Hello to you all at knots. I usually post at Fine Homebuilding but as someone there recommended, this is probably a question for you guys.
I want to fabricate my kitchen countertops from Ipe. I am aware that there are some issues re suphurous dust and perhaps other nasty stuff from this wood. Apart from the milling in my shop, which has dust control, I wonder whether there are issues of toxicity from ipe if the wood is thoroughly sealed. The main food prep areas will be ipe as well as the sink area. Is there any problem with leeching of resins or natural chemicals such that foodstuffs can be affected? Also, what would be the best clear coat for this wood viv a vis the food issue and sink/water issues. I prefer a satin finish but fear that an oil finish will not seal off the nasty stuff sufficiently, nor, in the end, provide long term protection for the sink areas.
Thanks in advance for your input.