|Project by davethebuilder||posted 03-21-2009 07:24 AM||12118 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
I built this deck and bench as part of a major backyard remodel and it has led to many relaxing outdoor dinners. I debated for a long time going with a composite plank but finally decided to go with Ipe (Indonesian hardwood). Ipe has great strength, durability, and resistance to insects and rot. It’s so hard it dulls blades and drills fast. Also watch out for splinters..they tend to dig deeper over time instead of working their way out (found this out the hard way). It is a beautiful wood and aging to a nice silver color.