There is urea formaldehyde free plywood available and it may be easier
to find than you think.
Anything from Columbia Forest Products, one of Home Depots biggest
suppliers (and their exclusive hardwood plywood supplier in some areas),
is formaldehyde free plywood, so start at the BORG.
Here lately in our area, BORG hardwood plywood is often better than some
A-1 ply you'll find at twice the price in a lumber yard or hardwood
dealer, you just have to shop around and know the difference ... and it
runs in shipment cycles so you need to stay on top of it.
... and I buy a good deal of plywood. :)
IANAD (instead of the usual L :) ) but I'd wonder at least some about
formaldehyde being the irritant given the description--I'd think by that
time any outgassing has long since ceased and the more likely allergen
being molds/dust/etc. from the storage in a shed unless it was a
controlled environment which I'd gather it probably wasn't.
Just a thought...
Well, I feel pretty confident formaldehyde is a problem. The items I
previously mentioned were in a somewhat controlled environment --it was in
an outdoor "closet" attached to our apartment-which I loosely referred to
previously as a shed. Evidently the melamine and plywood hadn't outgassed
enough (nothing made with formaldehyde ever outgasses completely). I
haven't had trouble being around old pieces of plywood, like those in the
small barn I have now. I experienced some shortness of breath in school
working with watered down formaldehyde 30 years ago (no dust there).
I bought a Sauder bookshelf, put it in my office and it made me sweat like a
mad man (I have numerous lesser and similar examples like that, with other
brands of prefab furniture). When I walk into the Mennards or Home Depot, I
can "smell" the formaldehyde and I leave the stores with a shortness of
breath that last for at least a half hour. This "experiment" has been
repeated at least a dozen times. I visited Lowes successfully several
times, but on my last trip I walked through their "wood" area -- and bam,
same thing. Am also allergic to artificial sweeteners, most processed foods
(extracts--malt extract, yeast extract), anything with MSG, fermented foods
(such as sour-dough bread), and foods that are cooked too long (they release
"free glutamates"), and air fresheners. The number of places I can eat out
is extremely limited. Two of my worst reactions allergic occurred after I
hand-sanded a piece of melamine--and on a different day, the edges of a
piece of plywood.
IANAD either, but not a week passes that research and experiments on this
topic are not "forced" on me. Like when I use a bathroom that only has
It is conceivable that that some other chemicial in the glues besides
formaldehyde is affecting me. But, for all practical purposes, what's the
What's really worse is that period when you don't know what food additive
you have to avoid... Things got serious for me at age 39 (I think the
chemicals were always irritants, but I could ignore the symtoms well enough
> Am also allergic to artificial sweeteners, most processed foods
If you've followed this thread, then I thought you might enjoy hearing about
a brief conversation that my wife and I had today.
We were out driving around shopping, and knowing she had, I asked my wife if
she had seen the SawStop advertisement where the saw stops when it cuts into
I mentioned that the salesperson at WoodCraft thought that they were a good
idea and I asked her if she thought is would be worth $1000 or so for me to
buy a saw with the the Saw Stop safety feature.
Without missing a beat, she said, "You can't even eat hotdogs!". :)
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