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14” x 8” Spalted Box Elder, highly infested with Box Elder Beatles and still living in it poking there little heads out while I turned them…yuck messy business I sealed there holes with glue they can’t escape now…
The shape reminded me of the China worker type grass hats…and the pic of my friend wearing it helped me to name it…

-- Cosmicturner





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lew

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#1 posted 584 days ago

Wow, nice turning! And a snack while you work, too ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 584 days ago

Very nice turn, love the wood and interesting occupants.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 584 days ago

Ok, so you sealed the holes with glue. But can they continue to bore into the wood, coming out the other side? Not so sure I’d wanna use a bowl knowing there were live insects still inside the wood?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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cosmicturner

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#4 posted 584 days ago

You crack me up big Joe no They are dead, trust me if they survive the spin, the vacuum, the tool, the CA glue entombment, that stuff gets real hot when you use accelerator, the constant oil bath, the microwave, if after all that they can still tunnel out they deserve to…

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 583 days ago

Nice tomb ! Reminds me of all the carpenter ants that came out of some of my spalted maple. My shop was an ant graveyard for a while there.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 583 days ago

Great looking bowl in spite of those critters.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 583 days ago

Maybe you can train them to start in the middle and work their way outwards. This reminds me of the nice piece of Olive wood my MIL brought me back from her holiday in Spain. I started turning it and SPLASH! Turned me off Olive wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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PASs

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#8 posted 583 days ago

Would like to know how you reverse mounted it to do the bottom.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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cosmicturner

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#9 posted 583 days ago

I did the bottom first Pete then stuck it in the vacuum chuck and used the bowl steady rest to support where the tool is deflecting the wood….the pic posted shows…the other trick was attaching the face plate to the tail stock so to keep the concentricity proper alignment when switching the face plate from head stock to the tailstock you ram it in the vacuum chuck hard to explain but I had to buy an adapter…it is the same thread as the spindle on one end and the other end a number 2 Morris taper…

-- Cosmicturner

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abie

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#10 posted 583 days ago

Iv’e had success getting rid of bugs/Beetles…
1 minute in the microwave does it.
Kills them and leaves nice holes to patch or leave natural.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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PASs

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#11 posted 583 days ago

Ahhh, a vacuum chuck. don’t have one of those yet.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#12 posted 582 days ago

Beautiful ! The last piece of Box Elder I turned also had criters – albeit – not that large! Looked down and I had bug stuff all over me, the lathe, the walls, ceiling, etc.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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Natalie

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#13 posted 582 days ago

Okay, This brings up the topic of wood loving bugs in the shop. I have a nice collection of bamboo that was being stored in my shop until I discovered it was full of powder post beetles. The evidence was the little piles of dust they were leaving under where they were stacked along with a sprinkling of dead bugs. The poles are all 3 to 12 feet long. So now they are outside and I’m not sure they are worth doing anything with. But now I’m wondering if those beetles may have migrated to other wood in my shop. Not much I can do but continue to look for the evidence. I did a little research on this and other than finding every bug hole and injecting something into it, I didn’t see any solution. Have there been threads on this?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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cosmicturner

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#14 posted 582 days ago

Natalie unless you are maybe like at say hoarder status and you have plumbing problems, or moisture problems and yes! you should be looking always because your house is under attack from everything…I like attracting molds and bugs to my wood but then I am not normal either…funny how most wood workers like clear straight lumber…us turners are a different breed we eat Beatle juices and spit out wood chips

-- Cosmicturner

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Natalie

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#15 posted 582 days ago

Jeffrey,
My husband would say I am a wood hoarder. The thing about the beetles is that I have a loft full of wood, and shelves on the walls that are stacked with wood and there is no way I want to have time to take it all down and check for beetles. Sooooo, unless there is a way that I can fumigate my whole shop, I am just going to be discovering any beetles as I start using some of that wood. The best I could do was to remove all the bamboo.

Right now, I am hot and heavy into setting up my shop now and am even thinking of letting my garden rest this coming summer so I can stay focused on my shop and getting started on projects again. Maybe sometime this summer with some help from my son, I might have a chance to go through the stacks of wood and look for beetles.

Until then I am hoping for the best.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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