IPE awning

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Project by studie posted 10-16-2009 06:19 AM 3979 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The owner of this remodel that a great group of craftsmen & I built hired me to build an awning to shade the sun porch. Tired of looking at cheap pull down fabric shades we came up with this build. Since I built the deck & railing from IPE, Lets go over the top(Ha Ha) with a movable, in sections shade system using a 1×1 connecting rail that connects to 8 slats at a time & can be articulated to & fro. Makes for an adjustable system in grids. All from IPE with stainless pins & bolts for about the same cost as a fabric awning!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 06:25 AM

wow that puppy must be supper heavy. nice work.


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#2 posted 10-16-2009 07:01 AM

Nice job. We need to be dry spots not shady spots here in water world :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 10:23 AM

That is cool,,, My friend has one motorized made of aluminum. Like this one more!

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

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 11:57 AM

That is a pretty neat awning. I agree with Ken’s comment that this is much better than one made of aluminum and fabric.

Nice job and pretty innovative thinking on the construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 12:39 PM

thats a great idea…..looks great to..well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 05:01 PM

Jim’s right, must weigh a tonne.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 07:20 PM

Using 1×8 IPE boards for each edge & double in the center made for a stout support, almost no deflection (sag).
The rail caps were biscuit joined 16” on center with Gorilla glue & with me standing in the center of the span only deflected 1/8”! IPE is strong to say the least.

-- $tudie

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 12:34 AM

Very impressive.
Must be quite heavy.
I made one very similar with redwood many years ago (circa 1975) and because of the softness of the redwood I put aluminum channel caps on the ends of the boards(where the pins went in) so it would not split out. I did get a little warping but by alternating the side exposed to the sun they stayed pretty straight and I only had to replace a couple of them over a 10 year period.
I would be interested is seeing how these work after a couple of years of use and exposure. I did recently see a metal one at the local home improvement show that looked great too. I didn’t check the price.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 10-17-2009 03:25 AM

Hi studie;

Great job. I like the work you do. Out of the ordinary, and high end.

It seems you have developed a nice client base.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 10-17-2009 06:20 AM

Lee, Thanks Man, I wish for more as work has really been slow this fall. Fine wood working caters to a broader band tho as fine work is more uncommon than even us as honest and loyal builders. There is no secret that building is at an all time low right now, scary in fact. Many indicators say things will turn about soon but on the street it’s very different. So many of us like me have invested in this wood working higher aspiration as to approach the very best as a carpenter. As a hard working American for all my life, I’m proud to say “Let’s all do our best to learn all we can, it takes great effort to succeed, now is not the time to be lazy & to have great skills is not just a Gods gift but is in our heart to begin with”. Not to preach but I want our craft to carry on, the world needs us!

-- $tudie

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