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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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In October 2009, I cut and routed lots of Chinese plywood and didn't put on a dust mask until about half-way through the project. After that, I seemed to detect a constant smell of formaldehyde, but no one else in the family smelled that.

19 months later, my sense of smell is still "off" and one of the things I can't smell is skunk odor. I suppose that isn't the worst thing that could happen.

Has anyone else found a change in the sense of smell after working around sawdust, particularly dust from Chinese plywood?
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I have been around woodworking and/or working with wood most of my life. I have had my sense of smell decrease to the point that I can't even detect freshly cut cedar. I'm sure it is at least in part to woodworking, though I'm pretty sure that the allergies I developed in adulthood played a role as well, I noticed a big decline after I developed them.
BTW I have never been able to smell skunk... Lucky I guess in that respect.

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I've had not such trouble and I've been working with a large amount of Chinese Birch including doing router work.
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I'd hazard a guess whatever problems you have is likely an accumulation of life long junk.
I was an engineer for Uncle Sam with nearly 4 yrs of diesel oil, fumes and exhaust, a smoker for 19 yrs, heavy for the last 5, (quit in 88). I started in the construction trade in 1978 as a roofer at the time mostly hot tar and began house framing in 1981. I also began to acquire pollen allergies in the mid to late 90s.

Add in a few fist to face fights in HS and the service and too many to count drunken face plants, (mostly falling out of bunk and bed). Last but not least I've become scent sensitive, some smells worst of all cigarette smoke and perfumes are so over powering to the point that my throat closes up making breathing and swallowing very difficult.

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Skunk smell doesn't bother me.
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In October 2009, I cut and routed lots of Chinese plywood and didn't put on a dust mask until about half-way through the project. After that, I seemed to detect a constant smell of formaldehyde, but no one else in the family smelled that.

19 months later, my sense of smell is still "off" and one of the things I can't smell is skunk odor. I suppose that isn't the worst thing that could happen.

Has anyone else found a change in the sense of smell after working around sawdust, particularly dust from Chinese plywood?

I don't know how old you are but are you sure it's the wood? At 42, I became allergic to ibuprofin and aspirin. My eyes are fine though.
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Chinese ply has been known to contain toxic glue made with formaldehyde. Not that all of it is bad but some has gotten through to the US. Not saying this is your problem but it could be a contributing factor.
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I'd hazard a guess whatever problems you have is likely an accumulation of life long junk.
Ron's assessment is more accurate than one realizes. It's a known medical fact that the human body "changes" every 5-7yrs. What once didn't bother you, now does and vice-verse. Around my area, having your lack of "skunk smell" would be nice.

Not meaning to sound like I'm preaching but, I really have to ask why anyone wouldn't want to wear some type of respirator when doing woodworking? And no, not expecting an answer to question, just posing it.

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Not meaning to sound like I'm preaching but, I really have to ask why anyone wouldn't want to wear some type of respirator when doing woodworking? And no, not expecting an answer to question, just posing it. [/QUOTE]

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I know your not expecting an answer but...
In my case it's "Too soon old and too late smart"

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