Dust to Avoid
Wood dust is hazardous enough for OSHA to identify it as a problem. In addition to long-term respiratory problems, exposure to some dusts can cause allergic reactions. Here are dust sources I try to avoid.
- Particles smaller than 4 microns.
- Wood dust from decayed or spalted (fungus-infested) material.
- Dust from naturally decay-resistant woods like redwood, Western red cedar, cypress, and Douglas fir.
- Dust from highly colored woods like cocobolo, ebony, rosewood, padouk, and ipe.
- Dust from domestic hardwoods like walnut, oak, and sassafras.
- Dust from pressure-treated lumber.
Sources of Supply
Jet Equipment &Tools
Penn State Industries
Books and Supplies:
Lee Valley Tools
Scott Phillips is host of "The American Woodshop," which airs weekends on PBS.