I built a coffee table for the deck last year and of course, it is
holding up extremely well. Now I want to build a picnic table out of ipe.
All of the plans I see for picnic tables call for 2x lumber. They also
all call for some sort of softwood lumber, doug fir, cedar, treated
southern yellow pine, etc. I *could*
build an ipe table out of 2x
lumber but I didn't win the lottery this month (~$450 to build from
2x4's) and I'd like to use 1x6 decking for the flat surfaces.
Ipe's bending strength is about twice that of doug fir (22.5 kpsi vs.
12.4 kpsi), according to http://www.forloversofwood.com/ipe/tech.html .
Can I assume then that I can use the 1x6 material for the flat surfaces
(seats, table top)? Should I consider some kind of bracing other than
that usually used?
Thanks in advance,
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