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Forum topic by TrickyDick posted 03-15-2017 04:06 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TrickyDick

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03-15-2017 04:06 AM

So I try to turn wormy pieces of wood into bowls. I usually use a dental pick to pull the worm dust out of the holes but it just kills my hands. Has anyone ever used a waterpick to do this? I know it would get the wood wet but I can dry it or just wait for it to dry naturally.

Anyone do something I haven’t thought of? Your comments are appreciated!

-- Rick, Canyon Lake, TX www.knottyknotty.etsy.com


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xunil76

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 12:00 PM

what about an air compressor with a needle-tip air nozzle?

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mahdee

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 01:01 PM

A soft wire brush helps remove the first layer so you have some “walls” to use your needles to scrape the inner stuff. I don’t think water will work unless the stuff is loose but again, wire brushing it first might loosen enough of the dust on top so the water can remove the rest. The water won’t hurt the wood but it will take some time for it to dry since the “honeycomb” structure of the wood will trap moisture and slow dissipation. Personally, I like to keep the dust in there and only hollow out a few chambers to create a contrast.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 08:30 PM

Most of what I turn is spalted oak, and usually full of worm holes. I typically just leave the frass in there (it’s worm poop, not ‘dust’ :) and stabilize with thinned poly. Sometimes I’ll just dig a little bit out and fill with epoxy for some contrast. Rarely will I remove it all. Just don’t tell anyone what it is!

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I would much rather find frass than a larvae! I really hate hitting one while turning and having bug guts splattered all over the place.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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TrickyDick

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#4 posted 03-16-2017 07:05 PM

Thanks all. Brad, thanks for the education on the proper term ( I was trying not to say poop or s@#%) Frass is much more politically correct. I too have had my face shield splattered with live bugs…yuck!

-- Rick, Canyon Lake, TX www.knottyknotty.etsy.com

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BobinSachse

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 07:47 PM

At least you were wearing a face shield…. :-o


Thanks all. Brad, thanks for the education on the proper term ( I was trying not to say poop or s@#%) Frass is much more politically correct. I too have had my face shield splattered with live bugs…yuck!

- TrickyDick


-- Bob Y.

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