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Feb 28th, 2018 at 7:44pm
 
Hello all.  Only been turning about a year.  Started out making my own turkey calls then pens and now have the bowl/plater addiction.
Was wondering if there are certain species of wood that I should most definitely wear a respirator for.  I currently have no form of dust collection in my garage.  I generally turn wet wood and dust is not a problem.  I have turned a few dry pieces of black walnut and Osage and the dust was horrible.  Again just wondering if there are some species of woods that can actually be dangerous?
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Reply #1 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 7:59pm
 
Yes, Here is a wood toxicity chart
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Reply #2 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 8:20pm
 
Thanks Ed
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Reply #3 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 8:34pm
 
in a nut shell tho do you really want any of it in your system?  when im grinding turning or milling its on me less its less then a min. of tool time (3M respirator )
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Reply #4 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 7:40pm
 
After seeing chart of toxicity I am all in for a good respirator.
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Reply #5 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 11:47am
 
Some take a while to bother you... I don't turn walnut any more, or mimosa/silk tree. Generally the stronger it smells, the worse it is for you...

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Reply #6 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 1:37pm
 
Again... how  are you going to remember what wood you turned if you don't have the colored boogers to show for it??? Shocked

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Reply #7 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 3:15pm
 
Thanks for the link Ed.
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Reply #8 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 5:57pm
 
So far, i'm still good with walnut and LOVE the smell!!! Thumbs Up


Then again,  I used to be able to pull poison ivy out of the ground and not react. Now, after 30 or so yrs, i'll get a mild reaction to it. Shocked

I DO react to Metformin quite intensely!!! Shocked
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Reply #9 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 8:01pm
 
Wise to use a respirator!
The chart of toxic woods should be something we all look at.
Even though you may not react initially, there are some reactions that take some time to start.  It depends on the immune system of the individual.  When there are quick reactions, it's easy to figure out the cause.  In the case of some folks I've cared for, it took a bit of digging and lots of questions to figure out their particular respiratory problems--triggered  from the woods they worked with.
Also some woods do harbor some bacteria and fungi that when inhaled--do not do good things in your lungs. in those instances most docs will miss the initial diagnosis because the onset isn't immediate--sometimes specific tests then antibiotics or antifungal agents are needed.  We (woodworkers) know that spalting is caused by the action of bacteria and fungi in the wood---bottom line:  Take care of your lungs!
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Reply #10 - Mar 3rd, 2018 at 2:52pm
 
I have asthma and the dust bothers me. I dont turn, sand, or cut on any saw unless Im wearing a mask.
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Reply #11 - Mar 4th, 2018 at 10:01pm
 
Me and several friends found out that red-line spalt in sweet gum will put you in the hospital!! Several other spalts and species of wood will do the same. Several years ago a turner in Cal. was killed by Silky oak and another hospitalized by it. I turn 18" in front of an exaust fan for my sinuses ect.  Because of dust and lacquer spray as well.
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