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Forum topic by Jmpenza posted 02-16-2015 07:10 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2015 07:10 PM

This is my first post and I just wanted to share a project I will be attempting in the spring. This outdoor table I would like to make out of Ipe because of how weather resistant it is but I am aware that it will hurt my blades/knifes/ect. I included a sketchup model of the table top(all joinery is drawn too) and I don’t know how I will make the legs yet. Please take a look and let me know what you think of the joinery/wood selection and any comments you may have. Thanks – John – Sketchup model

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 08:35 PM

I did my entire deck (400 sq. ft) out of ipe. I also made all of our outdoor furniture out of ipe. I think it is stuff. I find that it saws great on a table saw or miter saw without much, if any,additional wear on the blades. However, I also find that it is very hard on drill bits.

When I built my deck I used a very good marine (waterproof) adhesive and a nail gun. The nail gun will pierce a single 4/4 board, if you turn the air pressure up to about 110.

Ipe is not oily. If you do a good job of gluing, anything will hold up very well.

If you check my projects you will see some of the ipe projects I have done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 11:29 PM

Hey John,

Very nice design! I made an outdoor bistro table from ipe for a commission. Not only is it tough on your tools, but the sawdust is a yellowy powder from hell. You practically need to have an asbestos abatement containment system to keep it out of the house. Don’t let me dissuade you though, the end product is awesome! Also, because it’s so hard, it’s more prone to chip-out (think glass percussion chips). Keep that in mind with all of those joints. Good luck and obviously please post your build so we can follow vicariously.

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