Thailand lumber #1: Exotic crate lumber

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Blog entry by woodyjra posted 02-12-2019 08:03 PM 892 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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WE have a public warehouse in east Texas and they have vans full of crate Wood from Thailand. The wood is used to ship copper tubing to Taine manufacturing. Most of the lumber is in the 3×4, 4×5- 8’ . My woodworking club has decided it could be toxic so recommends not using it. I have built several Small tables and chopping blocks with it. It has a mahogany look but very strong. Has any one run in to this situation and has any one heard that this could be toxic?

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 08:49 PM

Crate/pallet wood from a foreign country could very well pose some health risks. I believe I would probably steer clear of using it for any possible food-contact projects at a minimum.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 09:15 PM

Might help to see a picture of it to help ID. I would also be concerned with wood boring insects. I was through Thailand when in the Navy and all they guys that bought wood carved stuff to take home found it was infested. I had to isolate and fumigate everything to keep the bugs off the ship.

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#3 posted 02-13-2019 11:35 AM

Some pallet wood is treated chemically for insect and rot resistance. As a rule, unless you know it is not so treated you do not use it for food contact items and use a respirator when working with it.

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#4 posted 02-13-2019 03:18 PM

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