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#1 posted 03-29-2010 04:37 AM

Well dust-breathers, I’ve got some answers.
Looks like the wood is Lyptus, a hybrid of two different eucalyptus species.
Got the lead on it at Woodcraft this afternoon.
I mentioned that it was dunnage and one of the workers said he’d traded for some from a granite shipper.
Turns out the wood is used often, but can have hazardous sawdust.
That’s for sure with what I’ve got.
Some of it (the heartwood) has no odor I can detect.
But if I work the sapwood I have to have the dust collector going, a fan blowing across the work table, and all three doors of the shop open. It smells like insecticide…hmmm a eucalyptus hybrid…that stuff stinks anyway.
I also surfed up the answer to the pesticide treatement I was concerned about.
The pieces are all stamped with IPPC, IN-055 MB.
MB is the key…Methyl Bromide gas…colorless, odorless, TOXIC.
Nice thing is it vaporizes out quickly, so no residue to worry about…just the sapwood dust.

Side note…got an old DELTA dust collector last weekend for $50 from the widow of a woodworker.
Almost new, runs great, just perfect for the Lyptus dust.

Making some military challenge coin holders, business card holders, and desk sets out of the lyptus.
Will post pics when I find that ‘round ‘tuit’ I’ve missplaced.

Time for bed.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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