Has anyone in this group worked with Lyptus lumber. I have 350 BF of
this stuff and I am just now ripping it on the bandsaw. It creates
such a fine dust that it's getting into my eyes and nose through the
dust mask. My mask is high end and is the same one I use to spray
Acylic paints. The dust is irritating the hell out of my sinuses and
my eyes feel like they want to close up.
Is it just me or have others here gotten the same symptoms from the
Lyptus dust? Or maybe I have an allergy. Or maybe there is a write
up on the wood's toxicity. Or maybe it's just me.
I find lyptus dust rather annoying but a respirator (not just a dust mask)
does it for me. The real fun is when you build something with this stuff.
Dimensional stability is not it's strong suite. Don't cut to size, fit
joints ect and let it lay around. It will move enough to make you think you
screwed up. Fit and assemble in short order. I don't know what will happen
to furniture made from it over the long term. Going to have to wait and see.
I won't be using any more of it.
A good many of the tropical wooods will cause
severe reactions to the dust. I bought a
couple thousand board feet of african wood
at an auction and I have found that it is
extremely nasty in a dust form.
You can develop some very severe allergies to
some of these woods.
Any wood that can be left outdoors and not
attacked by any known insects including termites
is a pretty risky to work with.
Do you by chance know if that problem extends to "African Mahogany"?
My hardwood dealer has this, and it's significantly less expensive
than Honduran Mahognany. I'm in the process of planning a project
and may have to rethink it if the African Mahogany is going to be
something that produces dust that could cause an allergic reaction.
Many African tree species go by the name "African Mahogany." Most of
them are reported to cause mild allergic reactions in significant
percentages of those who work with them.
Buy a piece, make a bird house, and see how you fare.
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