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Project by CLWidener posted 764 days ago 1145 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some Ipe benches I to go with an outdoor kitchen that has an existing Ipe kitchen island. I am not sure how the finger joint will react to the elements. I know Ipe is rather resilient to weather, but it will expand and does not have that much give. I am slightly worried about the top cracking if the fingers expand too much. Anybody have any thoughts?





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Alexandre

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#1 posted 764 days ago

Man, they must weigh a ton

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 764 days ago

Nice bench. with the top and sides the same width, I would think the expand and contract at the same rate.
No worry, mon!
What is the price of Ipe compared to cedar? I have to make a bench for a customer and I want to talk her out of treated wood!!
.............Jim

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

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 764 days ago

oh wow! I’ve just worked with ipe recently for the first time and I can’t imagine pieces this big. That must have been nice to work with. I love the simple design.

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CLWidener

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#4 posted 764 days ago

Jim – that makes a lot of sense as far as the expansion and contraction. The 5/4×6 I used for the bench cost around $4.50 a linear foot. Not sure about the cost of Cedar off the top of my head, but it’s quite a bit less.

Lis – the benches were glued up to make the size of panels I needed. Because of the weight it made it somewhat difficult to work with.

Alexandre – they do weigh a ton. Someone once told me the quality is in the weight. Haha

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 764 days ago

Nicve job, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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