Ipe 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Ipe 4/4 Lumber
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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).
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hardwood lumber sizes
Ipe lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
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?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

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)

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.
More Ipe!
You have a lot of ways to buy this wood!

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
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

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 article if you want the full explanation.

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 (12)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
out of 5
5 (12)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
14 Total Reviews
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
?
Review by  sk from chicago, ill
perfect
Recommended
August 1, 2013
5 out of 5
beautiful wood.
Review by  Timothy from Wilson, Ok USA
This was my first time with ipe...you definitely want to use ppe with this stuff. It works well and makes a very good longbow.
Recommended
14 Total Reviews
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