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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 05-18-2018 12:56 AM 786 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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05-18-2018 12:56 AM

I am making a fairly simple ipe table top (on metal legs). I’ve never cut ipe before but am aware of its reputation. The top basically requires a dozen or so 8’ long rip cuts in 5/4. I have a couple of high tooth count carbide blades for my table saw and also a stock grizzly non carbide ripping blade, which I don’t really use that much. Thoughts on blade of choise for this project? Existing carbide blades, stock ripping blade, or a new big box blade I can toss when done? Also read of some people using diablo 7 1/4 blades in their TS for these purposes. Thanks

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#1 posted 05-18-2018 03:44 AM

Did you see this thread?

Have only used IPE for one project. Used 24-36 tooth high hook rip blades for everything, even for cross cuts (go slow). Budget for extra blade cleaning time, extra blades. and/or sharpening every tool used on IPE when done.
Best luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 04:25 AM

My condolences on your choice of ipe. <kidding> I recommend a carbide blade even if you go with a 7-1/4. Ipe will dull tool steel in a minute and you’ll have have burning, slow feed rate, and a dangerous situation. Awesome wood, but it doesn’t allow half measures.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 12:51 PM

I love the end results of ipe, but it is a monster to work with. A 7 1/4 blade is a good idea for a couple reasons. Thinner kerf will require less from your tablesaw and cheaper blade because you probably will want to have a couple. Little advice if you need to use a router on it all, pay very close attention to the grain direction and take light passes. A little grab tends to take big chunks out of the edge.

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 01:27 PM

Second all the previous comments. Ipe is extremely durable and sound but difficult to work. You machine it more than work with it. Whatever you use to to work it will require sharpening. Just go slow and you will be rewarded with a great looking/long lasting project.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 06:29 PM

8 foot rip cuts? I can only imagine…

I recommend a plasma torch or whatever they use to cut steel.

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