|Project by Vandy||posted 10-14-2014 12:04 AM||5503 views||21 times favorited||12 comments|
I modeled my Ipe outdoor sectional after a restoration hardware set I liked. Ipe is a great less expensive Teak alternative, perfect for outdoor use. After I measured our patio space, I first custom ordered cushions and then built the furniture to fit. I did this because, surprisingly, the cushions cost more than the wood.
First time working with Ipe – I went through a few saw blades, and definitely didn’t realize how dense/heavy Ipe is. Let’s just say if I ever move, I’m hiring movers to move this furniture. Also, i was concerned about glueing Ipe because of it’s oils, so i reinforced a lot of the mitres and joints with Dowels and biscuits and in some hidden areas even used bolts and screws. I guess time will tell if the glue holds.
I left the wood natural to age from the UV of the sun. I want It will turn a silvery grey. This wood will last years without finishing and requires no upkeep that way. Also, It was great not have to do any finishing aside from a good sanding.
They say Ipe has the same fire rating as concrete, and won’t rot for 80 years. So hopefully this is something that will last a lifetime… Although the white cushions may not last the week :)