|Forum topic by rsdowdy||posted 872 days ago||1413 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
872 days ago
So I have about 600bf of white oak lumber that has been sitting in a screened porch area for 6 years that is rough cut lumber. I have been waiting for the day to start working it when I had my garage cleared of enough space, had the right equipment, and had enough time to start milling it.
My garage was under seige for years as it was full of my kids stuff and other kids stuff that we were workign with. My wife has a lovely heart and we share our home and our lives with those that are in desperate need. So my wants of a woodshop had been on hold for a number of years. About 2 years ago the last of my children left and three of our foster chidren moved out. (We do unpaid fostering to try and help 17-23s get stabalized and then moved out to RL with the skills they need to make a living.) So I bought a table saw and then we had another foster that moved in and filled out the garage. Now they are gone and I actually have the semblence of a shop, tablesaw, dewalt 13” planer, 8” jointer, chop saw, one of those frugral Harbor Freight 2hp dust collectors, and hand tools including a 2 routers, one mounted in an unfished router table. I have been building a few odds and ends projects with Box Store lumber but now I am finally ready to start milling wood!
And as the title states…I mill the first top piece tonight and go figure…powerpost beetles. How disheartening! I mill a portion of the second board below the first and find that the beetle holes are on the portion that was uncovered by the top board. The wood is just lovely though so now I guess I need to buy some boracare and treat all of it? It’s like roaches right? See one, you have a hundred?
Also, should I mill the lumber and then spray, or spray on the unmilled lumber? And if I don’t see any infestation on the 3rd board besides the edges, should I spray the boards in the stack like they are in now, or treat them all individually? I would hate to have the beetle problem move indoors or into the reast of my store bought lumber in my garage. And last, how long after spraying can I mill and use the lumber?
Thanks for your responses.