|Forum topic by Nick_R||posted 09-28-2013 07:40 PM||694 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
09-28-2013 07:40 PM
I have some good friends that bring me lumber or wood whenever they come across something they think is either nice or has a back story. I usually take the lumber and the story at face value and then I will make them something out of a portion of the wood to thank them for the effort and encourage them to keep looking..
Recently, a friend was working in an old historic courthouse that was undergoing renovation. Many of the original floor and ceiling beams are being replaced and he brought me a pine board 2 1/8 thick, 10” wide and 5’ long. The courthouse is just over 100 years old and the assumption is these boards are close to the same age.
I started working with it yesterday and as expected it is very hard, but it was kinda oily.. Not dripping but you could feel in on your fingers. It also had a kind of pine/something else smell. The wood is beautifully grained and very yellow in color on the inside, aged and gray on the outside..
So…. this long story is to try and figure out if this wood could be dangerous.. in the way that maybe it was soaked in some kind of termite treatment or something to protect it back in the day.. Not sure what the standards were back then or if I should be concerned at all. I used a N90 respirator mask once the smell hit me, but still is this type of wood problematic for woodworkers? besides the nails of course.
Any opinion or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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