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Forum topic by Oji posted 06-09-2012 05:45 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2012 05:45 PM

Last year I purchased some 3/16” 3 ply from one of the borg stores. I used it to wall in my shop. It was cheep and really looks good.
I had lots of left over pieces and used them to make ornaments with my scroll saw. I developed a bad congestion and cough from the fumes or particles from that stuff. My condition cleared up a week or so after I quit cutting that wood and returned right away when I cut some more so I think it is the problem.

Another problem is that I still have lots of it and it makes great cutting on the scroll saw and other projects. I don’t want to throw it away.

Is there a half face canister mask that will filter out the “crap” in this wood? I’m so dern cheep I make my self sick, literally.

Thanks for the answers.

-- Oji's cave in Tucson

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 06:15 PM

I suspect you’re putting our face close to the work. I know
I tend to when I use a scroll saw.

It’s probably fine airborne dust that is messing you up. You can
do several things about it like using a fan to blow it away,
a dust collector to try to capture it, and a variety of masks
from simple nuisance masks to full-blown Darth Vader type

Question is how much do want to spend?

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 07:33 PM

probably will spend around 50 dollars. I used to work in a chemical factory and had to wear complete fire coverall and full face respirator with supplied air.
I am only thinking a half face with chemical/dust canisters but know that some of the canisters work for different substances.
Just asking what is preferred around this site.

-- Oji's cave in Tucson

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 07:43 PM

Hey, Oji.
I bought a Multi-Purpose Respirator from Woodcraft for around $35 that meets OSHA and NIOSH requirements. This mask also uses the general pancake style filters for replacements if all you are worried about is dust. I use mine for both woodworking and grass cutting due to my alergies. I haven’t had any respiratory problems since I have started using it.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 08:39 PM

Oji, from your work experience I think you know the answer. I did 20 years in refining, so I also had to wear a lot of different types of respirators. I have my old MSA half face respirator that I use in the shop with dust cartridges.

If the pricing is the same a combination organic vapor and dust cartridges couldn’t hurt, but I tend to agree with Loren that it’s the dust that’s getting you (if it’s vapors, the organic cartridge should cover you.)

-- John

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 10:19 PM

You might look into this one:

I haven’t tried it.

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