Ipe. Do I have rotted ipe?

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Forum topic by TelescopeMaker posted 07-07-2014 02:25 AM 998 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2014 02:25 AM

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Someone gave me some leftover ipe from a dock he made. They were left in the weather for a year or so. I ran them through my planer, and they seem pretty enough at first glance, but there are tear out areas that seem as if long stretches are kind of punky, like rotted cherry, but harder. Is this normal for ipe? It looks very ugly, and won’t go away completely no matter which direction I plane it, even to the very center of it (I resawed a piece and planed it)

It that is the way it is, then what do you do about the pits? How do you fill them? I’m making dominoes from them and the color is perfect, but the pits are…. well, the pits. I think I may have to switch to black walnut or something.

Here is a picture of what I am talking about:


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#1 posted 07-07-2014 02:54 AM

Hey bill just recently did a project with ipe. I had a few of the same and then I finished them, spar urethane, for an outdoor table, they turned out beautiful. I actually wish I had more of those to use, I liked the way it looks. I wouldn’t worry about it. If its dominoes you are after I think you will do fine.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 02:58 AM

You have tearout there. In my experience that’s pretty normal. Ipe has interlocked grain and it changes direction a lot.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 03:15 AM

I would take a very sharp blade and hand plane it if you don’t like the way it’s being machined. Ipe stands up to alot of abuse which is why it’s becoming very popular in higher end decking material.


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