Two more Ipe boxes

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Project by studie posted 03-12-2013 09:35 PM 3494 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built 4 boxes a year ago from Ipe (ironwood) and have finally sanded and finished the last 2 of them. If you want to see the building of these look up the post, Like to sand wood, here on my site. I’m not sure if I will choose Ipe again as it is so hard to sand out the milling and router work but these are so cool, heavy and rock solid. All of the profiling cove and router table work was a lot of fun and seat of the pants design. The same finish as before, 8 coats of wipe on poly but get a perfect coat and not wipe it off followed by hours of automotive polish compound then wax. Hope you like them, My hands are sore from all the buffing!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 09:49 PM


-- Joel

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 09:50 PM

They look real good, I like the slight difference in color between the body and the top, it adds up.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 11:06 PM

Way Nice Scott!!
All that buffing paid off handsomely…
Any inside pix?

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 11:29 PM

Very nice boxes and the finish came out great…Ipe is definitely one hard and heavy wood…
The boxes remind me of minature coffins.

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 12:30 AM

Very nice work! Beautiful!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 12:33 AM

wow, they double as a mirror. What a beautiful finish. I agree with the coffin comment, then again I’m a horror fan

-- mike c

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 01:22 AM

Cool design , great job on the build , and that wipe on poly never looked so good!

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

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 01:44 AM

Beautiful. Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 01:56 AM

Very cool boxes. I’ve never heard anyone call Ipe Iron wood before. Here’s the one I know

Here’s Ipe info

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 02:16 AM

Thanks all! Funny that many say these look like coffins, I never meant to have them look that way just free form from the start. I should say that 3 people want me to make urns for loved ones ashes so maybe I’m on to something here.
Lilcope, the inside is finished but not like the outside, just 3 coats. No trays or flocking. These have become gifts for friends and family but just tonight a friend offered me $500 for one, wow that makes me about $4.oo per hr. Not that I care about money so much but I see so many amazing boxes here on LJs and those who make them do get a fair price. If I should do a production run of say 10 or so and use a spray finish I could actually make money. Every project I do educates me and leaves me with a few more jigs and inspiration too. Thanks for looking!

-- $tudie

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 02:18 AM

boxes are beautiful but that finish is unbelivible

-- greg indiana

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 02:49 AM

Leave it to A1Jim to give A1 information! Thank you for the links above, such great information. I have built many decks here in Seattle using Ipe and have saved every scrap for years. I have been told by the lumber yards that Ipe is sold as Ironwood as a trade name so now to have the facts really helps. I found a source of wood they called Brazilian redwood that was identical to Ipe but was much less cost. I built some gates with it and found it to have more movement (shrinkage) than the Ipe I usually use. I now have a pin less moisture meter and that may help solve issues from now on.
I’m so glad to see LJs growing with so many new members and thankful for the many others that share the love of this fine craft!

-- $tudie

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#13 posted 03-13-2013 03:29 AM

yea howdy scott you got these lookin mighty nice, and i had the same thought, they look like mini coffins, the way those tops gleam, that is fantastic glad that we got more info on the wood here, i cant believe people use this beautiful wood for me that is crazy…great job here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 03-13-2013 04:30 AM

Awesome boxes Studie!

-- 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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#15 posted 03-13-2013 06:01 AM

Very elegant work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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