Jim Grant

Citizen woodworker preserves benches

@ Surfpuppy: Yes to maintain a rich wood look the Ipe will need periodic maintenance, most lumber in this environment will require re-treatment every 14-18 months. The City determined the wood " does not need to be sealed" That may be the case Ipe and all the hardwoods in that family line are very durable no doubt. The issue with the benches is they become unsightly , dirty , grungy and people treat them as such. When people see a piece of ill-maintained property they have little respect for it. So the refinishing makes the benches much more attractive. In addition despite the City claiming to know a lot about the Ipe , they made a couple critical mistakes: 1. They did not use a end sealer such as Anchor Seal. This sealer MUST be used on all end cuts and end grain that keeps or at least slows down the end grain splitting. 2. They built the benching with NO gaps between the boards. Both of these are critical mistakes according to all the information available when dealing with hardwood NEVER sandwich boards together. It was my intent to make the benching more appealing and as an added benefit slow down the aging process. It is beautiful lumber and I hated seeing it neglected. I was not trying to put the City on the spot or calling them out and will be filing out all the City paperwork to continue with the work. if anyone would like to spend a few hours in the sun enjoying the views they are more then welcome to join me in completing the last 4 benches. Thank you for appreciating the benching. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov...
— November 3, 2012 8:33 a.m.

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