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Project by studie posted 407 days ago 2107 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built 4 boxes a year ago from Ipe (ironwood) and have finally sanded and finished the last 2 of them. If you want to see the building of these look up the post, Like to sand wood, here on my site. I’m not sure if I will choose Ipe again as it is so hard to sand out the milling and router work but these are so cool, heavy and rock solid. All of the profiling cove and router table work was a lot of fun and seat of the pants design. The same finish as before, 8 coats of wipe on poly but get a perfect coat and not wipe it off followed by hours of automotive polish compound then wax. Hope you like them, My hands are sore from all the buffing!

-- $tudie





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jap

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#1 posted 407 days ago

lovely

-- Joel

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Patricelejeune

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#2 posted 407 days ago

They look real good, I like the slight difference in color between the body and the top, it adds up.

-- Patrice lejeune

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littlecope

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#3 posted 407 days ago

Way Nice Scott!!
All that buffing paid off handsomely…
Any inside pix?

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 407 days ago

Very nice boxes and the finish came out great…Ipe is definitely one hard and heavy wood…
The boxes remind me of minature coffins.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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WoodenFrog

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#5 posted 407 days ago

Very nice work! Beautiful!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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nakedjoinery

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#6 posted 407 days ago

wow, they double as a mirror. What a beautiful finish. I agree with the coffin comment, then again I’m a horror fan

-- mike c

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 407 days ago

Cool design , great job on the build , and that wipe on poly never looked so good!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 407 days ago

Beautiful. Great work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 407 days ago

Very cool boxes. I’ve never heard anyone call Ipe Iron wood before. Here’s the one I know

http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/iw/illus.html

Here’s Ipe info

http://www.askives.com/ipe-tree-facts.html

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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studie

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#10 posted 407 days ago

Thanks all! Funny that many say these look like coffins, I never meant to have them look that way just free form from the start. I should say that 3 people want me to make urns for loved ones ashes so maybe I’m on to something here.
Lilcope, the inside is finished but not like the outside, just 3 coats. No trays or flocking. These have become gifts for friends and family but just tonight a friend offered me $500 for one, wow that makes me about $4.oo per hr. Not that I care about money so much but I see so many amazing boxes here on LJs and those who make them do get a fair price. If I should do a production run of say 10 or so and use a spray finish I could actually make money. Every project I do educates me and leaves me with a few more jigs and inspiration too. Thanks for looking!

-- $tudie

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indgreg

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#11 posted 407 days ago

boxes are beautiful but that finish is unbelivible

-- greg indiana

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studie

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#12 posted 407 days ago

Leave it to A1Jim to give A1 information! Thank you for the links above, such great information. I have built many decks here in Seattle using Ipe and have saved every scrap for years. I have been told by the lumber yards that Ipe is sold as Ironwood as a trade name so now to have the facts really helps. I found a source of wood they called Brazilian redwood that was identical to Ipe but was much less cost. I built some gates with it and found it to have more movement (shrinkage) than the Ipe I usually use. I now have a pin less moisture meter and that may help solve issues from now on.
I’m so glad to see LJs growing with so many new members and thankful for the many others that share the love of this fine craft!

-- $tudie

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grizzman

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#13 posted 407 days ago

yea howdy scott you got these lookin mighty nice, and i had the same thought, they look like mini coffins, the way those tops gleam, that is fantastic ..im glad that we got more info on the wood here, i cant believe people use this beautiful wood for decks..to me that is crazy…great job here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 407 days ago

Awesome boxes Studie!

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

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deon

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#15 posted 407 days ago

Very elegant work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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