|Forum topic by Dan||posted 1036 days ago||2837 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
1036 days ago
I would love to know I am not the only one here.
Yesterday I was running some Mahogany boards through the planer and after a while I noticed that the tips of my fingers had turned a blackish color almost like they would look after touching a bunch of newspaper. They also had a bunch of little black spots.
I have had the same reaction when working with Red Oak and Walnut. The spots and color usually only appear when there is a lot of direct contact with the wood dust. Most of the time I get the reaction when sanding or planing the wood. Just touching the boards does not cause a reaction.
The black spots and color do not wash off and the finger tips will return to normal color by the next day.
I am sure this is an allergic reaction of some kind but I was just curious if anyone else has had this happen to them. I guess I just want to know if its somewhat common or if I have this super rare reaction to these woods.
I have no other allergic reaction symptoms other then the discolored fingertips. I do avoid a lot of contact when working with these woods but sometimes you cant avoid it.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"