IPE Wood Slabs – FSC® Certified is also available

IPE - Hardwood lumber products

IPE Wood Slabs

Everyone knows that IPE is the premium standard for exterior wood. Did you know however that it is equally as beautiful as a slab? Many of the slabs contain burl and have a yellowish sapwood. With the amount of figure one would think it would be hard to plane and sand but however it does take to machining pretty well. Finishing it can be tricky but can be done with some skill. Little to no epoxy work is needed to fill any gaps, cracks, or holes. Using high quality carbide is still necessary and will result in the best finished product lessening the overall workload. Outside of the high figure it rips and crosscuts without much grain tension. Make sure to seal the ends if it is going to sit for any amount of time without a finish. Being able to offer an Ipe table top to match the siding, decking, or flooring is an advantage most companies cannot offer. Only the highest quality logs that are sustainably harvested are selected to stay in slab form. The reason for this is two reasons. Slabs have the highest yield of any form and using the most wood is imperative to sustainable harvest A slab that comes from a lesser quality log will be prone to be slightly less stable. Not many companies have thought of leaving Ipe in slab form because of its high value as decking. We believe that offering some of our Ipe in the highest possible yield is imperative to keep our wholesalers competitive in an ever changing wood world. With our experience with Ipe as slabs, you can always be assured that we will supply you the very best. Give us a call or email us to see what we have available or what we are expecting to be available shortly.

Common Name:

Iron Wood, Lapacho, Brazilian Walnut, or Yellow Poui

Botanical Name:

Tabebuia spp.

Indigenous to:

Tropical Americas (Central and South America) it is also farmed commercially.

Modulus of Rupture:

 25,660 lbf/in2 (177.0 MPa)


Radial: 5.1%, Tangential: 6.4%, Volumetric: .68%, T/R Ratio: 1.3

How is it dried:

Info coming soon

Is it dried quickly:

No A slow kiln drying is recommended in order to reduce
defects, especially with thicker boards


Moderately Stable

Exterior Wood Recommendation:

Species covering the use class 5: Yes
This species naturally covers the use class 5 (end-uses in marine environment or in brackish water)
due to its high specific gravity and hardness.

Fastening Method:

Nailing / screwing: good but pre-drilling is necessary
Gluing: Yes (for interior only) with special techniques to reduce the oils
Note: Gluing must be done with care (very dense wood).

Ecosystem impact:

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, Ipe species grow in very low densities, with mature trees only occurring once per every (3 to 10 hectares) of forest. Though uncommon, certified sources of Ipe are available.

Toxicity and allergic reactions:

Skin irritant, headache, asthma, vision effects


Ipe has a very light mild scent while being worked.

Products we manufacture using this species:

Deck Tiles, Decking, Rainscreen, Dimensional lumber

Other common uses:

Cabinetwork (high class furniture)Sliced veneer

Furniture or furniture components


Bridges (parts in contact with water or ground)

Industrial or heavy flooring

Ship building (planking and deck)


Stakes Hydraulic works (fresh water)

Moulding Bridges (parts not in contact with water or ground)

Stairs (inside)

Heavy carpentry

Turned goods

Musical instruments

Tool handles (resilient woods)

Vehicle or container flooring

Hydraulic works (seawater)

Note: Filling is recommended to obtain a good finish.

Susceptibility to

Dry Wood borers:

Durable – sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)


Class 1 – very durable


Class D – durable


Class 4 – not permeableAgainst dry wood borer attacks: does not require any preservative treatment
In case of risk of temporary humidification: does not require any preservative treatment
In case of risk of permanent humidification: does not require any preservative treatment

Janka Hardness:

3680 lbf (25,860 N)