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Forum topic by Branceatx posted 09-13-2020 04:31 PM 427 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2020 04:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber identification wood question safety pressure treated

Hey y’all,

I snagged some free wood on Craigslist to turn into cutting boards for the family but didn’t think about the possibility it was treated. It has a slightly green tint and streaking through it and the stamps say “SPIB Premium RED KD19 HT”

Any suggestions on how to ID this?

Thanks for any tips!

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#1 posted 09-13-2020 05:02 PM

it looks treated, cut a piece and if it has a similar tint inside, it is probably treated. Thats my opinion, better safe than sorry

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#2 posted 09-13-2020 05:13 PM

i would not use that for cutting boards,looks to be a soft wood and you want a hardwood like maple or cherry.

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#3 posted 09-13-2020 06:09 PM

Green tinted wood contains CCA – the A is as in Arsenic. Arsenic doesn’t flush out of the body and when the cumulative dose is high enough, you die.

The sawdust from cutting CCA should be treated as HAZMAT and not allowed to reenter the environment.

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#4 posted 09-13-2020 06:40 PM

Arsenic doesn t flush out of the body and when the cumulative dose is high enough, you die.

- Madmark2

However if it was Iocanine Powder, Wesley showed you can build a tolerance.

Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?

Now, do they use Iocaine in treated wood????? Ahhhh probably knot, but any day you get to see even part of The Princess Bride, is a good day. :-)

I’m with pottz.

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#5 posted 09-13-2020 07:03 PM

Thanks y’all!! Appreciate the input. Better safe than sorry for kitchen things I suppose. Doing otherwise would be INCONCEIVABLE!

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#6 posted 09-13-2020 07:25 PM

Old treated is CCA. New is different, but still not safe for cutting boards or food contact. I wouldn’t even use it for the top of a picnic table.

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#7 posted 09-13-2020 08:14 PM

quick google told me:

SPIB – Southern Pine Inspection Bureau grade mark
R.E.D. – Radius Edge Decking
KD19 – kiln dry to 19%
HT – heat treated to kill pests

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