I’m an occasional lurker, long-time hobbiest woodworker. Ya’ll take it easy on me, this is my first post here….
So I go down to the shop tonight to work for a few hours, and while poking around in my wood stash I notice a bunch of black dots on the floor. These don’t appear to be part of my normal dust and clutter. Closer inspection reveals little beetles, about an eighth of an inch long and shaped like skinny footballs. They are all dead, a couple hundred under some recently aquired air-dried ash I have. A bit more investigation reveals more dead bugs on shelves, under cardboard boxes, all over the shop. Not thousands, but tens. I seem to recall reading about these somewhere, but this is my first experience. I figured I would fire off a plea for advice here before I start cleaning up the shop (it needs it).
My shop is in the basement of my house, under the garage. I live in Utah (hot and dry) if that makes any difference. I have a couple hundred board feet of mahogony, cherry, maple, and walnut next to the ash (which I’m now suspecting is the culprit, I found it to be full of pinholes). I also have several, er, works in progress (years) of cherry and alder which I found bugs under. All my lumber is kiln-dried except for the ash and a few walnut boards, which I have had for 4-5 years.
Is the lumber I have “infected”, and if so, can I still use it? If I complete my unfinished projects and apply laquer will that kill any bugs already inside? Do I need professional help (for the bugs)? Should I get rid of the ash? Any advice is appreciated!
Edited 8/12/2004 10:46 pm ET by donp