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my SIL can not be around most woods when sanding or sawing,
and I have ran into some that bother me, right now I do not remember what it was, or if it was some type of salvage out of a box or pallet wood, I was reusing.
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Yes, it happens. However, most times it is a specific family of woods and not woods in general. Black walnut, bubinga, and cocobola are the ones most cited, and those with walnut allergies quite often have no problem with cocobola, etc. One person I know and bought wood from was a sawyer, who developed severe allergic reactions to black walnut after several years of exposure to the dust. Problem was that it was the main wood he was making money on. He sold his mill, but continues to woodwork with other species of wood. People who work with reclaimed wood also have to be careful about some of the species of black mold that get into it. Most who have a reaction do fine wearing a respirator or dusk mask when working with the wood.
In most of the very few cases that I have witnessed where people have just quit working with it, there were other factors involved. Primarily, it was the wife who was "allergic" to the money and time spent woodworking, or the individual finding he had to actually know something or just lost interest after having bought all the latest/greatest tools, and no longer wanted to put forth the effort, not an actual medical condition. If he really discounted the tools, then he is serious about quitting for whatever reason. Take it for what its worth and jump on a bargain when it presents itself.
Lots of good information on this site. Well worth your time to surf the whole site.
BTW. I've been a member of the forum for over a year. Been content just to read the postings before, but I think that proper dust collection is a very important topic that all woodworkers should be aware of. Hope the site helps you.