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Project by TampaMark posted 04-30-2014 01:53 PM 1510 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A cousin and her husband asked if I could model the design after a chair they already owned. The only change was that I widen the design by 2 inches. They also requested that I work with ipe, a wood they had used for a deck and absolutely loved.

I had never worked with ipe before. At first, I hated it. Everything needs to be pre-drilled and it is pretty difficult to work with. I also needed to seal all the end cuts so that the moisture stays out of the wood. After awhile, I started to get a hang of it, and, by the end, I really liked the wood. For outdoor furniture, it is awesome. It is perfect for the Florida weather that these chairs and tables will be exposed to.

I ended up making four chairs and two small side tables. The finish was a standard tropical hardwood stain that really brought out the rich colors of the ipe wood. Ipe costs a little more upfront than most other adirondack chair woods, but these chairs will last forever.

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 02:30 PM

Nice look in IPE.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 03:16 PM

These are all nice and add a lot to that patio.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 03:35 PM

Great work, love Ipe but your right in the begining it can be rough to work with… Some real beauty’s there.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 04:12 PM

hey Tampa,
they are really classy chairs, ipe makes for some lovely looking adirondack chairs.
i hate you at the moment, not only have you made some better looking adirondacks than my last ones, but your in florida too. im looking out the window watching the rain come down in welwyn garden city hertfordshire, england, dammmm.

-- "it is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand as a sheep"

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 07:56 PM

Chris – your chairs look great, no need to hate :) My weather is fine now, but wait until August when I bail from the shop at lunch due to high temps and terrible humidity. England will look great then!

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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