Ipe 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Ipe 4/4 Lumber

$16.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $16.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $12.74 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Ipe lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

When only the hardest, most resistant-to-the-outdoors wood will do the trick for you, ipe is your choice. I gotta say, you'll be very surprised at how well it responds to machining. You'd think it'd be tough on your blades and cutters, but oh, you'd be very wrong. Ipe accepts regular ol' wood glue, any lacquer, poly, or oil finish, and will certainly make you proud of your project.

About Ipe (Tabebuia spp)

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Weight

5.75

lbs /Bd. Ft.
60.61% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

3510

Janka Rating
172.09% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.91

Specific Gravity
42.19% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 7/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where Ipe tree grows
Ipe is an exotic wood from Latin America

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.

color of Ipe
Color Range
Light to dark olive brown with greenish caste, often with lighter or darker streaks.
the Ipe tree
What's 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.
other names for Ipe
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
uses for Ipe
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, industrial uses, tool handles, exterior applications, decking, inlay, furniture parts.

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.8
out of 5
5 (13)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
out of 5
5 (13)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
15 Total Reviews
March 8, 2019
5 out of 5
RICK SMITH
Review by  RICK SMITH from Southern Calif.
AWESOME WOOD CHOICE. FAST SERVICE. CONSIDERING WEIGHT GOOD PRICE.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 9, 2017
3 out of 5
Wood was great; customer service not so much.
Review by  smartin from Massachusetts
Need work on responding to customer requests, even if they are small.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 12, 2017
5 out of 5
Ipe 4/4 Lumber
Review by  Wyowoodsmith from Hulett Wyoming
I had never had the opportunity to work with "Ipe" species of wood, the description of how easily this woodworks is right on!- I hope to find more uses for this very "Friendly" species, it cuts as well as pine, it doesn't dull my router bits, very nice to finish (I just oiled , shellac, grain filled and top coat with Polyurethane) , both or my boards were straight, flat and nice grain- Thanks WWS, to all the folks who keep "The Very Best Wood" shipping - I won't change my shopping online
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 22, 2016
4 out of 5
Love Ipe
Review by  Cuitlahac from La Pine, Or.
Ordered some Ipe for a Longbow project. Received 2 boards 6' long by about 6". Asked for as straight a grain as possible. In other words perfect boards. lol One board was perfect looking, except for wormholes. No problem, I was able to work around them luckily. The other board has about a 2' width on one side that I can use for a bow. The rest of the board has runoff and a couple of knots that is not good for a bow. The rest of the board has beautiful grain and will make an awesome jewelry box for my niece. This wood is great to work with and sands down to glassy smooth. The perfect board does not exist but one can always hope. Woodworkers Source is a top notch outfit so go buy some Ipe from them people.
Recommended
July 25, 2016
5 out of 5
Wood review
Review by  Jim from Baton Rouge, LA
Uniform color and thickness. Lumber exactly as described.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 30, 2013
5 out of 5
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Review by  sk from chicago, ill
perfect
Recommended
15 Total Reviews
Videos, Articles, and Project Photos to Help You Do Woodworking
What's 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, etc.?
Understanding hardwood lumber starts right here with these wacky fractions.
Lumber Grades Explained
If you're expecting perfect clear lumber 100% of the time, you're in for a surprise. Here's a summary of the hardwood lumber grades and what to expect from them.
3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
Here's a handy (and free) Excel worksheet that helps you estimate the lumber needs for your project.
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