As woodworkers, we are in awe of exotic and unusual species of wood. We scramble to find the right project for this wood. However, not all woods are safe to use. Many species can trigger allergic reactions when exposed to these woods. Wood allergies can range from minor discomfort to life-threatening reactions. Here’s a Wood Toxcity Chart that you can download and print for your workshop. While it’s not an exhaustive list, it should give you a good idea of what to look out for. So, next time you work with a wood that you’re unfamiliar with, check the species against this chart. That way you know if you’re experiencing symptoms.
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