How to finish Ipe for indoor table

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Blog entry by nosferatus1966 posted 06-30-2013 09:03 PM 2363 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a table and benches out of Ipe with inlays in differents hard woods
I am debating what kind of finish should I use
The table will be indoors in a close porch in Florida
Any suggestion will be appreciated
PS I will post pictures soon

-- Richard, NY,

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 10:25 PM

I would try using wipe on poly, but test on the underside of the table or on a scrap piece first.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:58 AM

I’ve used ipe on boat docks and decks and had some I wanted to make a workbench from but figured it would just be too heavy. Congratulations, you have the hard part behind you. We would usually finish it with an oil based water proofing agent like Thompsons. As you well know ipe is so tough protecting it from scratches isn’t an issue but if you want to build a nice finish on it you may want to wipe it down with a solvent to remove the oil it contains like you did when you glued it up. It’s natural oil may interfere with adhesion otherwise.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 01:11 AM

I have used BLO, shellac, and poly (not all on the same piece) and have had no problems with adherence. For a glass smooth finish fill the pores with Timbermate Walnut before applying topcoat.

That is a beautiful table! Can’t wait to see it finished.

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

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