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Posted on Questions Regarding Treating 3000 bf of Red Oak from Power Post Beetles

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 01:02 PM

Wood with an active infestation should be heat treated before being turned into furniture. The boric acid will only penetrate a very thin layer, once the wood is planed, you’ll strip that layer.

If you plan to leave the wood outside for a while, timbor would be a good start. If you plan to bring it indoors, then have it heat treated prior to bringing it in.

Boric acid is used in many cosmetics and considered moderately safe unless ingested in excess amounts. Wear a respirator while processing the wood (like one should) and you’ll be safe.

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