|Forum topic by Danpaddles||posted 386 days ago||493 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
386 days ago
I was given some wood this summer, it came out of a steel barn, had sat there for maybe 20 years. We picked thru and found boards we thought were okay, I knew there was some rot, in places the boards would just crumble.
Got it home, set it on saw horses in my carport. Fast forward to now- thought I better look a little closer at what I had, and figure how to get it out of the weather. Rumor has it we will have snow again this year! I took one board, planed it down, and found little holes. Very little- about 1/16 in diameter. Some dusty tunnels are showing up too.
I figure, maybe powderpost beetles. I have not seen anything living in it, just the evidence. It looks like it is in the whole pile.
This wood is VERY dry, the landowner (classic hoarder- he had crap all over the place) estimated it had been 20 years since he had put the wood in the shed. He had to take off a section of the steel siding to get in. The entrance was piled up with junk.
Are we getting a picture now?
Do those beetles ever die on their own? Give up and leave once the wood is past a certain age?
I do not have access to a kiln. In fact I hate the idea of working with this wood in my shop, I have some very nice boards (aside from this Summer’s “find”) that I would hate to lose. Then too, the shop was masquerading as a two car attached garage when I moved in here. Certainly don’t want yucky beetles in the house framing.
Some of these boards are pretty nice- it is all cherry, walnut, and maple. I have two walnut boards that are over 18 inches wide! But I think I may have some very very nice campfire wood on my hands. The boards are all on the thin side, rough cut on one side. I planed one out to about 5/8 inch before it was presentable.
Thoughts or suggestions from anyone who has dealt with this? Any professional opinions? I could cut this down to size for some trinket boxes, and bake the wood in the oven. But the saw dust would be in my shop (my house keeping is terrible). I’d be willing to give it away, if anyone wanted to stick it in a kiln to insure the bugs would die. I guess I could look for a chemical treatment, but I can not raise much enthusiasm for that idea either.
-- Dan V. in Indy