How bad is it to breathe bone dust??

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  1. Denny

    Denny Member

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    I've been getting quite a bit of requests for bone nuts. Do you guys wear a mask when you make them?

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  2. John Mayes

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    I'm not totally sure, but I'd err on the side of caution and wear a mask. I do. I can see bone fragments being sharp and hard...not something you want in your lungs.
     
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    Hmm. Breathing in dust? How the heck does it get out if you breath it in? Count me in as a mask wearer.
     
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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    A simple, cheap dust mask, same as the one your dentist wears (teeth are basically bone), is all you need.
     
  6. Denny

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    Will do - just thought I'd ask

    Thanks

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  7. Ian Anderson

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    I think it's a pretty good idea to use a mask whenever dealing with dust or solvents.
     
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    Yeah - a mask all the way. That way you'll also look like a pro and be able to charge more :D
     
  9. Jack Briggs

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    Agree with all the above. Bone dust, as well as pearl and other shells, is some of most hazardous in a luthier's shop. Think of mesothelioma, only worse. This is what extended exposure to bone or shell dust causes - a very painful affliction. Calcification of the lungs is not a pretty thing.
     
  10. empty71

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    Man!!! I've been working on bone and exotic woods like cocobolo the past 16 years without any mask. Time to be wise and be protected.
     
  11. Denny

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    Yup!! thanks
     
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    Sissy, chop that dust into lines and snort it like a real luthier. :)
     
  13. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    What he said.
     
  14. JimH

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    absolutely mask.
     
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    "Snortin' bone or ashes never did me any harm!"
     
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  16. Chris Rice

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    I rough in my bones outside (man, it gets cold in the winter!) to cut back on the dust and wear a mask for all shaping that isn't by hand with sandpaper and files. Bone dust is not a good thing in your lungs (not much better when it flies in your eyes either!).
     
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    I hear that's how people turn into Wolfmans.
     
  18. Denny

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    Thanks guys - I get the idea.
     

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