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post #1 of 3 Old 09-18-2020, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Black Locust for Bread/Serving Board

Anyone know any reason why one could not use black locust for making a bread cutting/serving board. I know the bark, leaves, and beans are toxic but not the wood. The wood is really dense and seems like ti would hold up really well, but it looks a bit more interesting than maple. Thanks.

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I do not know whether it applies to finished wood products made from black locust, but I found this in the wood database:

"Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Black Locust has been reported to cause eye and skin irritation. Another (uncommon) side effect reported is nausea. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information."
(See black locust in the chart.)
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I'm about to plane down a black locust slab this weekend and I read that same bit in the wood database. My interpretation is that warning is not very exceptional relative to other species described in the wood database, but please correct me (before this weekend!) if I'm mischaracterizing the situation. IMHO breathing any sawdust is asking for trouble. I swear by using a good dust respirator.
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