Ipe boxes, like to sand wood? not this stuff!

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Project by studie posted 12-12-2011 09:12 AM 3375 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow this wood is hard to sand! With all the profiles even more. Using the spline joint jig and other tips from LJ members info (thanks) these have been fun to make. OK not fully done but will be soon. Finished by sanding to #600 with tung oil and then wipe on poly. Oh and that Festool Kapex may seem expensive but once bit you’re in love. The only miter saw I know that cuts Ipe like glass!! All my others could not make perfect miters like this one! With that said the saw had to be fine tuned. The saw was not perfect right out of the box as per usual with any other. I had to set it up for true as well as other mods as well but as for the finest saw ever this is it!!!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 02:27 PM

Hey guy, these look good.

Nice set of jigs you have for turning these out.

Seems for 1,300., that saw should be dead on, right out of the box.


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#2 posted 12-12-2011 04:41 PM

very nice job

-- freighttrain,ky

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 04:42 PM

Cool cove method! I don’t have to ask how you get your angles so precise (Kapex), lol;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:56 PM

Ditto on the Kapex. I have one too that performs flawlessly. Guess it should at that price!!!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 05:29 PM

excellent job! the coves are done on a standard table saw? is there a special blade to do these? I would never have thought to do a cove on a table saw like that, ingenious!

-- Gridlockd

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 06:38 PM

Gridllocked cutting coves on a table saw has been around for a long time. You find the angle and rase the standard blade a little at a time. Unlike the video below I prefer the use of two boards to guide you wood through.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 08:55 PM

Thanks Jim, guess it shows how green and new i am to woodworking. I am definitely gonna have to try this technique.

-- Gridlockd

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 11:14 PM

Nice boxes. I like the cove’s you cut into them.

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 11:42 PM

Nice Work Scott!!
Glad to see you’re havin’ some Fun in the Shop my Friend…
I have to do some of that… and soon…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 11:44 PM

Great boxes….Ipe is a solid wood for sure. I’ve built several decks from it and can testify to it’s hardness and weight. I haven’t had a chance to use this wood for anything other then decks….but from the looks of those boxes, I will have to rethink that option.

I’ve been drooling over the Kapex for a while. The price is indeed high…but it would be worth it to have a saw that can make accurate mitre cuts. I havn’t purchased one due to having 2 compound sliders already. J just can’t make myself squeeze the trigger at this point…..perhaps I should try selling my Bosch 8412L and replacing it with the Kapex…...certainly something to consider. My other Festool tools are working great….I don’t know what I did without a domino…it is the one tool I would buy over and over if I had too…it is a fantastic time saver.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 03:31 AM

i’m to far away to sand these for you

they are very nice however

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 05:28 AM

Thanks for the replies! This Ipe has been in my shop for a while and I like to cut the board to have the grain continue at each corner except one in the back. The first box I used Gorilla glue but with all the stress of profiling the wood it opened up one joint, so next is Titebond 3 no issues. I massed up many times like on the spline jig I use a 1/4” ply piece for tear out control but forgot to use it a few times so had to modify things. PAY ATTENTION! I have seen a special blade for cove cutting and it has a wider tooth with a rounded tooth as well, Pricy$$$. The Kapex is great but had to fine tune it in ways I should not have to. Rolling the saw all the way to the left the pin made a grinding sound so taking apart the back I found the problem and used a file to relieve a small ramp issue. Also the left stationary table is slightly lower than the rotating table so when I use the hold down clamp it makes the angle just slightly off .008% No other saw I have has this problem. # layers of tape solved this but I don’t like it at all. The store said it is ok? I’ll have to call Festool.

-- $tudie

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#13 posted 12-13-2011 06:13 AM

Looking good from here Scot ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 12-13-2011 08:18 AM

Very nice boxes, color and shape are outstanding. You did a great job on building them.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 05-07-2012 02:11 PM

Awesome work. That Ipe is very hard to work with..very tough stuff. Great job!

-- that WOOD be cool..... JL

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