|Project by rob_clements||posted 03-18-2010 05:21 AM||2981 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
my first experience with IPE…..
In late 2007 I bought some rough Ipe material from a retiring woodworker and so began my back pains and sore throat from working with this extremely heavy, solid wood with toxic dust. Thankfully the sore throat only occurred once before realizing the toxicity of it. My respirator takes care of me now.
-I had dreams of a dining room table and with some input from a friend with a professional wood shop, was convinced to create breadboard ends with a continuous stub tenon and three long tenons, dry pegged in slotted holes to allow movement.
-The top was glued up with biscuits as one 96” x 34.5” x 7/8” slab, before cutting the two 18” extensions off
-2.5” wide breadboard ends applied to the main slab and each of the extensions
-3.25” maple skirt and 2.75” x 2.75” maple tapered legs, painted black
-The extensions have long cantilever arms that slide into slots on each end skirt, therefore no mechanicals
-We bought maple captains chairs from a mennonite shop, painted black to match
-I then built a 2-3 seat dining bench for one side, similar Ipe top/maple legs composition (listed as a separate project)
-All Ipe finished with Penofin penetrating oil for exotic hardwoods
-- Rob, Elmira ON