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Blackie_

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05-14-2013 12:56 PM

I’m curious is to what woods claim to cause drowsiness as it seems there are times when I run into this. I know Wenge is on the list but that’s not the only wood I’m working with during the times I feel this effect or maybe it’s just coincidental?

Look forward to hearing if any at all.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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grizzman

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 01:24 PM

didnt you say you retired, i wood think your having an old age nap requirement…lol..i have not had any experience with sleepiness with any types of woods..ill be interested to see what comes up…

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Manitario

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 01:24 PM

turkey wood…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Wildwood

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 01:30 PM

You have to scroll down the list, to find wood, parts of the tree or dust associated with drowsiness. Unless missed it only found Peroba Rosa besides Wenge causes drowsiness.

Several of those symptoms listed could cause drowsiness too! People allergic to bare wood can also experience drowsiness in addition to symptoms listed there.

http://dave-wilcox.com/Woodturning/toxics.aspx

Not sure, there is a complete list of hazardous affects from parts of tree, sap, wood, and wood dust.

-- Bill

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Eric in central Florida

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 01:33 PM

“sleepy sapele”
or
“good-night green ash”
or
“bed time balsa”

That’s a few I’ve heard of…

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 02:11 PM

Maybe it’s just a lack of sleep and yes Grizz I am retired but not old enough yet to day nap :)

Bill thanks for that link and list great and useful info.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 02:25 PM

I am not sure what woods cause drowsiness…but my solution is having a recliner upstairs above my shop.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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ChuckC

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 02:27 PM

That explains why I make so many mistakes, the wood is making me tired and I can’t focus. And all along I thought it was me….

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 02:40 PM

That would also explain the sawdust-filled pillows that I have seen:
http://www.countrystitchesonline.com/catalog.php?item=1415

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 03:21 PM

Ha a good one Chuck :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 03:44 PM

Randy,

My impression is you have been in high gear doing your boxes for some time. You have had some innovative jigs and tools. Lots of energy! I use to take a nap at lunch time. 15 minutes. Probably needed it because I was up and ready to go til bedtime. My boss use to call it a “power nap” When my brain is fuzzy in the shop, I take 15 minutes and go back to work.

and I’ll look out for these culprits!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 04:13 PM

Thomas you are right about being in high gear, I haven’t posted near all of the projects I’ve completed in the past 2 weeks, still lots more to post, I just don’t like posting them on top of each other, post one and let it simmer a bit before posting another. :) Plus it gives me the chance to comment on others projects, I see it many times where members and that are on my buddies list are only focused on them selves not giving others the satisfaction to bask in glory for what they’ve accomplished, I’ve noticed this trend.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DS

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#12 posted 05-14-2013 04:29 PM

For me, it’s working with Maple that makes me tired—but only after midnight.
Wierd, huh?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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redSLED

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#13 posted 05-14-2013 04:31 PM

Cutting any wood after 8pm makes me drowsy which is a problem (and dangerous if table saw cutting) since having coffee that late will keep me from sleeping later – another problem – and can lead to more drowsiness the next day.

Otherwise I haven’t found certain woods to cause me drowsiness, yet.

If I wake up slumped over some lumber I will let you know ASAP.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 05-14-2013 04:44 PM

I’ve heard that walnut can cause drowsiness.
It’s supposed to be a mild narcotic.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 05-14-2013 05:01 PM

DS unless (pardon the expression ladies) you don’t pee standing up then you are doing it wrong men aren’t geared to be night owls.

Gene, that could be it, I work a lot of walnut and it was walnut I was working when I noticed it but I tried researching and couldn’t find anything on it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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