I haven’t been spending too much time in the shop ever since i finished the Jellyfish Table.
I actually moved about 10 miles away from my shop so it is not as easy to “casually” do woodworking after work, after dinner, here and there on weekends, etc. My shop is on family property, so its not going anywhere. It takes me about 25 minutes to get there from where we are staying now. So I mostly go on a weekend day here and there.
I have been up to the shop a few times to finish some random projects that I started a long time ago. But three days ago I decided to make a small box out of some scraps of Maple and Lacewood. I spent about 10 minutes shaping a piece of lacewood on my stationary disk sander. That machine doesn’t have dust collection so I wore a respirator. But I am pretty sure that oily, exotic wood in the form of a microscopic dust particle PLUME is what set me off.
I have been paying for it ever since. I am itchy and rashy and puffy EVERYWHERE. The allergy seems to be evolving. I’ve worked with lacewood before without problems. But ever since the BLOODWOOD INCIDENT I seem to be getting more and more sensitive. Its not just Bloodwood anymore.
My puffy face after the bloodwood incident (it wasn’t quite as bad this time)...
I just have to be even more careful. I can’t do anything that puts fine dust into the air. I don’t have the power to run a dust collector, much less the money to afford a system anyway. Someday I plan to have a shop with machines that are vacuum SEALED for dust collection, and an OVERKILL central dust collection system.
But for now I just need to limit the use of exotic woods, increase my use of hand tools, and be hyper aware of every operation in the shop.
A woodworker who is allergic to saw dust. Freakin’ lame, man.
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