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I've just become aware of the Brazilian hardwood Ipe. I'd like to know if any one out there has any experience with it. I understand that it is tough and similar to teak for exterior use. How does it mill, shape and ware the tools' blades? Where can I get small quantities of it to make jewelry boxes?Thanks,
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here is a copied description from Hardwood Emporium:

" Heartwood is olive-brown with lighter or darker streaks. Grain is straight to irregular with a low to medium luster. Very high strength in all categories. Resistant to bending. A very strong, tough, resilient wood. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Holds screws. stains & polishes well. Texture is fine & appears oily. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South America (Brazil) BOTANICAL NAME: Tabebuia Serratifolia. USES: Used for turning, tool handles, archery bows, walking sticks, fishing rods, cabinet work & veneers. It is considered by many to be the best choice for decking material in the world. JANKA HARDNESS: 3600 "

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I've used it before and I'll tell you, it is some hard wood! It will definitely dull your edged tools/saws quickly and is so dense it sinks in water. It's a pretty wood but it's no prettier than others of its type. It would make a pretty much indestructible jewelry box! I've used it to make mallet heads and in some instances, I've had to add leather to the faces to keep it from marring other wood. I bought it off of eBay, I believe.

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here is a copied description from Hardwood Emporium:

" Heartwood is olive-brown with lighter or darker streaks. Grain is straight to irregular with a low to medium luster. Very high strength in all categories. Resistant to bending. A very strong, tough, resilient wood. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Holds screws. stains & polishes well. Texture is fine & appears oily. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South America (Brazil) BOTANICAL NAME: Tabebuia Serratifolia. USES: Used for turning, tool handles, archery bows, walking sticks, fishing rods, cabinet work & veneers. It is considered by many to be the best choice for decking material in the world. JANKA HARDNESS: 3600 "

Ipe by Hardwood Emporium

Here is their website.. good source for many spieces of wood, check out their homepage. They are an hour drive for me, but they do ship..

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If you pay attention to Ebay...and be patient.. you can come across some pretty good deals on wood in there from time to time...
A nit to pick. DNA analysis has found that the genus Tabebuia was polyphyletic so it was split into three genera. Ipe proper is now in the genus Handroanthus but the name Ipe appears to be applied to members of all three genera. The original classification was based on solid morphological and physical characteristics, a striking example of convergent evolution.

When used, please be certain of the source; in natural settings the trees are found about 1 per acre and harvesting is very destructive; it is farmed and those are the trees to be used.

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I've just become aware of the Brazilian hardwood Ipe. I'd like to know if any one out there has any experience with it. I understand that it is tough and similar to teak for exterior use. How does it mill, shape and ware the tools' blades? Where can I get small quantities of it to make jewelry boxes?Thanks,
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you sure you want to make jewelry boxes from Ipe...
small quantities can usually be had from flooring contractors..
Ipe in thin boards (¼-½") is not all that common and to have them made up will skyrocket the costs...
you can resaw it but with nothing less than carbide toothed blades that you won't get much mileage from.....
it will dull the best of cutters in very short order...
lots of prep work has to go into finishing...

Workability: Overall, Ipe is a difficult wood to work, being extremely hard and dense, with high cutting resistance during sawing. Ipe also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. The wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tearout on interlocked areas. Also, Ipe can be difficult to glue properly, and surface preparation prior to gluing is recommended. Straight-grained wood turns well, though the natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes interfere with polishing or finishing the wood.

Common Uses: Flooring, decking, exterior lumber, veneer, tool handles, and other turned objects.

Comments: Ipe is a wood of extremes: extremely dense and durable, as well as extremely difficult to work. Its incredible hardness and strength make it well suited for flooring applications, though it is referred to as “Brazilian Walnut” among flooring dealers—though it is not related to true Walnut in the Juglans genus.
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