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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-20-2012, 02:14 PM
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goggles and face mask
Hearing protection?
To follow the thread, I have found that it is an advantage to wear a quality mask or respirator when doing any kind of woodworking. I build custom fishing rods and the cork dust can be powder-fine with fine sandpaper. DC is a must, also.

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As someone has already mentioned, its not so much about specific wood dust being a problem, its pretty much wood dust in general.
Some are much worse (I have a bit of Greenheart kicking about upstairs and noticed its dust is one of the worst) than others but none of them do you any good and are best avoided via dust masks, or air fed masks in some cases.

Its one area where the good old handplane comes out well as it doesn't raise dust.
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Cocobolo in particular is notorious for many people having an especially bad reaction to the dust.
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Another factoid to make you think:

Red Cedar.

Green/wet Red Cedar, it is acidic enough to eat away carbide teeth. Sterite teeth, even though not thought of as "quality" are preferred because they are not eaten away by this.

Dry/seasoned Red Cedar, the acidity goes down enough to use carbide teeth, although it is still somewhat corrosive.

Dry red cedar shavings, even though known to repel insects, when used undiluted as animal bedding has been known to eat away and burn the soles of horse's and canine's feet. If used in animal bedding, it is usually diluted by using a small portion of cedar mixed with a larger amount of fir or pine shavings.

That is also why the dust from Red Cedar is known to be a respiratory irritant.

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I don't care for any wood dust and use a respirator 75% of the time, but learned the hardway recently with working Western Red Cedar. Not sure it's toxic per say, but it sure messed up my lungs and sinuses for a week or two and I don't have a single allergy and rarely get ill, sick, etc. WRC is just a nasty dust for some reason.
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I would refer you to a thread and its first post by Curious George on Toxic Wood, on 10-10-2008, that includes a .pdf of toxic woods.

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Hey I just want to say. I work in a lumber yard we use rough lumber from poplar red oak white oak to sapele we also make s4s surface all 4 sides. And I have sign on my wall saying.
CAUTION wood dust my cause cancer and other heath issuse. but none use use a mask cause i find them uncomfortable.
I'll try to take a pix of the sign.
None of the lumber we use bothers me, we had a few guys that couldn't touch spanish ceder.
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