Convenient Dimensioned Size, Great Looking Dark Exotic Wood
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Known mainly for its qualities as a robust and reliable outdoor-worthy hardwood, ipe works just fine for your usual decorative woodworking projects, too. It's dense and heavy, that's for sure, but it has a dark color that does not fade or diminish over time when used in your around-the-home projects like boxes, picture frames, tables, etc. When used in outdoor furniture and with a maintained exterior finish, the wood will keep its dark color as well.
Ipe may very well be one of the most beautiful dark exotic woods you can find. While the color emits a greenish hue, especially in its freshly sawn or sanded surfaces, the wood takes on a bold dark brown color with hints of burgundy if it's finished with an oil.
Thickness:3/4'' thick, surfaced smooth all sides
Widths:Boards are sawn to 5.5'' wide and with eased edges.
Lengths:6 feet only
Other Good things To Know
Grade:Clear with eased edges. See our page about Hardwood Grading for some details about common lumber grades and their definitions.
What's the wood like?
This is one strong, tough, and resilient wood. Ipe's naturally durable and weather resistant so it's fantastic in outdoor projects. Moderately difficult to work especially with hand tools; has a blunting effect on cutting edges, however Ipe finishes smoothly except where grain is very roey. The rich dark color makes great accents.
How's the color?
Light to dark olive brown with greenish caste, often with lighter or darker streaks.
Does it go by other names?
Amapa prieta, Bastard lignum vitae, Bethabara, Canaguate, Cortez, Ebano verde, Ebene vert, Greenhart, Guayacan, Ipe, Ironwood, Lapacho, Lapacho negro, Pau d'Arco, Polvillo, Tajibo
What could I use it for?
Furniture, flooring, industrial uses, tool handles, exterior applications, decking, inlay, furniture parts.
What is the tree like?
May grow to 140-150 feet in height with trunk diameters of 72'' and frequently to heights of 100 feet and diameters of 24-36''. Boles are clear to 60 feet and more, with or without buttresses.
The tree grows in
Mexico, Central and South America
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