards in Las Vegas, NV” ??

I would drive over to 84 Lumber or Desert Lumber & Truss and check them out.
if they don’t have it in the yard, they can get it for you.
and deliver it for a small fee, if you can’t get it in your car.
(or maybe even deliver for free – each store is different).

this tool will make square 4×4 posts round if you want that rustic tiki-hut look.

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#7 posted 06-03-2018 12:51 AM

I dont know the availability in vegas but black locust holds up well outdoors and is cheaper than redwood and teak or Ipe.

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#8 posted 06-03-2018 01:28 AM

what about Cedar?

you could also glue a bunch of 2×6s together and then make them round on the table saw.

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#9 posted 06-03-2018 03:19 PM

saw this at my Lowe’s this morning. but, I am in Central Florida where we have
lots of farmland and pastures, etc. so the city-bound stores may not have what you need.
you need to put a little more “GumShoe” into your project. The price is the same at BORG.

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#10 posted 06-09-2018 07:31 PM

John,

Thanks for the information. Yeah, I have a lumber yard I go to but it didn’t occur to me that yards may specialize in different things. I’ve never seen a post or pole at any lumber yard I’ve been to but I’ve gone to these for hardwoods and it turns out a construction variety yard like 84 lumber you mentioned can order these as you said.

The right thing to ask for apparently is a “peeled pine pole” or “peeled log” and maybe “lodge pole”; i wasn’t 100% sure about them and cost 50 bucks for two with tax, but when i picked them up the guy said everyone that orders these are all building tiki bars with them. They look perfect for a tiki bar. pretty amazing that the main search results that came up for tiki bar (such as the one linked to upthread) don’t mention this as an option, since it’s going to be the ideal for a tropical look.

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#11 posted 06-09-2018 08:20 PM

good deal !!
glad you have a good starting point for your tiki bar.
looking forward to seeing photos of your project.
$25 a pole is kinda steep for a 4×4x8’ which my photo shows for $8 ea.
now – the 6×6x10’ P/T poles are $25-30 each in my area and are found at farm supply stores
such as Tractor Supply, 84 Lumber and speciality fence companies.
good luck in your endeavors !!

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