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04-24-2012 05:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood allergy 13 ply 34 plywood question

I have a itchy- rash on my legs and told the dr. that I thought it might come from the 13 layer ¾ “ plywood I use. Looking at my past outbreaks it leads me to think that. Has anyone ever noticed a reaction from that type of plywood. I think it comes from china.. and does any one notice the sparks that comes when you cut it.

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 06:09 PM

There may well be silicone in the plywood this sometimes causes sparking as it is sawn. It is very sore on the blades too so be careful.I have never tried or heard of \Chinese plywood is it any good? Alistair

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 06:11 PM

Lowes and Big Orange both sell chinese PW

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 06:28 PM

I obviously don’t know what causes your allergic reaction, or if it is common or just you,however I would find it very believable that there may well be some strong chemicals living in the plywood itself find out more before you buy any more.Alistair

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 06:28 PM

I thought I saw some sparks on a sheet of particle board I was cutting but thought it was a fluke. Happened on a second sheet. I did notice a rash on the inside of my arm at the elbow twice. Can’t say if the first time was after the time I cut the particle board but the second time definitely was. Never connected the rashes to the board and I have one more sheet to cut so I’ll see what matches up.

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 06:37 PM

These are old links, but they speak of similar problems…

I think I’m going to be a lot more careful with my plywood henceforth – thanks for the potential heads-up

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 08:06 PM

I also found a metal washer laminated in a piece of ply. No tellin’ what else is in there. Kinda scary????


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#7 posted 04-24-2012 08:30 PM

I am sure if you request the MSDS sheets from the big box store where you bought the plywood, they would have it for you upon request.

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 08:44 PM

kinda makes you think twice about using a dust mask when cutting up cheap sheets from home dump, doesn’t it?

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 09:12 PM

If it’s the Luan or meranti plywood, that stuff can be very irritating to the skin. It can also be irritating to the lungs and mucus membranes. I cut quite a lot of that stuff in my Plymart/Edgewater Cabinet days. It makes good cabinet boxes, is resistant to rot.

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 12:51 AM

I had the same issue last summer from plywood at Lowes. It was hot and I had been building in the shop and was wearing shorts, after the second day my legs were very itchy, that night I was tempted to use a cheese grater it was so bad. After 2 weeks, I said this is serious, I went to the doctor, and he said it was an allergic reaction to something and gave me allergy medication, it helped a little but not too much. Eventually the weather got cooler and I was wearing jeans or overalls in the shop and the problem went away, when I told my wife, she said what have you been doing or eating different? Yes I am that slow it took a few days for it to occur to me it was the plywood. To be totally honest, even that didn’t really wake me up, it happened a few days later when I was building my composter and using pressure treated lumber, it was a hot day and I was getting dressed when I said to myself I need to where jeans because pressure treated lumber gives me a rash, DING, DING, DING. They say your body changes every 7 years so what you have a reaction to now, might go away, and what you don’t have a reaction to might rear it’s ugly head one day.

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#11 posted 04-25-2012 01:14 AM

the wood came from the state of il. surplus sale. These are the blocks I cut. I did 32 of them the scores on the top were with the blade set on a 45
Story has it that this material came from the Lincoln museum project where prisoners made furniture and fixtures for the building. Now our woodworking club with the help of some summer camp kids will make tic-tack-toe boards for the blind children at the Hadley school.

-- rf58, Illinois

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