Ipe table top

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we had this metal patio table that i never cared for. it was a square top with slats every 6". i thought, it needs a wood top. working at a lumber yard has it's perks. i told the yard forman if you find any old weathered ipe let me know. last week he said there was 4 pcs 6"x 12' that had been lying out since last july. yeah it looked like hell but with some sanding and oil finish, it now looks like new. i looked up the ticket on it and it was over 600 bucks ! cost me only sanding time. so i ran the edges through the jointer to make em square and glued the top up in 4 sections. dominos every foot or so. glued with titebond 3. i pre cut the radius on the ends on the band saw before glue up. i did not wanna try and cut this with a jigsaw and at about 100lbs i did not wanna attempt to do it whole on the bandsaw. finish was redwood penofin to enhance the color. top is now 53".

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Looks great and was at a great price!

Mike

So you have actually been busy!  🙄

Nice and smooth P!. I have a small stash of ipe, but it is much darker than what you show (same all the way through even).

Love the clamp setup!
Nice looking top. Bet that thing packs some heft to it.
moke- yeah i couldn't argue about the price. but damn 4 boards wold have cost the customer over 6 bills !
splint-splint im always busy. had today off. besides this i reupholstered two bench seats and cut a cabinet in half. thats why i did it in 4 sections.
corelz- yeah it weighs at least a 100lbs. it was fun getting on the table.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice!  Like the idea of cutting the ends to shape before assembly.  
Nice. 

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Nice work, Pottz!

I’m just about out of my ipe stash acquired from offcuts from Siwek Lumber in Minneapolis. I think I paid $5 for the most expensive board (a 4’ long tubafor with three knots in it), which made two plane soles and a spokeshave.

May you have the day you deserve!

You out did yourself!  I like it!
Good looking table.   The wood looks great.

Ron

thank you all. ipe is a great wood for outdoor projects. no matter how bad it weathers a sanding and fresh coat of oil and it looks brand new. but it's damn heavy and very expensive, at least here in socal. we had a guy do a large wrap around deck about 10 years ago, he spent over 300k ! he was a millionaire though. so whenever there is some crappy looking stuff we want to through away i tell em, ill take it !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice job -- I am talking about planning 9 months ahead and putting those ipe piece outside so that they would be ready when you were.  😉
Seriously...beautiful.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

It was only a few years ago that Advantage Lumber sold 1x6" ipe decking for about $3/lft with free shipping on a smallish minimum order. 
Now I see it is 5.99/lf 😱
thanks guys. we used to sell a lot of it, but very little now. it's expensive but it's supposed to last at least 50 years.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Fantastic improvement on the table, the new top looks great. Very nice work.
That’s beautiful, Pottz. Ipe sure is pretty wood. The last time we had our deck rebuilt, the contractor gave us the option of using it, but it was 3x the cost of pressure-treated pine.
Great looking table pal!!
thanks kids i appreciate it. 
ron yes 3x the cost, 3x longer lasting. now if your 30 and can afford it do it. if your 70 dont waste your money !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

WOW nice table and price was very good GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

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