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What are the best substitutes when nothing labelled as "Denatured alcohol" can be found in your area?

I've found two products readily available in BC that one might not suspect to be denatured alcohol, but despite not having "denatured alcohol" written anywhere on the product, they are denatured ...
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Large hole filler products, what is available

I would use filled epoxy for this, it's probably the best thing going as it's very tough, bonds very firmly to the wood and can be extremely cheap. Possibly best of all you make as much as you need ...
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Is cedar dangerous for your health when used in indoor furniture?

Here is a link to a wood-allergy database. Two main things about wood allergens are stated: All inhaled wood dust is hazardous to your long-term health. This chart simply lists specific woods that ...
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Can anyone offer guidance on heating with wood waste from the shop?

You don't have to further process the waste wood you describe to make it a usable fuel, it's already in a form that will burn quite well :-) In essence if it'll fit in your stove you can burn it, ...
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Just realized our deck was built with CCA pressure treated wood, what shall we do to eliminate or reduce the harm?

In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: Don't Panic Arsenic impregnated wood is not that toxic. Obviously, you don't want to make a baby teething ring from it, and if I had to sand it, I would work ...
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Is shellac that has been dissolved with methyl hydrate (methanol) toxic, once dry?

Methyl hydrate = methanol. Also called wood alcohol. There is already methanol in most versions of denatured alcohol and in the general equivalent sold in the UK and elsewhere, and these are of ...
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Wooden Music Box oily and leaving residue on paper. is leaking residue toxic? bought in Salzburg, Austria from market vendor

There are a few likely contenders for the oil used on this but given the construction my money would be on it being a non-drying oil, specifically mineral oil or liquid paraffin (very similar to the ...
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Which solvents can be stored in which plastics? -- is there an organic chemist in the house?

In Asia, solvents are generally sold in glass beer bottles with plastic stoppers. It works well, though there is some diffusion through the stopper. Not enough to smell, unless you're storing ...
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Food safe potting/knot filling compound

According to their product info, Stonecoat Countertops epoxy is made of organic solids and is completely food safe when cured. In my experience, it is an excellent filler for wood, and I have even ...
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Is it necessary to cover all veneered particle board ends?

No, it's not needed. You can do this because you want to (for whatever reasons, even if only for aesthetics) but it's absolutely not a requirement. Waterproofing seems to be legit case. Only ...
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Just realized our deck was built with CCA pressure treated wood, what shall we do to eliminate or reduce the harm?

I found this: To protect against arsenic exposure, Warren recommends using oil-based semi-transparent sealant every two years. He explains they make a clear seal, but it is not recommended because it ...
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Can preservative-treated Douglas fir safely be used indoors (after planing the outer layer off)

Normally the answer to this is a "we can't say" as already indicated in the Comments, however, with the intended use I think one can say yes in this case. Given that the manufacturers of ...
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Is there lead paint on my 80-105 year old piano?

There is no way for us to know. But it is old enough that it is certainly a possibility. So your options are to either have it tested, or assume that is has leaded paint and take the proper ...
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Spoons from Pinus Sylvestris for my toddler son: is the wood's toxicity significantly harmful?

You won't be able to get a definitive answer on this because there isn't a single standard for toxic/safe. Bottom line really is that everyone makes their own determination of acceptable risk, what's ...
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What are the best substitutes when nothing labelled as "Denatured alcohol" can be found in your area?

Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) seems to be fine for shellac and isn’t as toxic as methanol. It should be freely available anywhere - I got it from a high street chemist in the U.K. years ago, or get it from ...
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Is shellac that has been dissolved with methyl hydrate (methanol) toxic, once dry?

Two additions to Grpahus's comprehensive answer: Skin absorption of methanol is also an issue (chemistry.se), so gloves should be worn. Latex isn't much good; nitrile and PVC are not much better but ...
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