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    Working with Bloodwood

    I have a chance to buy Bloodwood at a reasonable price. But reading about the wood on the net makes me nervous about the toxicity and possibly skin irritations. I would like to hear from others what their experience has been working with Bloodwood.

    Thanks, DKT

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I have not had an issue with it but, I wear a respirator religiously.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA
    I've turned it for chisel handles and have used it in furniture (as decoration) without any problems. But I know that some people react to bloodwood.

    Ancora imparo
    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I have used with no problems. I like it. Smells nice while being worked. I rarely wear a mask. FWIW, I am sensitive to OO and Red Cedar dust. Blooodwood has not bothered me.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    I haven't use a lot of it but have not had any problem when I did.
    "We the People ......"

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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    I work with blood wood regularly and have had no reactions that I remember... I do wear a smock when I turn that covers my entire upper body except for the hands and face... I should, but am not good to wear a mask, but so far no reactions.

    Love the way blood wood turns and finishes.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

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    I built a 22 cabinet kitchen out of Bloodwood. I don't wear a respirator and it never gave any problems. It's hard on planer knifes. I went through 4 set of knives on the kitchen. I couldn't use my wide belt sander on it but sanded well with an ROS and pad sander. It routes and shapes well. It takes a bigger that normal pilot hole for screws. Had no trouble with gluing.

    There are some different species of Bloodwood. Do you know which one you're getting?

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