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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:16 PM

Ben, How long as this client had the table? Its very doubtful that the bugs entered the table at his place unless hes had the table for a long time.

You said it was made from green oak so I assume the bugs have been inside the whole time. Could have been you didn’t see any bugs but there were eggs that were in the wood that hatched after the table was made.

If it is indeed termites I would get the table out of his house ASAP and destroy it. Don’t even bring it back into your shop. If termites were to get into the house it could be a nightmare as termite damage is NOT covered by home insurance. Then I would either offer to make a new one out of a different batch of lumber or give money back.

I guess thats a risk when working with green lumber. Had it had time to sit and dry you would have probably seen some damage in the wood. Did you buy the lumber from somewhere or did you mill it yourself? If you got the lumber from a lumber yard I would talk to them and tell them they sold you some infected lumber. If the lumber was stuff you cut then I guess you picked the wrong tree to mill.

I once bought a small stack of green oak lumber and I noticed it had some bugs in it. Not sure if it was termites or wood betels. I just stacked it outside and I will check it when its dry.

Hope you get it solved as that could be a big issue if its termites.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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