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Forum topic by Eric posted 1350 days ago 707 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric

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1350 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: pinholes bugs blo

Hi all, I’m getting near the end of my bench build. Occasionally when I go to a board I’ll see a very very small insect or two crawling on it. Kind of like a tiny ant. I typically just squash it and move on, don’t want to look too closely for fear I’ll find a bunch of ‘em!

So anyway, when I finish my bench with boiled linseed oil, will that kill off any resident bugs and deter others from making a home there? I do see pinholes in some of my boards but can’t remember if they were there when I got them (free wood) or if they are the result of these tiny bugs I see.

Your thoughts? Advice?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1350 days ago

I would let it have it with bug spray!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1349 days ago

Bug spray, will slove the problem.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1349 days ago

Do you find sawdust on the lumber also? If so you have a major infestation of some type and BLO and bug sprays are not going to do it. You will either need to heat the lumber in a kiln or some other manner or apply something like the borate insecticides used for powder post beetles (PPB) and so on. If you have PBBs in the house, you have a likely problem that will require a lot of money and/or time.

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#4 posted 1349 days ago

Thanks guys, bug spray it is! And tnwood, no I don’t see any sawdust in the area of the wood. Maybe these little guys live in the wood, or maybe they just live on or near it, I dunno. But I’ll just shoot it with some bug spray and see if I see them any more!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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