Characteristics of Kingwood
It has a very beautiful grain to it. My question however is this, is the dust hazardous? I have tried to research this lumber on the web and have found very little information on it. Is there anything else I need to know before working with this stuff such as shrinkage and gluing?
From contributor W:
I think if you are not super allergic to wood dust these exotics wont bother you anymore that anything else, although the dust will "smell" foreign to you. Just be cautious at first to see how or if it affects you. I don't think waiting until you experience an allergic problem is good advice. Researching a particular species, and wearing a top notch respirator (not a dust mask) when species info isn't available would be the prudent approach.
From contributor P:
I've worked with plenty of kingwood. It is very nice for fine furniture, reproduction work and small items. It would be the last wood I would use outdoors however. It is stable in small pieces that are well fitted and finished. It is prone to checking, cupping in anything wider than two inches. It will darken in service and it is very expensive and it will be a shame to use it for a bench. Scraping is better than sanding due to the oil. Wear a dust mask, or even a respirator. Everyone reacts to the dust differently, so beware.
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