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Mark

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336 days ago

Evening all. I’m making a console table, mostly Cherry but with some Walnut for accent. I have noticed my hands pick up a bit of a dark stain, mainly on my fingers and a bit on the palms. I first noticed this when I built my cutting board (Maple and Walnut) and the walnut sawdust stained the white maple. I assume I’m not gonna grow a third eye or anything like that???? Any thoughts? Thanks.

-- Mark


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 336 days ago

Happens to me too. Walnut and white oak get them black. Hard to get it off too. I believe it is the tannins (sp?) in the wood.

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camps764

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#2 posted 336 days ago

Same here. I’m currently doing some arts and crafts furniture in walnut…constantly looks like I have dirty hands.

Every day when I go to my day job in corporate America I feel like Edward Norton in Fight Club when he shows up to work all beat up.

It usually wears off my hands after a couple of days out of the shop.

-- Steve

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shampeon

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#3 posted 336 days ago

Lemon juice, guys, or vinegar. Or, my secret tip, Barkeeper’s Friend. The acid takes out the tannins.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 336 days ago

The higher the moisture content the worse it gets. I am using some at about 6% and no problem but just pick up a freshly dropped waltnut with the outter shell just darking and hands get really black. Thanks shampeon, I
ll heed your advice next season. As we have 5 large trees on our property to contend with their production of nuts each fall; and my hands look like farret feet.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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JAAune

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#5 posted 335 days ago

Tannin + iron = blackish-purple stains.

Walnut is very high in tannin and many woodworking tools have iron parts. Doing work with walnut almost inevitably causes purple stains on the hands. I suspect there’s iron content in people’s sweat too.

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#6 posted 335 days ago

There was another discussion about this a while back:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26806

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