|Project by TampaMark||posted 04-30-2014 01:53 PM||1148 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
A cousin and her husband asked if I could model the design after a chair they already owned. The only change was that I widen the design by 2 inches. They also requested that I work with ipe, a wood they had used for a deck and absolutely loved.
I had never worked with ipe before. At first, I hated it. Everything needs to be pre-drilled and it is pretty difficult to work with. I also needed to seal all the end cuts so that the moisture stays out of the wood. After awhile, I started to get a hang of it, and, by the end, I really liked the wood. For outdoor furniture, it is awesome. It is perfect for the Florida weather that these chairs and tables will be exposed to.
I ended up making four chairs and two small side tables. The finish was a standard tropical hardwood stain that really brought out the rich colors of the ipe wood. Ipe costs a little more upfront than most other adirondack chair woods, but these chairs will last forever.
-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)