Ipe Shower Stool

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Project by GBVA posted 06-29-2011 02:01 AM 3197 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stool is made of ipe and is about 16 to 18 inches in height and about 9 inches square. This is meant to live in a shower so it is finished with an exterior clear coat finish and has the slots cut in the top to allow for water drainage.

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#1 posted 06-29-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice. I need to make one of these but was gong to use teak….. Ipe might be a good alternative.

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#2 posted 06-29-2011 06:25 AM

These looks great. What finished did you use and how did you prepare the surface. I have read that ipĂȘ is not easy to finish or glue.

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#3 posted 06-29-2011 03:48 PM

Millo, I built another shower stool about a year ago and used titebond III and it is still in use and looks like the day I built it. So I gave this one the same treatment. I think I sanded all parts to 180 grit and rubbed epoxy on the bottoms of the feet. Since wood is very prone to suck water in through end grain the epoxy will seal it off and really prolong the life of the stool. As far as Ipe’s finishing I like to give it a good rub with naphtha to clean the surface of any debris or contaminants. If on a test piece the finish isn’t adhering I’ll put down a coat of shellac to really seal off the wood. For a top coat I applied general finishes exterior 450 clear coat finish. Also, I believe it took three coats or maybe four to get the look and protection I was after. Mid-coat sanding was done with a 320 grit sanding pad. I haven’t really had any trouble with Ipe in the finishing as much as it really dulls chisels and other blades quickly.

I really enjoy the look of Ipe and it is a cheaper alternative to teak.

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 05:16 AM

I have a bit of Jatoba (Brazilian cherry, left over from a decking project). I am considering using the wood to make Adirondack chairs and side tables. Here is my question:

Did you mill the wood on your shop tools? Jointer, Planer, Bandsaw????

If so, did the wood require that you “retool” after the project?


-- Keith - Iowa

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