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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 04-21-2014 09:16 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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04-21-2014 09:16 PM

I’m planing some hickory I purchased a year ago from the mill. Out of 20 boards so far, this is the only evidence of bugs I’ve seen.

Can you tell by the size/shape/filling if they were created before the tree was taken down, or after? In other words, how concerned should I be?

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-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 03:34 PM

Generally, holes that have an arc were there before the log was cut; bugs bore straight in or out, but at all directions inside. What I see is pretty much at an angle, so the question would be are they still there? If kiln dried and sterilized, they are there but dead; if not, I’d be watching real close for little dust piles from current activity. No idea what made them. I understand (no history tho) that bugs like hickory, if they are in there I’d think you would see activity fairly quickly; after a year, no dust piles, I’d think you should be okay….no guarantees. 1 board, I would probably burn it anyway.

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 02:22 AM

Looks OK to me. No evidence that I can see of powderpost beetles. Those are the bad actors.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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