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Project by Glenn Huovinen posted 894 days ago 1187 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table. I used a live edge slab of Oregon Myrtlewood that I purchased a couple of years ago at the Atl Wood Show, cut it in half, joined the 2 pieces in the middle. Used walnut for the legs. Now in the second photo, I have a problem that I need some advise. There appearantly is some infestation. These litte piles of saw dust appear. What can I do to kill whatever is in there without distroying my project?

-- Glenn Huovinen





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joshtank

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#1 posted 894 days ago

oh bummer.

I’m sure someone with more experience will have a better idea.. but what about wrapping it up in plastic and ‘fumigating’ it with something?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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Timber58

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#2 posted 894 days ago

Beautiful table! You would think that whatever you used for a finish, would have “finished” off whatever bug was still in there. Is there any way you can inject something down the holes, maybe some tung oil even??
Still a nice slab and whatever more they do will just add character…
Good luck and keep us posted

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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Thomas78

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#3 posted 893 days ago

Hi there, beautiful table, sorry to hear that you have insects in the wood. I donĀ“t know if the product is avalible where you are at, but where I’m from (Denmark) we have a product called GORI 22/7 it is used in museums for infectet wood.

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LittlePaw

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#4 posted 893 days ago

I googled GORI 22/7 and found many sites on this, but they were all in Danish? Sorry . . . I haven’t had this problem, but I’d sure like to know. Maybe we could feed this to termites?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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doncutlip

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#5 posted 893 days ago

Beautiful table, wish I could help with the insect problem (those piles of dust are kinda spooky)

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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SmokyMountainDesigns

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 893 days ago

I just found a larval worm in some maple I resawd. I gave it to the birds outside and finished the wood with Watco. It is not a happy feeling to find those critters. Nice table. Hope you find a solution.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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glowworm

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#8 posted 893 days ago

This table is awesome!!! I would suggest going to your local nursery, there are several sprays that you can buy to spray on fruit trees and such. That might not be a bad option, hopefully you won’t have to refinish it.

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terryR

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#9 posted 893 days ago

table is awesome…sad about the critters. I’ve been taught to microwave small pieces that are possibly full of bugs…have found many in bowl blanks…

Maybe you can build a box around the table and cook it…sorta like a kiln…surely that will ruin the finish, but looks like you’ve got a big problem.

I’ve seen temps of 130 recommended for at least 6 hours…not tried anything this large myself…good luck!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Gary

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#10 posted 893 days ago

The termite professionals sell a boric acid based powder which can be sprinkled on the surfaces of the wood.
It will penetrate to a depth of around 1/2” to 3/4”.
If it were me, I’d try to enclose the table in a visquene sealed tomb (similar to what you might make for fuming quarter-sawn oak to produce a dark patina), sprinkle the powder on all surfaces, and leave it a while.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 893 days ago

that’s one beautiful hunk of wood

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RWJones

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#12 posted 892 days ago

Just a thought, maybe build a makeshift kiln. Control the temp to no higher than 140 degrees for a few hours. Might damage the finish more than the insects have, but should take care of the problem.

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 892 days ago

I would be proud of the piece if I built it, and it is a lesson for all of us regarding insects and air drying? Boric acid comes in a powdder. It is in a number of insecticides. I attempted to treat pine that was available in untreated wood for exterior builds. It dried in same powder form, don’t know if it was successful. Boric acid is safe for humans ( if I remember correctly).

Attempted to air dry outside and found ants etc making nests in my covered piles, Moved them inside into a protected environment. Haven’t gotten to the wood yet, but even though I used the boric acid powder I am sure there will be some problem?

I would agree with taking it apart and removing the finish to save the wood. You could build a small solar kiln as done in poorer countries, I’ve thought about that as an add to my shop, plus the bennifit of solar heating in the winter.

Hope you blog your learning experience.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Glenn Huovinen

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#14 posted 885 days ago

I really have been amazed by all of the solutions posted for my creature problem. I very much appreciate them. Here is what I have been doing on a daily basis. using a q tip i have been dabbing an insecticide over the “hole” that have been made. This seemed to help but the little piles of dust would reappear 2 days later. Now I am poking a larger hole with a fine needle and then applying the insecticide. That seems to work better. I will keepdoing that until I no longer see and duct piles. The and only then will I present this table to my Daughter and her Husband.

-- Glenn Huovinen

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