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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 11-12-2011 12:16 AM 793 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2011 12:16 AM

I’m still pretty new at woodworking but have been practicing making some wine bottle holders. I just bought two pieces of wood to make them for some friends. Both are 8/4’s. Got a piece of Afromosia and a piece of Sapele. I’m in Windsor, ON for 4 days and really have nothing to do so I found a local lumber store and picked these two pieces out. I really like the way they look. I also bought some Circa 1850 tung n teak oil to finish them with. I am really excited about getting back to Atlanta to start cutting these bad-boys out. I’m going to try to get as many holders out of them as possible while still keeping them thick enough to remain stable.

The guy I bought them from suggested that when cutting all exotics as well as walnut that I use a dust mask. He said that the dust particles could get in my lungs and “stay there”........ Not good as he said that they are poisonous!

Anyone have some suggestions working with these woods?

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 03:41 AM

I would always wear a dust mask when cutting an exotic you are not used to or are not familiar with.

I went to the hospital at 1:00 early one morning with blood running out of my nostrils caused from exotics I had been cutting all day. Don’t chance it.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 03:07 AM

Good advice, not because those two are “poisonous”, but the dust of any wood species can lodge deep in the lungs (very small particle size) and cause serious problems down the road. Having said that, some exotics such as rosewoods, teak, leopardwood, bloodwood, and many others can be allergenic as Randy said. Even common domestics as walnut and maple can cause serious problems in some people. Instead of waiting to see which woods affect you, wear a dust mask all the time.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 04:07 AM

Hold your breath and don’t breath.

Hey, I’m a good ole Jawgah boy myself. After you get through having all of that fun up there get yourself on back down here ‘cause we need all the help we can get.

BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 04:32 AM

Thanks guys! Yeah, I live in Cumming…. Just north of Atlanta. I am originally from S. Texas. I had some mesquite firewood that my father brought to me a year or so ago. I ended up sawing some of it up last week and ended up with some nice little boards!

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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