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    Island Style Palapa DIY?

    Anyone have any experience with building an island style Palapa?



    We are frequent Aruba visitors and love sitting under these. Would like to build as part of our new pool landscape. I have seen kits, but would like to build from scratch except thatch.

    Anyone have any info?

    Thanks,

    Ted

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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    Something this cool and nobody has ever built one? /

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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    I have a palapa . It came in a kit from palapakings.com . A little pricey but , it is very authentic and we love it . We eat under the palapa everyday in the Summer !

    The bad news is in my climate (PA) the thatch needs replaced about every 2 years as it tends to rot .Still cheaper than a trip to Aruba ...
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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    Thanks TikiFarmer - We go to Aruba every year due to having a time share, so all good for that week or two. Its the others looking to take care of. So looking at what you bought, could you build it yourself without kit??

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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    I think it could be built without the kit . The main post is around 6" dia. and sunk 2-3' into the ground



    If you get any snow load they recommend putting chicken wire under the thatch . I have since changed that to fence with a 2"x4" opening . It supports the thatch better . I used zip ties to attach the thatch to the frame .





    I built the table and the supports ...





    The palapa builder's reward ...



    Hope this helps ...
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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    That is awesome! Will look at their options.

    I just got back from Aruba and sat under one oceanfront for 6 days straight!! Love that place.

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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    Oh man, that last pic...my mouth is now watering. That's a great looking table, I love it.

    I'm sure a fence builder or installer could get you a line on those types of posts, or perhaps a "country" style furniture builder, they use the same style of rounded posts for beds and tables.
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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    used power poles work too for the main post and you can usually find one laying somewhere. sand it, put a sealer on it and build off it. not very oem but works for us financially challenged diy'ers.
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    Re: Island Style Palapa DIY?

    Quote Originally Posted by tikifarmer
    I think it could be built without the kit . The main post is around 6" dia. and sunk 2-3' into the ground



    If you get any snow load they recommend putting chicken wire under the thatch . I have since changed that to fence with a 2"x4" opening . It supports the thatch better . I used zip ties to attach the thatch to the frame .





    I built the table and the supports ...





    The palapa builder's reward ...



    Hope this helps ...
    Tikifarmer -

    Where did you find the smaller diameter posts? (2"???) No one around here seems to carry that kind of lumber...Is this something I may have to special order?

    Thanks,

    Nate

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