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Project by shopdog posted 1684 days ago 3509 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy making wood crafts and cabinets in the shop, but deck building is what pays the bills around here. 95+% of my decks have Ipe decking. and I use cedar for the railing with an Ipe cap. The screw holes are all plugged.
I built this one by myself in about 3 weeks.
Thanks for viewing.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz





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mckenziedrums

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#1 posted 1684 days ago

Beautifully done! Hope to build one of those for myself one of these days. Was that built on existing supports? I see the brick column there…

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woodworm

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#2 posted 1684 days ago

That is beautiful. Great work!
So when you want to invite us for a Hi tea party?...ha ha ha…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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shopdog

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#3 posted 1684 days ago

I demo-ed the original deck…those brick supports were there, so I used them.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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tintacker

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#4 posted 1684 days ago

Nice, I used IPE to make a floor panel for my sailboat. Really hard to work with, did you have problems drilling fastening this wood? I did, it doesn’t like to be glued either.

-- 1 John 3:16

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richgreer

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#5 posted 1684 days ago

Excellent job. I live ipe.

For what it is worth – - I built our ipe deck over 10 years ago and it is as nice today as it was the day I built it. I apply a preservative each year. I liked the wood so much that I also built 2 VERY solid adirondack chairs, an outdoor table and a park bench out of it. Those things will outlive me, despite being out in the weather all the time.

I find ipe relatively easy to saw but very hard to drill. I secured the deck with marine glue and finishing nails. I found that my nail gun could penetrate the ipe if my air pressure was close to the limit for my gun (90 p.s.i.).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Charles Maxwell

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#6 posted 1684 days ago

I’d love to hear about your Ipe experience. How does it cut? Does it glue well? Does it move a lot? How does it take finish? Hard/easy to sand? Thanks for posting.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1684 days ago

That is one beautiful deck!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CaptainSkully

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#8 posted 1684 days ago

Love the Ipe, hate the sawdust. Awesome deck. To jazz it up, I’ve heard it called Brazilian Walnut also.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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RexMcKinnon

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#9 posted 1684 days ago

Beautiful deck.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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shopdog

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#10 posted 1684 days ago

Max,
I’ve been working with Ipe for over 10 years, so it just seems like regular wood to me. If you look at my projects page, you’ll see that I use Ipe for a lot of projects…I have plenty of scraps.
I have a Forrest chopmaster on my Makita slider, and it makes quick work of cutting Ipe.
As for gluing, I use titebond 3, and it works well with cutting boards and other projects, but I don’t trust any glue outside with NY weather. I use TB3 for my plugs, and that seems to work.
Ipe does like to move, so I won’t trust “hidden fasteners”. I Face screw (2 screws per joist) with “Headcote” trimhead SS screws, if I’m not plugging. If I plug, I use McFeelys dekker 2.5” #10 screws.
Nothing much gets absorbed by Ipe. I use Penofin, and it goes on real nice, but needs to be reapplied on a regular basis…every year, if it’s in the sun.
I sand every deck right before I seal. I use a 5” Ridgid ROS with 40 or 50 grit disks. It gets the job done.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 1683 days ago

Nice Deck! I have never used Ipe but have read about it. It is the next thing to teak, I’m told.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#12 posted 1683 days ago

wow, very nice deck… a lot of work goes into the planning and building. I am not sure I like the idea that the home owner would have to do annual maintanence to keep it looking great… But that is just me being a lazy homeowner…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#13 posted 1683 days ago

wow, very nice deck… a lot of work goes into the planning and building. I am not sure I like the idea that the home owner would have to do annual maintanence to keep it looking great… But that is just me being a lazy homeowner…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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buckeyedudes

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#14 posted 1683 days ago

Really nice deck and I like the railing design & construction too.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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jeepersparky

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#15 posted 1682 days ago

Nice job ! i need to redo my deck like this.

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