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Forum topic by fstellab posted 01-16-2013 03:36 AM 3293 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2013 03:36 AM

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Hi Folks,

I just took delivery of a Macacauba 4/4 Project Pack from one of the Major online wood vendors.

This is the first shipment of Hardwood I ordered, so please bear with me.

I noticed that several of the boards have tiny holes .. as below:

There is no dust in or around the holes, or in the shipping package.

Is this something I need to worry about ?


-- Fred Stellabotte (

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 04:56 AM

Well the top two pictures look like some sorta insect. and the bottom one is defiantly holes from nails or staples. Some woods that are high in tannin react with the iron when it gets wet and makes those dark marks.

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 05:52 AM

I’d say you need to contact your supplier, and send them these pics. Unless you bought reclaimed wood, you shouldn’t have to pay full price for this pack.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 01:42 PM

The good thing is that it does not look like the dreaded powderpost beetles. Beetles that make those type holes in your pics typically cannot survive in dry wood.

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 05:35 PM

Bugs bore directly in or out of a log; any hole that has an oval or slant to it was there when the logs was sliced. If it has been kiln dried, or at least heated, you should be just fine. The distributor should be happy to confirm that.

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 08:47 PM

this is called pinholes and belongs to an inferiour quality so if you have payed a high price you should either ask for a substantial discount or bring it back. These holes do not increase in size by the way.

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 04:25 AM


I contacted the lumber company and they made it right .. they are going to give several free boards. They admitted that my order was pending for awhile and they wanted to get me the shipment, so they send what was left from their last shipment.

I will do business with them again .. The company is Woodworkers Source .. They were good to me ..

I will post photos of the new wood ..


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