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Cut ipe with a table saw to desired length, forming the planks that will surround the tub. (Use safety goggles when cutting the ipe to protect your eyes.)
Lay a bead of construction adhesive onto the floor where you will be putting the first ipe plank (Image 1). Set the plank onto the adhesive and push down firmly to make sure it is secure to the floor (Image 2). With a finishing nailer, secure the plank to the floor (Image 3). Install the planks one at a time. To start the next row, apply a bead of adhesive again and lay an ipe plank over it (Image 4).
Place a 1/16" spacer in between each board so they are evenly spaced along the floor. Continue to nail down as you go.
If desired, continue your ipe wood up the wall next to the tub (Image 1). Attach to the wall the same way you did to the floor. Once secured to the wall, nail a thin piece of ipe trim to both sides of the ipe planks to finish the look (Image 2).
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