Quantcast

African IROKO

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

Badger Al

New member
Joined
20 Feb 2019
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Location
Cardiff
Hi , anyone know if African Iroko can be used for chopping boards just purchased a job lot so I thought I'd make some chopping boards though I have heard it's a poisonus wood so not sure about it .
 

ED65

Established Member
Joined
3 Dec 2015
Messages
3,593
Reaction score
0
The main concern with all woods that are potentially toxic is your safety when working it, rather than to users of the finished article. But that said, iroko is known to be particularly irritating. If in doubt don't use it.

HSE document on toxic woods if you've not seen it, http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/wis30.pdf
 

Trevanion

Greatest Of All Time
Joined
29 Jul 2018
Messages
3,773
Reaction score
548
Location
Pembrokeshire
I think Iroko is one of the main timbers you can get kitchen worktops in besides Oak.

Main thing with it is the dust which is pretty nasty stuff, not sure if the oils in the timber are toxic or not.
 

Phil Pascoe

occasional purveyor of blunt tools.
UKW Supporter
Joined
29 Jan 2012
Messages
19,510
Reaction score
483
Location
Shaft City, Mid Cornish Desert
For decades the restaurant in the hotel where I worked used iroko boards for planked steaks - they were about the only wood that didn't split when left under a grill and soak up everything put on them. I never heard a complaint or knew them to cause any problem. Whether it could be done today is of course another thing.
 

woodbloke66

Established Member
Joined
17 Sep 2018
Messages
1,126
Reaction score
2
Location
Salisbury
ED65":prf7c29v said:
The main concern with all woods that are potentially toxic is your safety when working it, rather than to users of the finished article. But that said, iroko is known to be particularly irritating. If in doubt don't use it.

HSE document on toxic woods if you've not seen it, http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/wis30.pdf
Absolutely. It's horrible, nasty stuff to use and I for one find the dust irritates my hooter and tubes, but once it's been made into something it's brown and bland and ought not to cause any problems. Good also outdoors - Rob
 

Latest posts

Top