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Ipe: Wood—or Metal? Wheeling WV

Ipe can be used for indoor or outdoor furniture. It's so heavy thatthis deck chair will never blow over in the wind! Ipe is useful aroundthe shop, too, because it's so hard and strong. An ipe carver's malletlasts a lifetime. Ipe drawer runners never wear out. Best of all, anipe workbench is downright awesome.

Ace Hardware
(304) 230-0000
1239 Warwood Ave
Wheeling, WV
 
Nau Do it Best Hardware
(304) 242-7444
1066 E Bethlehem Blvd
Wheeling, WV
 
Al Lorenzi Building Products
(740) 635-9000
54382 National Road
Bridgeport, OH
 
Mcnear True Value Hardware
(740) 676-9579
4113 Central Ave
Shadyside, OH
 
Ked's Ace Hardware
(304) 845-1400
134 Lafayette Ave
Moundsville, WV
 
Lowe's
(304) 238-2000
2801 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Lou W Nau, Inc
(304) 242-6311
69 Edgington Lane
Wheeling, WV
 
Ferry Hardware
(740) 633-3053
6 S Zane Highway
Martins Ferry, OH
 
Mt. Pleasant Building Products
(740) 769-2606
St.rt. 150
Mount Pleasant, OH
 
LOWE'S OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH.
740 699-3000
50421 VALLEY PLAZA DR SAINT CLAIRSVILLE, OH, 43950
Saint Clairsville, OH
 

Ipe: Wood—or Metal?

Ipe: Wood—or Metal?



Ipe (pronounced E-pay) is a South American wood as exotic as its name.When you hold a piece, you know it's something special. Ipe sinks inwater like cast iron, is hard as nails and polishes like brass. Ofcourse, you don't really have to weld it, but working with ipe may makeyou question your sanity. Is it wood or metal? For an exotic wood, it'snot terribly expensive. A 1-in.-thick board typ-ically costs about $6per board foot.  You can buy ipe almost anywhere in the United States,but most woodworkers have never heard of it. Ipe is used for decks andoutdoor structures because it's extremely rot-resistant, dries withoutwarping, is free of knots and won't wear out. It's available instandard dimensions, such as 1x6 and 2x4. Deck offcuts are a blast toexperiment with. Ipe is marketed under a number of names. Dealers callit Ironwood, Diamond Deck, Pau Lope and Tiger Deck. It's sold asBrazilian walnut in the interior flooring business. To mail-order ipe,or to find a dealer nearest you, contact Cecco Trading, (414) 445-8989,www.ironwoods.com.


Use It Inside or Out

Ipe can be used for indoor or outdoor furniture. It's so heavy thatthis deck chair will never blow over in the wind! Ipe is useful aroundthe shop, too, because it's so hard and strong. An ipe carver's malletlasts a lifetime. Ipe drawer runners never wear out. Best of all, anipe workbench is downright awesome. Talk about sturdy!

Source
New Hemisphere, (866) 210-0567, www.ipe-furniture.com

 

Wait 'Til It's Dry 
Ipe isn't dried for interior use. The moisture content (MC) of ipe decking boards is fairly high, about
17 percent. This MC is appropriate for outdoor furniture, but higherthan the 12 percent MC of air-dried hardwoods destined for indoor use.It's easy to air-dry ipe yourself by stacking it indoors. Monitor itsMC with a moisture meter. (To get a correct reading, adjust for ipe'shigh specific gravity: 0.92.)



Dig for Beautiful Boards
Some ipe boards are absolutely stunning. You'll find a wide variety ofcolor and figure in a random pile of ipe, so good boards are worthdigging for. Ipe's color ranges from olive green to chocolate brown.Check out the unusual internal structure called interlocked grain inthe board above. Here, the slope of the grain alternates directionevery few growing seasons. This is a spectacular example of grainthat's both curly and interlocked. Pencil-stripe interlocked grain ismore common in ipe.

This is Strong Wood!
Every which way you look at it, ipe is an extreme wood. It's about 70percent stiffer than hard maple. Outdoor furniture made from cedar,redwood and treated pine must have thick parts for strength, but ipefurniture can have the thin lines of metalwork. So be daring! Theslender legs on this patio table are only 7/8 in. square.


It's One Tough Cookie

Go ahead:?Bang on it. Ipe is two to three times as hard a...

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