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Ipe - Tropical hardwood pallets and cut-offs

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  • Sal's Dad
    Near my house -- down by the River Charles (yeah, Boston your my home... incredibly, this morning a guy was singing that old song across the street from my
    Message 1 of 7 , Apr 30 5:44 AM
      Near my house -- down by the River Charles (yeah, Boston your my home... incredibly, this morning a guy was singing that old song across the street from my suburban house; the kids and I had breakfast on the porch, listening to Beatles and Dylan standards....) the state is building a bicycle path, with a raised boardwalk decked with Ipe.

      I don't know a lot about Ipe, except that it's a South American hardwood, looks a lot like Mahogany, weighs about the same as concrete (the heartwood sinks in fresh water - I checked) and is supposed to be rot-resistant forever. The carpenter on the job advises using very good carbide tools, pre-drilling everything, and wearing gloves to avoid the fine steel-like splinters.

      I asked about the scrap and pallets, and they said I should help myself. The pallets are of lower-quality outer cuts, 12' rough cut, 3" to 16" wide, 5/8 to 5/4 thickness. There's also a bunch of 2x4 and 4x4 about 2' long, and probably a couple cartons of spacers, slightly bigger than paint stirrers. Plus the cutoffs, mostly less than a foot long, 5/4 x 6 gorgeous heartwood.

      It seemed a crime to see rainforest lumber go to a landfill, so I pulled some nails and got one pick-up load today, and may go back for a couple more loads next week (and grab a couple manhole-cover-moorings while I'm there).

      Can anybody suggest what to do with this stuff? I thought it might work well for a dock; the little heartwood pieces might be nice for cleats and blocks.

      Is there anybody in my area who would like some? The price is right!

      Curtis


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    • pvanderwaart
      ... In traditional construction, it might work well for frames, floors, stem & sternposts, even deckbeams. Assuming you can afford the tools to work it. Peter
      Message 2 of 7 , Apr 30 7:12 AM
        > Can anybody suggest what to do with this stuff?

        In traditional construction, it might work well for frames, floors,
        stem & sternposts, even deckbeams. Assuming you can afford the tools
        to work it.

        Peter
      • Paul W. Esterle
        I used some Ipe in rebuilding one of my boats. It required carbide tools to cut. It is somewhat brittle and keep a brutal sharp edge. I ended up using it for
        Message 3 of 7 , Apr 30 7:38 AM
          I used some Ipe in rebuilding one of my boats. It required carbide tools to
          cut. It is somewhat brittle and keep a brutal sharp edge. I ended up using
          it for cleats inside cabinetry as my wife didn't like to color. Not a bad
          color, just didn't go with the rest of the interior.

          I did make a bunch of toggles to keep drawers and doors closed in rough
          weather. Cut them to size and shape and then polished them with my Dremel.

          Paul
        • johnfader
          Stuff makes wonderful self bows, either English longbow or American flatbow. Here is a good chance to get into traditional or primitive archery; now you can
          Message 4 of 7 , Apr 30 9:00 AM
            Stuff makes wonderful self bows, either English longbow or American
            flatbow. Here is a good chance to get into traditional or primitive
            archery; now you can join another 20 message boards :-)

            Cheers/Fader
          • pauldayau
            ... myself. The pallets are of lower-quality outer cuts, 12 rough cut, 3 to 16 wide, 5/8 to 5/4 thickness. There s also a bunch of 2x4 and 4x4 about 2
            Message 5 of 7 , May 2, 2004
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              >
              > I asked about the scrap and pallets, and they said I should help
              myself. The pallets are of lower-quality outer cuts, 12' rough
              cut, 3" to 16" wide, 5/8 to 5/4 thickness. There's also a bunch of
              2x4 and 4x4 about 2' long, and probably a couple cartons of spacers,
              slightly bigger than paint stirrers. Plus the cutoffs, mostly less
              than a foot long, 5/4 x 6 gorgeous heartwood.
              >
              > It seemed a crime to see rainforest lumber go to a landfill, so I
              pulled some nails and got one pick-up load today, and may go back for
              a couple more loads next week (and grab a couple manhole-cover-
              moorings while I'm there).
              >
              > Can anybody suggest what to do with this stuff? I thought it
              might work well for a dock; the little heartwood pieces might be
              nice for cleats and blocks.
              >
              > Is there anybody in my area who would like some? The price is
              right!
              >
              > Curtis
              Welcome to the wonderful world of the salvaged boatbuilder. Keep up
              the good work mate. the timber you describe is similar to the
              Australian hardwoods that we often use. Tools need constant
              sharpening, and even replacing. If you are not going to finda use for
              it now , store it, or ask aruond to see if someone else can use it.
              Ive got a shed full of bits of clear Douglas fir that you probably
              couldnt buy in Oregon for love nor money. they all come off rubbish
              tips. cheers Paul.
              Kalgoorlie Western Australia
              >
              >
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            • Jeff Leo
              Ill take some. Directions from Worchester? Jeff ... From: Sal s Dad [mailto:sals_dad@betts-orourke.net] Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 8:45 AM To:
              Message 6 of 7 , May 12, 2004
                Ill take some. Directions from Worchester? Jeff

