Iroko is an absolutely amazing wood species that boasts a number of massive benefits for outdoor projects, and it resembles teak both functionally and aesthetically. However, it’s a bit cheaper and more beginner-friendly than teak.
However, if you’re just starting out, it can be a little difficult to come up with ideas to use your iroko timber on.
To lend a hand and get you into the exciting world of woodworking, we’ve put together a list of our favorite iroko timber projects.
Pick up some iroko timber ASAP, and try your hand at some entry-level woodworking.
1: The Simple Standing Table
With a few iroko lumber slabs, an iroko post, and basic woodworking tools, you can make an elegant standing table for your porch or garden that will withstand the elements and make the perfect area for evening dinners for two, lazy afternoon reading, and more.
To start this one, the top can be made by laminating several iroko boards, while making sure to keep them as even and straight as possible, together. If you would like a round top, simply sketch out a perfect circle and pull out a jigsaw once the lamination is fully dried.
Securing the tabletop to the iroko post is as simple as adding a couple of 90-degree brackets, and a simple stand can be created and adhered to the bottom of the post with your leftover iroko board pieces; or, you can opt to permanently secure it into the ground via concrete.
2: The Garden Bench
If you want a comfortable way to relax next to your garden after a few hard hours of tending to it, or if you just want a place to sit and take in the fruits of your labor, this simple garden bench is a great option.
Create two sets of legs, one on each end of the bench, that meet at an angle to form a sturdy, reliable triangle. Then with an iroko board cut to the length you want the bench to be and at least two or three inches thick, mount the legs to both ends. A bit of sealant or paint, and you have a simple bench that shouldn’t take more than an hour to make.
3: Compost Bin
This one is probably the easiest, but if you’re into gardening, it can be a huge money saver. Simply use a sheet of iroko wood, or laminate several boards together, to create the bottom of the bin. With more iroko boards, build four walls roughly three feet tall, and create another laminated iroko piece for the top. With two hinges, you can secure the topper to create a functional box. Drill a few holes in the bottom to allow worms and insects to enter the box, and fill it halfway with dirt, leaves, and vegetative waste from your yard. After cooking your meals each day, you can toss the waste into the bin, and nature will create healthy compost for your garden.
Iroko isn’t as expensive as other popular hardwoods such as teak, mahogany, and similar woods. So, it’s cost-effective for beginners without sacrificing quality. Get creative after you’ve put together these three outdoor-oriented iroko projects, and you’ll find that it’s the perfect wood to kickstart your woodworking endeavors.