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Old 07-09-2008, 10:28 PM
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Default treated pine = BAD

I grabbed a 2X4 that was 3.5" long and drew a greenman on it. (I actually found a pattern finally)... got the outline cut out, started to dig it out and SNAP... First exacto blade popped... Inserted knew blade, tried again, got halfway round and SNAP...

No more blades will be wasted.

Luckily, I have around 30 blades left, that I still have from many years ago when I made model airplanes.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:36 PM
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Default Re: treated pine = BAD

If it's treated pine, as in it's the green-colored stuff used for outdoor decks or flower garden borders, I hope you're wearing a dust mask when you carve it. The chemicals used to treat the wood are highly toxic, and so's the dust from it. Breathing this stuff can definitely ruin your day...

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Old 07-09-2008, 11:45 PM
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Default Re: treated pine = BAD

yeah that stuff. It's really old. we had it before we moved up here, which was 6 years ago, so I'd say it's at least 7 years old. It was just a chunk left over, so I thought I would try it out... Didn't put out any dust that I could see. broke 2 blades and I gave up on it. it's in the trash now.

Won't be trying treated wood again. lol
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Even handling it with direct contact with skin isn't such a great idea. Don't know how many kids play ground sets were taken down because of that. If you read the labels you shouldn't smoke,,eat,,drink or do anything short of washing your hands before you do anything else after just touching it.
Bury it in the ground,,fine,,carve it,,never. Besides that type of wood just isn't worth it,,treated or not.
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