                -----Original Message-----
                From: Sal's Dad [mailto:sals_dad@...]
                Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 8:45 AM
                To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [bolger] Ipe - Tropical hardwood pallets and cut-offs


                Near my house -- down by the River Charles (yeah, Boston your my home... incredibly, this morning a guy was singing that old song across the street from my suburban house; the kids and I had breakfast on the porch, listening to Beatles and Dylan standards....) the state is building a bicycle path, with a raised boardwalk decked with Ipe.

                I don't know a lot about Ipe, except that it's a South American hardwood, looks a lot like Mahogany, weighs about the same as concrete (the heartwood sinks in fresh water - I checked) and is supposed to be rot-resistant forever. The carpenter on the job advises using very good carbide tools, pre-drilling everything, and wearing gloves to avoid the fine steel-like splinters.

                I asked about the scrap and pallets, and they said I should help myself. The pallets are of lower-quality outer cuts, 12' rough cut, 3" to 16" wide, 5/8 to 5/4 thickness. There's also a bunch of 2x4 and 4x4 about 2' long, and probably a couple cartons of spacers, slightly bigger than paint stirrers. Plus the cutoffs, mostly less than a foot long, 5/4 x 6 gorgeous heartwood.

                It seemed a crime to see rainforest lumber go to a landfill, so I pulled some nails and got one pick-up load today, and may go back for a couple more loads next week (and grab a couple manhole-cover-moorings while I'm there).

                Can anybody suggest what to do with this stuff? I thought it might work well for a dock; the little heartwood pieces might be nice for cleats and blocks.

                Is there anybody in my area who would like some? The price is right!

                Curtis


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              • Robert Gainer
                I wonder if it would make a nice shell for a wood block, either rope stropped or with a brass strap. With a bronze sheave and roller bearing it would be neat.
                Message 7 of 7 , May 14, 2004
                  I wonder if it would make a nice shell for a wood block, either rope
                  stropped or with a brass strap. With a bronze sheave and roller bearing it
                  would be neat. 5/4 x 6 you say, What is the driving time from New York city
                  to the this pot of gold.
                  All the best:
                  Robert Gainer


                  >From: "Jeff Leo" <leo@...>
                  >Reply-To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
                  >To: <bolger@yahoogroups.com>
                  >Subject: RE: [bolger] Ipe - Tropical hardwood pallets and cut-offs
                  >Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 11:00:06 -0400
                  >
                  >Ill take some. Directions from Worchester? Jeff
                  >
                  >-----Original Message-----
                  >From: Sal's Dad [mailto:sals_dad@...]
                  >Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 8:45 AM
                  >To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
                  >Subject: [bolger] Ipe - Tropical hardwood pallets and cut-offs
                  >
                  >
                  >Near my house -- down by the River Charles (yeah, Boston your my home...
                  >incredibly, this morning a guy was singing that old song across the street
                  >from my suburban house; the kids and I had breakfast on the porch,
                  >listening to Beatles and Dylan standards....) the state is building a
                  >bicycle path, with a raised boardwalk decked with Ipe.
                  >
                  >I don't know a lot about Ipe, except that it's a South American hardwood,
                  >looks a lot like Mahogany, weighs about the same as concrete (the heartwood
                  >sinks in fresh water - I checked) and is supposed to be rot-resistant
                  >forever. The carpenter on the job advises using very good carbide tools,
                  >pre-drilling everything, and wearing gloves to avoid the fine steel-like
                  >splinters.
                  >
                  >I asked about the scrap and pallets, and they said I should help myself.
                  >The pallets are of lower-quality outer cuts, 12' rough cut, 3" to 16"
                  >wide, 5/8 to 5/4 thickness. There's also a bunch of 2x4 and 4x4 about 2'
                  >long, and probably a couple cartons of spacers, slightly bigger than paint
                  >stirrers. Plus the cutoffs, mostly less than a foot long, 5/4 x 6
                  >gorgeous heartwood.
                  >
                  >It seemed a crime to see rainforest lumber go to a landfill, so I pulled
                  >some nails and got one pick-up load today, and may go back for a couple
                  >more loads next week (and grab a couple manhole-cover-moorings while I'm
                  >there).
                  >
                  >Can anybody suggest what to do with this stuff? I thought it might work
                  >well for a dock; the little heartwood pieces might be nice for cleats and
                  >blocks.
                  >
                  >Is there anybody in my area who would like some? The price is right!
                  >
                  >Curtis
                  >
                  >
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