Regarding a butcher's block made from Ipe Dave wrote:
I've worked with many different exotic hardwoods and I'm not bothered by many of
those which cause common allergic reactions. Ipe is an exception. If I breath
Ipe sawdust I feel like I've contacted pneumonia. This reaction lasts for about
two weeks. Since I've figured out the cause I now wear a respirator that is
certified VOC compliant when working with Ipe.
Personally, I'd think twice before using IPE for a butcher's block.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for, and actually halfway
expected based on the "unique" smell Ipe sawdust has. Too bad for me... I
have a cheap source and it seems to have all the other characteristics
necessary. I had a similar experience making pistol grips from rosewood,
and just don't mess with rosewood any more.
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