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#1 posted 03-06-2016 03:11 PM


Tropical and exotic woods tend to be more “hazardous” than other domestic woods. When I built some countertops with bloodwood, I took a few extra precautions.

These included, using dust collection on all milling operations. I used the shop vac with a HEPA filter to keep any dust that escaped the duct collector off of shop surfaces. . I wore a hat and long sleeves. I dusted myself off as best I could (including using the shop vac) before entering the house and I washed my hands and face when I was done for the day. I wore a NIOSH 95 dust mask and gloves kept the bloodwood away from my body. Of course wearing gloves during some milling operations is unsafe, so I took them off for these. When I completed the project, I emptied the dust collector bin and the shop vac to keep the bloodwood from mixing with dust over which I have less concern.

Were these precautions overkill? Probably, but I do not know. I developed no reactions to the bloodwood. This is because I am just not sensitive to bloodwood or the precautions kept me safe. Even if I am not sensitive to bloodwood, if I were to use it a lot I could develop sensitivity to it and who knows, that sensitivity could even then develop toward domestic hardwoods.

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