Breath Easy or the Plane and Simple Truth About Needing a Respirator

Wood dust is harmful.  Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer.  This is why I love wood planes.  Machining your timber with routers, grinders, sanders and other mechanics is loud, dirty and significantly raises the risk of health problems.  I much prefer to hear my music or the birds outside my shop then loud electric mechanisms.  I encourage anyone who desires to work with wood to pursue and understand fine handtools.  In many cases vintage or heirloom tools are still available for very reasonable prices.  Hand tools often last a lifetime (or more).  While some hand tools might seem expensive; the truth is they are the most affordable way to process your timber into your vision.  They are great for you and they are great for the environment around you.  Wouldn't you rather sweep up a pile of shavings like this then wear respirators and ear protection?  It's your skin and lungs! If you would like scientific information about the health effects of exposure to wood dust this is a fine place to start