We live in a 108 year old historic home in middle Tennessee. I started remodeling last Fall and I finally got around to replanking the front porch. It was originally cedar, but had lots of wear and tear. Even a couple of missing planks. A cabinet maker buddy of mine suggested a Brazilian hardwwod called Ipe (ee-pay.)
The wood is absolutely beautiful! It's super dense, like Teak and weathers very well outdoors. Harder than Oak, as far as I can tell.
I got it in 1" X 6" with a radius edge.
We ran it through a table saw and then put a tongue and groove on each board with a table mounted Bosch router.
I'm nearly finished. Should be done tomorrow.
I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with Ipe for other uses.
So far I really love the way it looks., and I haven't even sanded or screened it yet.
How are going to "finish" it ? And does it darken in the sun ? We were going to use
Tigerwood (?) on the interior floors of a place we're building. NO WAY after someone left a piece of craft paper down as a runner for a week or two in another home. The floor was a very noticeably lighter shade where it had been covered. Anything "exotic" makes me ask that question now. The Ipe IS very nice, though. Is it just the pics, or does it look a bit like bleached teak?
I found a product on Ipdepot.com called "Messmer's Deck Oil for Ipe." Ipe will "grey" in the weather like Teak, so it needs to be U.V protected.
I don't have any experience with Tiger Wood (not the golfer), but it sounds nice!
Ipe is a little lighter in shade than teak, but more colorful, with shades ranging from dark wine to orange.
One thing really odd about Ipe is the color of the saw dust from it. It's a neon yellow. I'll take a pic tomorrow of the underside of my router. It's caked with a radioactive looking yellow dust.
More pics to follow.
Very nice looking wood.