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#1 posted 09-15-2011 03:16 AM

I was the same….never had a reaction….never even had a thought about it and I have worked with alot of different woods that I thought were worse – like silky oak, paduak and some very spalted woods.

I always use a respirator in the shop though as I have seen what constant exposure to micro dust can do to affect the lungs and heart but I have never needed to worry about the dust on my skin. I do usually wear a smock or coveralls…but this was to give me a bit of protectiion from flying debris….not dust.

So I cleaned up my shop (all the filters in the shop vac, the festool and my big DC…I put a new filter on my air cleaner…....that was all after I finished off the spindles that I had been turning (they were to repair a friends broken table).....I did all this while wearing a pair of Tyvek coveralls with the hood up and my triton respirator going full blast – Well for now so far so good – not even a twitch.

So hopefully there is a possible alternative for folks that want to use this wood (it is one on the best turning woods I have used) – I will see if I get so sensitivie I can’t touch the stuff…but for now…protective clothing and respirator seem to work great. Hope this info helps to head off the same problem for someone else and perhaps keeps them from an emergency trip to the medical center.

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