|At 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Con-way truck carrying our shipment of Ipe from Advantage Trim and Lumber pulled down the street. This should be fun!
I knew that this would be a lot of work, but this stuff is even heavier than I'd imagined! For reference, Ipe is of the tropical genus Tabebuia, and has a density very close to that of water. It is considered one of the most durable wood species available, and is often the go-to choice for outdoor wood installations that should last without intervention, including a number of boardwalks (Coney Island and Wildwood, for example).
From the SolidWorks model of the deck, I get an estimated mass of very close to one ton that must be unloaded from the truck and carried around to the back yard.
The first task is to unload everything onto the sidewalk, then the second part of the adventure will be carrying them around the house. And the fun begins! The driver was nice enough to help bring the boards to the back of the truck, and then I carried them over and stacked them on the sidewalk.
Twenty minutes later, it's all there.
Now, to carry everything those 240 feet around the house, including four turns that are not the easiest to negotiate with a pair of 16-foot-long pieces of lumber, each of which weigh in the neighborhood of 60 pounds! But, two hours later, here it is, all stacked and ready to acclimatize to our back yard (they say that we should let the wood sit for about a week to adjust to our environment before building). It's getting close!
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