Just a word about Ipe
Just latley I have been geting a lot of mail from Ipe Customers going on and on about little things wrong with it after they get the shipment.
Ipe or any hard wood is not going to be perfect. Its going to have sticker marks,a few scraches, different colors, shiping color marks,the wax ends might bleed a few inches,its not perfectley smooth things like that.
This is Normal. The decks and samples a Person might google up have been preped. The samples have been selected for the picture. What you see is how ipe,or any other South American lumber,can look after corect install but its not going to look like that when you first open the bundle.
When buying s4s kd red oak the same is true its just that using that stuff the Wallet never sees it unil its been sanded,the bad spots have been cut away,and any inperfection has been hidden or used where they dont show. This is the trim carpenters Job.
Ipe has far less little things wrong than red oak back when I did cabanits/trim I would order 20% over at least for the job with ipe you never have to do that.
Now if the shiping Co buggers it up thats another thing and a person will have the right to get replacements from a lagit outfit like East Teak and they in trun have a calim against that Co. Sometimes the fool on the forklift can cause a lot of damage no matter how carefull the lumber co has been packing the shipment.
Lighten up on this. Most of the time all that is needed is a random orbit sander.Its Wood for crying out loud.
John Hyatt www.deckmastersllc.com