|Forum topic by Warren||posted 08-19-2010 06:33 PM||5890 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-19-2010 06:33 PM
Chaps, (and chapess’s)
I am in the process of making an exterior table and a set of for stools out of Ipe which now has me somewhat puzzled!
Besides the fact that Ipe gives of some horrible green/yellow dust it is also proving to be a royal pain the %^#%$ to glue or finish!
I have laminated together a table top, 4 boards wide and before gluing, (with Titebond III), I wiped down the joints with a generous amount of Acetone. Next day I cut the circular table top from my glue up and tossed the excess material to one side. I was horrified to see that immediately upon hitting the floor all of the boards split right down the glue line! I am obviously not confident of the strength of the table top now and can see a horrible decision being reached over the coming days.
On top of this, I thought I better see how it takes finish so I practically bathed a section of it in Acetone and then applied a coat of Sikkens Cetol Satin, which is a really high quality exterior finsish. Four days later and it still hasn’t cured!
Please God, tell me someone knows something I dont!
I have heard reports of gorrilla glue being a good choice for Ipe but if I am honest I hate the stuff, I can never work out how much it is going to expand by, how long to leave it before mating the jiont and then the clean up afterwards…....... I have to make 4 stools that fit together in a circle under the table and there will be ALOT of glue!
Please bless me with your wisdom oh Lumberjocks!
-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture