Bunya pine work #4: Grants Slab The Final Solution

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-04-2019 03:26 AM 364 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Grant's Bunya pine Some horrid discoveries have been made Part 4 of Bunya pine work series no next part

Well as the title indicates its not good news.

I selected an off cut from the center of the big slab and commenced dissecting it.

Three pieces, two at 150mm and one at just under 200mm

Then sliced the three pieces in halves.

No point in laboring the issue its completely useless

all pieces were completely riddled and eaten out with the beetle larvae life-cycle

Some other bits I tried.

So all for disposal, pity it wasn’t winter here as it would disappear if on the foot path quick smart.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-04-2019 10:35 AM

So no table??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 12-04-2019 11:30 AM

Sorry to hear that Rob! I had some birdseye maple that I had been saving for a ‘special project’ that had a similar problem. I discovered it when I was sorting my wood for the trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! It ended up in my fireplace… But at least it hadn’t affected any of my other wood!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 12-05-2019 01:43 AM

Just goes to show after many years of woodworking you occasionally get a dud.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 12-17-2019 03:41 PM

Rob, maybe you could train those bugs to hollow out bowls!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-17-2019 08:34 PM

All destined for destruction.
I got a reply back from our resident beetle kill pine expert Monte, he suggested a Kiln, but I don’t have access to one so its the next best thing, ... once the fire bans are lifted.

I do agree the patterns left are quite interesting if you ignore the destruction.

I may make a trinket box out of some just for the hell of it. meanwhile is in quarantine in the yard away from my timber stack!

Sadly there will be no table for this lot

-- Regards Rob

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