Hi Woodworking friends,
What are the "rules to live by" when woodworking to avoid contact with "toxic gick"?
Goal: Minimize exposure to chemical hazards to humans while enjoying this great hobby of working with wood.
For example, I only use 100% natural oils when finishing my wood projects (walnut, tung, or raw linseed oil), but can I be sure that even those are not toxic to humans?
I enjoy hand-tool woodworking especially for bow-making. However, some projects require wood glues or hide glues.
How do you minimize exposure to VOCs of liquid products like glues or finishes?
In another case, I have some pieces of Yew wood that I'd like to work for my new bow build project, but the idea of Yew's toxicity holds me back from continuing the project.
Another, I hear certain woods like cedar can be allergenic or extended use of cedar overtime can create an allergy to it.
Lastly, a general rule I follow is , avoid using pressure treated lumber due to chemicals in the processing.
Can you share some guidelines that you set for yourself when woodworking?
I'm mainly asking about avoiding any toxicity, as opposed to woodworking safety precautions like how to use certain power tools.
I welcome your tips and tricks!