Walnut Workability?

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I too will be working with some walnut in the near future. When you say a decent tight fitting dust mask, do you mean one of the white 'paper' dust masks or do you mean a cartridge type respirator?
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On Wed, 17 Jan 2007 00:07:39 GMT, "Highland Pairos"

Respirator for sure, unless you like dark brown snot for a week or so after your done.
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"Highland Pairos" wrote in message

Impossible to predict/say, since each and every case will be dependent upon the individual woodworker him/herself.
I do seem to have an allergic reaction to at least one aspect of walnut (the smoke), but a good "paper filter" type dust mask is all it takes to make the problem disappear for me.
As always, YMMV ...
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The dust carries the irritating chemicals in it. Deflect the dust and you should be good. Start with the most comfortable option and escalate as needed. Tight fits aren't usually necessary, as you don't develop much vacuum on inspiration.
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On Wed, 17 Jan 2007 00:07:39 GMT, "Highland Pairos"

I mean a cartridge respirator, but if a paper mask is what you've got, it's better than nothing.
One or two exposures to walnut dust are unlikely to do much to you unless you've got a specific allergy to it, but it's more toxic than some other woods, and avoiding breathing the dust as much as possible is a good idea. From what I understand, it is one of those that you'll eventually develop a reaction to with repeated exposure, similar to cedar.
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You may be fine with the dust as it has different effects on some people. I notice nothing but I always stand between the project and a fan when sanding.
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Thanks for all the advice. When I start on it, I will make sure all the dust control measures are working and start with a mask and move to a respirator if necessary.
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I have made a number of projects using Walnut and really like the finish it has. I uses tung oil/linseed oil to really bring out the grains and different colors. The only problem I had is finding dark walnut that does have allot of sap wood(white,gray) on the edges, I would take along a some water and a small plane to see what you have unless it has already been planed.

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