Ipe shower bench

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Project by Dave posted 880 days ago 1938 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife wanted a bench to have in the shower and can take it out of the shower to hold towels if she wants to. I originally bought some cypress and I didn’t like the color or how light the wood was. I really couldn’t see spending $200 on Teak so I found some Ipe on sale at the local Woodcraft for $4/bd ft. I spent about $75 on the entire project.

The entire project was done with mortise and tenon and the top using tongue and groove with urethane waterproof glue. This was a challenge because Ipe is so hard and does not chisel well and Everytime I used my hollow chisel mortiser the chisel wanted to follow the graing and turn slightly. I got to use my newly aquired planer and worked superbly. I finished it off with Danish oil. Oh, and the wife loves it.

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#1 posted 880 days ago

Very useful and looks to be well made … should last a lifetime..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 880 days ago

It is very heavy so I don’t think it will leave the shower very often. Thank you for the comments.

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#3 posted 880 days ago

Dave, That’s a nice build and I love Ipe but I would like for you to update us on how the finish holds up in the shower environment. I would like to do a whole set of shower stuff ( bench, Soap/shampoo caddy, etc) but couldn’t figure out what finish would survive the hot water.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 871 days ago

Nice stuff Dave. I bet that will get years of use. And you live in Daytona! I’ll be there in a few weeks for Bike Week!

-- Harold

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