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

Dust-Collection Devices:

Delta Machinery
800-438-2486
www.deltamachinery.com

Jet Equipment &Tools
800-274-6848
www.jettools.com

Grizzly Industrial
800-523-4777
www.grizzly.com

Penn State Industries
800-377-7297
www.pennstateind.com

Books and Supplies:

Lee Valley Tools
800-871-8158
www.leevalley.com

Hartville Tool
800-345-2396
www.hartvilletool.com

Woodworker's Supply
800-645-9292
www.woodworker.com

Scott Phillips is host of "The American Woodshop," which airs weekends on PBS.