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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 08:17 PM

Tom,

There are charts that list the toxicity of various woods.

http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/ is a good starting point, although it does not list leopardwood.

I have sensitivities to several woods, so I try to avoid them when possible, or else I increase my dust collection efforts when I work with them. I use a combination of a cyclone dust collector, an overhead air filter, and a face mask. I have heard enough bad stories about cocobolo and rosewoods that I may never allow them into my shop no matter how nice they look. It sounds like you should add leopardwood to your list of “banned” woods.

-- Steve


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