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Wood Toxicity

Most woodworkers realize that over time, wood dust can cause many of the same lung problems as asbestos. But some woods have developed their own protection against insects, microbes, fungus, and even other competing plants. These defences, usually in the form of an irritant or toxin, carry over to the lumber used in woodworking projects. Not every person responds to these woods the same way, but the attached chart highlights some woods that you might consider taking more precautions with.

Toxic Wood Chart


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