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Forum topic by bhacksaw posted 02-09-2015 12:22 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2015 12:22 PM

I’ve been commissioned to do something worry a wood knot that a customer found I his back yard. He likes it because it’s shaped almost like a heart. My plan is to saw it in half to expose the burl, put a hinge on it so it opens like a book, and slap done poly on it. I built a jig for the”resaw” which worked relatively well. But ass I was admitting the burl, done ants started crawling out of the middle. What should I do to get rid of the ants? I have them sealed up in kitchen storage bags now, but I don’t know if that’ll kill those resilient little pests. Not sure if big spray will react poorly with the exposed core of the knot. Also, if I do kill them while they are still inside, will that be detrimental to the wood in the long run?

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 03:29 PM

Pop it in the oven on low heat (180 F) for a few hours should do it. You might wrap it in aluminum foil instead of the plastic bag for the heating…

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 02:31 AM

I agree with Herb. Heat will solve this problem.

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

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 02:32 AM

I’ll give it a try. Thanks guys!

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