How to Build a Curved Ipé Garden Benches
Clamps and lots of screws put a bend in this dense and durable wood.
Synopsis: Ipé is well known as a beautiful and durable wood for building decks. In this article, however, carpenter Trip Renn uses it to build a pair of curving benches that soften the hardness of a stone patio. Ipé is an incredibly dense wood, and Renn explains how he built simple benchtop forms to bend the ipé and how he screwed the boards together, forming a permanent bend. Locally made stainless-steel brackets hold the benches to the patio, while creating an airspace below the legs to enhance their longevity.
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