|Project by Keith Kelly||posted 02-25-2015 04:54 PM||1297 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
A year ago, a tree was cut down because it was too close to the power lines. I took some logs, waxed the ends (not enough) and set them out on the concrete for the past year…letting the weather do what the weather does. It turns out that there is some spalting going on…and flat headed borers.
So, I modified a space heater and cooked these logs at 160F for about 5 hours (really, about 120F for about 3 hours, then once I hacked the space heater and got it to 160F I left it for another 5). That should be enough so that the borers aren’t happy.
Unfortunately, the spoon’s handle ended up being thinner than I had expected, as I cut away more than I planned to get past the tunnel. But, it was at least a very neat process to take a log and turn it into something.
-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com