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11-28-2012 07:57 PM

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ive been having a more worse then normal allery problem this fall, and im trying to figure out what is causing it, my last project was made out of walnut and there was a lot of sanding involved, is there anyone here in lumberjocks who know if walnut dust can cause such a problem..would like to hear of it if so..thanks…grizz

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 08:01 PM

Not sure about walnut dust but, too much hair on your face or wearing red dresses can both cause problems

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 08:02 PM


It certainly can. Walnut kills me. I love it but I just can’t stand it. No other wood except cedar has ever caused me such problems.


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

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 08:02 PM

well my beard is gone and i sold the red now what…its always good to get advice from a texican…

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 08:04 PM

One of the testers in Wood magazine suffered a severe allergy attack when testing dust collectors due to Walnut. It is not an unheard of reaction to that wood.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 08:05 PM

Walnut is pretty toxic. Plant a garden near the base of a walnut tree and everything will wilt – I know from experience. So my assumption is that the dust is bad for the lungs.

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 08:07 PM

From the USDA:

Black walnut produces a toxin, known as “juglone”, which inhibits the growth of other plants around it, thereby reducing competition. Juglone deprives sensitive plants of energy needed for photosynthate production. The symptoms of plants being affected by juglone include foliar yellowing, wilting, and eventually death. The largest sources of juglone on the tree are located in the buds, roots, and nut hulls.

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 08:09 PM

i hate the test of walnut and cough more than usual when i use it

-- Joel

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 08:11 PM

Walnut is beautiful but the dust can kill. Wear protection.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 08:12 PM

I’d watch out on that one, Grizz. It seems I’ve become borderline asthmatic and my doc thinks the wood dust may have triggered it. Various dust as you can no doubt see from my project page.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 08:43 PM

I also have problems with walnut dust more than any other. However I use precautions when i’m in the shop either cutting or sanding always. My dad told me during our “Father Son Talk” when I was a young boy “If you can’t afford the consequences use protection” . Parallels when working with wood too! LOL

-- Dale, Ohio

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 08:47 PM

Great quote from the “old man” to have in your head Dale. One sentence that can apply to every aspect of your life and would eliminate most problems we encounter if followed. May not have been intended in all of life’s meanings but your dad deserves a big Kudo regardless :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 08:58 PM

Now get back in that shop without the walnut!
Seriously, if you don’t have PERFECT (whatever that is) ventilation, wear a mask when cutting and sanding walnut.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 09:12 PM

Walnut dust is very toxic as are many other woods. Like others have said, use dust collection and wear a respirator type air filter. Problem now is you have dust settled all over in you workspace and it will be hard to get rid of it. This is one of the reasons I recently installed a shop air cleaner. It really helps.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 09:17 PM

I just got back to my shop after buying dust masks because I’ve been cutting up a lot of walnut. I haven’t had breathing problems, but it has been making my arms and face itch, so I know it can’t be good for the lungs. I’ll be wearing the masks from now on.

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 09:19 PM

Walnut is more of a sinus antagonist to most people than other species…

I was watching an interview with Norm Abram one day and he mentioned walnut dust as a potential cause for his need to have a sinus surgery performed..

-- Semper Fi

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