Red, itchy skin. Swelling. Blisters. Asthma. Headaches. Rapid pulse. If you've experienced any of these symptoms after working in the shop, you could be suffering from an allergic reaction triggered by the chemical compounds found in certain woods. David H. Jones, woodshop manager in the Department of Wood Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., explains what symptoms to look for, which woods are most prone to causing allergic reactions, and how to minimize the risk.

From Fine Woodworking #206