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couv1217
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2007
2916 posts

Brazilian ipe wood
Anyone ever heard or worked with stuff? Have an extremely rich client who wants us to put this stuff back up and I have no clue about it


GeauxldMember
LSU Fan
Black Pearl
Member since Nov 2003
3403 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
It’s hard AF. You’re going to burn through blades and bits much quicker, so account for some extra time and tooling in your price.


couv1217
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2007
2916 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
Luckily it’s all been cut and predrilled so just putting back up. Have you done work with it? Pretty familiar with it?


RaginCajunz
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re: Brazilian ipe wood
It's also called Ironwood for a reason. I had a dozen board feet or so I picked up for nearly free. It is hard to the point of almost being brittle. Even predrilling is a beast. I drilled a few holes in a 2x2 piece I had to create a stable base for a cypress swing. I've never had a drill bit make a small firecracker like explosion but this stuff did. I guess the heat and friction ignited in the hole and blew my bit and drill out. I believe it has a very high silica content.

Also the splinters are like glass shards. It's incredible stuff though. Nothing holds up to the elements like it.


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jmon
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Mandeville, LA
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Brazilian ipe wood
Worked with it in cabinet and wall fixture applications. If it's predrilled and cut to length, you've saved yourself most of the headaches. It is able to be sanded but respirator should be worn. What else you want to know?


Cracker
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in a box
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Brazilian ipe wood
Wear a respirator


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OysterPoBoy
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Member since Jul 2013
25469 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
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Brazilian ipe wood


That's a lot of ipe wood. You guys will be busy for a while. Remind me again, how many is a Brazilian?


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oldskule
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Down South
Member since Mar 2016
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re: Brazilian ipe wood
I did my hall and 2 bathrooms in epe.

Hardest, prettiest wood ever...and it will not warp, good for wet applications.


couv1217
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2007
2916 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
Anyone feel comfortable enough with it to be hired to work for us on it?


GeauxldMember
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Black Pearl
Member since Nov 2003
3403 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
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Anyone feel comfortable enough with it to be hired to work for us on it?


If it’s already cut to length and pre-drilled, what’s the concern? Should be gravy…


couv1217
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2007
2916 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
Would just rather someone who has worked with it before be the one to work in it. I primarily focus on roof construction. This guy reached out to see if I could help. Money is literally no concern for this guy. Just wants it done right. He’ll pay whatever it takes.


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jojothetireguy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Live out in Coconut Grove
Member since Jan 2009
10326 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
Built a deck using tiger wood and bordered with ipe. Very hard and good looking woods. It really wasn't to bad. Used a fresh carbide blade for cuts and predrilled holes where needed.


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rented mule
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re: Brazilian ipe wood
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Wear a respirator


This. Ipe dust is really bad on the lungs. Also, the oils in ipe have been known to cause serious irritation so it may be a good idea to wear gloves and sleeves.


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Neauxla
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
33259 posts

re: Brazilian ipe wood
I have it on my back porch. It’s gorgeous when oiled but the sun ruins that fast. It is super dense and super heavy. It does not stain


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