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Forum topic by KenBry posted 04-27-2012 03:46 AM 3673 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KenBry

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04-27-2012 03:46 AM

I have several pieces of hard maple that have fine small holes in them. They have to be from bugs. Before i use these is there a way i can be sure there is nothing still alive? I’m not sure how the wood was dried so i’m not sure if everything is dead.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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crank49

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 05:16 AM

Heat is the only way I know.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 01:00 PM

I haven’t seen where bugs will live in dry wood. I’ve used air dried wood for a long time. I guess I never thought about it, but they seem to leave or die once the moisture leaves.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 01:43 AM

Don, Powder post beetles will live in dry wood forever! I had this wreck with some really nice walnut that had PP beetles in the sapwood. I saw no activity until the project was done and finished with a LOT of Spar Urethane. A few months later the little bastards were chewing their way out through the Spar!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 12:21 PM

that’s good to know. How did you get rid of them?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 01:14 AM

I posted that question on LJ and got a lot of suggestions. Heat seemed to be the best answer but I couldn’t figure out how to heat it without wrecking the finish. I put one of those Raid foggers under it and set it off in my storage area. So far, I have seen no more ‘powder’ so I hope I killed them. It’s been 3 weeks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 01:36 AM

I “cook” the bugs in any potential wood with a hand held microwave. It will penetrate to 2” and really kills them on the spot.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 02:26 AM

“hand held microwave”? Tell me more about this. Sounds like a Star Trek item!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 02:56 AM

If the peices are small engouhto fit in a old microwave just micro wave for 30 seconds that will kill anything that is alive in the wood Andy

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 12:51 PM

at what temp does the wood have to get to. A temporary kiln type fixture with some heat source would do it. I’m not sure what it would do to finishes though.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 01:32 PM

I had some pecan pieces of firewood I was playing around with. They were supposedly seasoned for over a year and they weren’t even that thick. But sure enough while scrubbing them I saw those little beetle larva digging their holes. I gave up on the wood and threw them back in the firewood pile.

Gfadvm—great story!

I’d also like to know more about his hand-held microwave.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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KenBry

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#11 posted 04-29-2012 01:33 PM

Yea that hand held Microwave gadget sounds neat. I looke it up on Google and found one for 2400 dollars YIKES! I guess if your a pro it’s worth it. But in my capacity…. not so much

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#12 posted 04-29-2012 01:47 PM

140 degrees for 24 hours at least. I do 48 hours. I have it done in the dry kiln. I do this for spalted maple as well to kill the fungus. bob

-- Bob www.bobkloes.com

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KenBry

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#13 posted 04-29-2012 01:54 PM

HA, if that’s all I can just leave it in my garage over the summer. DAMN Arizona… LOL

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#14 posted 04-29-2012 03:15 PM

The hand held microwave unit I am using cost $4,500. It is used to set glue but also works great for killing bugs.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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KenBry

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#15 posted 04-29-2012 09:22 PM

Yea, that’s like, WOW over my price range…

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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