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Hi All,
I just finished assembling my new Woodpecker Router table with a DeWalt 618 router. I have also bought quite a few samples of exotic woods for me to start playing with my new toy, but I have a concern.
I have seen many, many articles about one exotic species or another with caution notes about the toxic dust from cutting or the danger of the dust or splinter on your skin, etc., etc. I'm too old to remember all the different woods that need cautionary cutting and handling so does anyone know of an article or pamphlet that would show each with the different cautions required for each species?
I am already cautious about the use of goggles and face mask but I am concerned about woods that need those extra measures of safety when working with them.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Hi George

I already know from personal experience that teak and sw. mahogany don't agree with me. Also that spalted timbers can give me extreme respiratory problems. There are a couple of good sources on the net, this leaflet has a list of timbers which can provoke a reaction on page 4 (including speciaes normally only seen in plywood) whilst this site contains a comprehensive list of "suspect" timbers

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Hi George

I already know from personal experience that teak and sw. mahogany don't agree with me. Also that spalted timbers can give me extreme respiratory problems. There are a couple of good sources on the net, this leaflet has a list of timbers which can provoke a reaction on page 4 (including speciaes normally only seen in plywood) whilst this site contains a comprehensive list of "suspect" timbers

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Phil,

Just looked at your suggested items and they were exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks very much! I'll hang those in my shop for quick reference whenever I'm thinking of buying some exotic or are about to work with one. Thanks again for the helpful input.
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Black walnut does it for me, I hate that stuff.
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Western Red Cedar, over time, can cause nasty allergic response. Drove a lot of shinglers and lathers out of the trades.
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Actually almost any wood, if not all, can be toxic to one or the other individual. Including woods such as pine and maple. Some people a certain type of wood won't bother at all, the next guy in line it will cause all sorts of problems to.

There is tons of info out there on-line. All you have to do is a simple search, using something like 'toxic woods' as a search subject. One or two of the South American woods can be even deadly to a human, if not treated properly and on time - these woods are not normally harvested, and if they are, special precautions are taken.

My preference anymore is wood native to my state, and that is the only wood I buy anymore, except for plywood; I'm not sure if plywood trees are native or not.
I particularly love popular wood. Free wood is always popular, no matter where it comes from.

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Theo is right. There isn't any wood dust or wood product dust that is benign. They can all cause problems. Use a dust mask and dust control with all of them.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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"I particularly love popular wood. "

I love the smell of popular in the morning!
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This is my go to site for just about all my questions.
Wood Allergies and Toxicity | The Wood Database
It seems as though I'm looking something up all the time there since they list workability and gluing and finishing ease.

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Great site, Roger, Thanks!!
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