I probably have the spelling entirely wrong.
But the point is - I'm building a mission style bed from Ipe for my son, and
I have to ask - what's the best way to finish it?
Oil - if so what kind of oil.
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Also, it seems that some pieces develop a small sparkly appearance on planed
and sanded surfaces within a few days after working. What's up with that?
I have to say that just wax does wonders. I turned some on a lathe and
rubbed wax on it while it was still spinning and the finish was great. I
don't think any varnish is any harder than Ipe...;~) probably would not
protect it much.
Lapochol in the pores (substance unique to Ipe, aka Lapacho). Eventually
develops a powder. I'd worry about that in indoor furniture--it causes
allergic reactions in some people. Stuff also turns red on exposure to
alkaline substances such as most cleaners.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
My experience with Ipe is that the yellowy powder that you are describing
is released when a new surface is exposed, such as then cutting or planing.
After the initial dust is wiped away or gone it does not seem to reappear
again unless the wood is cut or resurfaced again. I think also that it is
the yellowy dust that turns blood red when exposed to some liquids including
body sweat. I do not recall the blood red problem from the actual wood saw
dust or wiped off boards so much as the yellowy dust. Ipe is used
extensively for out door decks and I have never read or heard about any
problems with the boards becoming "red" stained from cleaning or body sweat.
The first time I worked with Ipe I thought I had severely cut myself because
of all the red on my hands on a hot day after resurfacing the wood.
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