Generally, Ipe is a difficult wood to work since it is very hard, very dense, and has high cutting resistance. It also has a marked blunting outcome on cutting edges. This wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tear out on interlocked parts. It can be hard to glue correctly, so surface preparation before gluing is suggested. Straight-grain wood turns well; however, natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes hinder wood polishing or finishing.