|Forum topic by red0ak||posted 07-30-2016 11:35 PM||444 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-30-2016 11:35 PM
In a little bit of a dilemma here. I’ve been observing CL waiting for a good deal on some pine to make a workbench. An ad came up with 12 year air-dried pine slabs that a homeowner milled from trees in his yard. The grain was nice, very few knots, good dimensions, and straight. Also the ends were painted and stacked right so it seemed to some degree like they knew what they were doing. Didn’t read the MC but the wood felt super dry. All was well until I got home.
Didn’t pay much attention to the wormholes I was seeing until I got home and googled around and I realized all 20-30 boards have wormholes in them and how it could be powder post beetles, etc. The wood is great I definitely want to use it, but don’t want to start an infestation my garage. All of the holes look to not have frass in them, but the the boards were swept with a broom. There are some boards with sapwood with more holes, but there are 1/16-1/32 holes elsewhere, at least 5 on every board (see pic below for an example).
It’s possible I may be overreacting but there is a fair amount of stock in my garage that I’d like to keep clean. Plus a lot of pine and plywood shelving. What makes me nervous is that eggs can hatch up to 5 years later.
It’s sitting in my driveway now nicely piled up waiting to be planed. Can’t decide if I should bring it in the garage and start working it, I really really want to but the short term joy may not be worth the risks. It is going to rain tomorrow so I need to decide soon. What would you do?