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Project by Dave posted 02-12-2012 10:25 PM 7747 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife wanted a bench to have in the shower and can take it out of the shower to hold towels if she wants to. I originally bought some cypress and I didn’t like the color or how light the wood was. I really couldn’t see spending $200 on Teak so I found some Ipe on sale at the local Woodcraft for $4/bd ft. I spent about $75 on the entire project.

The entire project was done with mortise and tenon and the top using tongue and groove with urethane waterproof glue. This was a challenge because Ipe is so hard and does not chisel well and Everytime I used my hollow chisel mortiser the chisel wanted to follow the graing and turn slightly. I got to use my newly aquired planer and worked superbly. I finished it off with Danish oil. Oh, and the wife loves it.





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#1 posted 02-12-2012 10:36 PM

Very useful and looks to be well made … should last a lifetime..

-- Be safe.

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Dave

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 11:13 PM

It is very heavy so I don’t think it will leave the shower very often. Thank you for the comments.

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 02:07 AM

Dave, That’s a nice build and I love Ipe but I would like for you to update us on how the finish holds up in the shower environment. I would like to do a whole set of shower stuff ( bench, Soap/shampoo caddy, etc) but couldn’t figure out what finish would survive the hot water.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 05:36 AM

Nice stuff Dave. I bet that will get years of use. And you live in Daytona! I’ll be there in a few weeks for Bike Week!

-- Harold

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#5 posted 02-13-2020 12:07 AM

So i have somewhat retired this bench after i overhauled my shower. This bench is still going strong. I have only added 1 more coat of danish oil to it about 2 years ago.

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#6 posted 02-13-2020 04:25 PM

I made a street address tile holder for my SIL from Ipe. It is exposed to eastern sunlight and aside from beginning grey (4 years), it is still smooth and stable.

A shower is about as harsh of environment for wood as I can imagine, but obviously you have 8 years for proof of concept 8^)

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#7 posted 07-24-2021 03:18 PM



So i have somewhat retired this bench after i overhauled my shower. This bench is still going strong. I have only added 1 more coat of danish oil to it about 2 years ago.

- Dave


Thanks for the update. I’m was debating on the bench for our shower now I’m moving forward.

-- Jim - Sussex Wi

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