Ipe Deck Bench

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Project by davethebuilder posted 03-21-2009 07:24 AM 13594 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 12:13 PM

looks very nice, I’m sure you enjoy it…good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 02:38 PM

Great projects! The bench looks very solid and sturdy.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 04:56 PM

Very nice bench. I like the guy laying on the grass in your sketch/plan.

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 05:45 PM

Great Bench! The Ipe looks very nice. Is there a finish on it?

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 04:57 AM

Nice job. I love Ipe decks.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 08:53 PM

No finish on the Ipe. There are hardwood oils you can use..but need to be reapplied every year or so and we wanted it to silver.

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