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#1 posted 10-22-2021 07:35 PM

I don t think that an inlay is a good idea. I think it will come apart. Water will seep in, get under and never dry out causing it to come loose or worse, expand and break loose. I would make it like a picnic table with the inlay part (doves foot) pieced together so it looks like a single piece with the surrounding pieces separated by small gaps. Instead of sapele, I would look at black locust. It is often used in decks and the radial and tangential shrinkage rates are not too different than ipe.

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Thanks. That’s a good point about the water getting under the inlay; I didn’t think about that.

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