I am using old wood from a 1932 schoolhouse for craft projects. It is not painted. How can I make sure that it is safe?
The wood is 2x6
Safe from what exactly???
If you are worried that it had lead paint on it before and it absorbed some, use a lead check swab. There are numerous other tests for all sorts of other chemicals it may have also been exposed to, which a lab will be glad to test for.
Quite simply, wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) applicable when working on it.
- This generally means safety glasses and gloves at all times; some even say long sleeve shirt.
- And use a respirator when it comes time to sand, grind or saw it.
For more information:
Read "I'm interested in building kitchen cabinets out of reclaimed barn wood. Is this safe?" a Q&A answered by Ryan Flegal.