2. Pressed/Composite Wood
Many tables made in the 60’s and 70’s are made from wood fibers held together with resin, and it’s the resin that can actually be harmful. These can be kitchen tables or coffee tables and have a nice shine on the surface, but they can also be a source of formaldehyde emissions.
Luckily, late in 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency published final rules surrounding wood products whether made in the U.S. or imported, to ensure they comply with standards (the original law on formaldehyde standards was signed into law by the federal government in 2013). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say some people “are more sensitive than others” when it comes to formaldehyde exposure, and it can cause sore throats, coughs and nosebleeds.