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Health Hazards Of Various Timbers, Comprehensive List

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All wood dust is carcinogenic. Period. Some may also be toxic, or an irritant/sensitiser due to specific properties (and physical sensitivities), but none of it is healthy, and there's a reason dust collection and airway protection should be among the first purchases for any woodworker making dust. I suppose using only edged tools minimizes damage, but still.

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I make a habit of wearing dust masks during all sanding. Hand sanding, belt sanding, all sanding.

If I don't I can feel it in my chest later on and it's not a good feeling. A simple dust mask might look stupid - but who's going to see you in your own shed?

I have one other guy that works in my shed semi - regular and I also suggest he wear one too.

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