|Forum topic by Mendel314||posted 08-29-2016 01:12 PM||470 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-29-2016 01:12 PM
Hello everyone. I have recently become interested in woodworking and signed up for a fine woodworking class for the fall. I have bought some beautiful pieces of different hardwoods to play with, and a pretty nice set of hand tools, which I am really excited to learn how to better use. The facility where I will be learning is a very well equipped place with every power tool imaginable, and a correspondingly well thought out dust collection system. I have a few questions about working at home, however.
I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my wife. We chose this place so I could use one bedroom as my dedicated workshop (she’s the best). I’m an engineer by profession, but I come from a family of doctors, so before I take up a new hobby, I like to know all the risks and how to best mitigate them.
1. If I exclusively use handtools at home – planes, chisels, hand saws, etc, how worried should I be about dust colection? Naturally, I am drawn to the more beautiful woods, many if which are rosewoods, which I have read can be quite allergenic. If I don’t use power tools, and only sand wet, am I still generating enough fine dust to be dangerous?
2. I have been poring over the literature that details wood allergies and the most toxic species, but I havent really come across a list of woods that are generally safe. For instance, on wood-database, you can find a species and it will occasionally just say “apart from normal woodworking risks, no additional dangers have been associated with this species” or something like that, but there isn’t anything I have found that lists woods like that. I’d love to get started at home with safer woods, but it’s hard to find many that are both safe and beautiful.
I’d appreciate any insight from some of you that have already given this some thought, or might be aware of resources I have missed.