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    Question bugs in cedar

    i got some cedar local here in colorado. found worms in the wood close to the heart wood. how do you get rid of them before you turn the pieces for bowls?next what are tags for and what are they used for and how?you know down at the bottom of the text box.

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    Why are you denying those bugs a free ride on your lathe?? Chuck it up, turn it on and start cutting. When you collect enough bugs, take a break and go fishing then when you run out of bugs, go back to turning! Larry isn't a turner, but bet he would agree with this philosophy!
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    I don't have any better advice than Jonathans.

    The tags are used to specify keywords that refer to the content of your post. There is a new Tag Search option under Search that one can search for posts with specific tags.
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    Ralph, I've never tried to get rid of the bugs before turning. Between the turning and the DNA bath, the mortality rate is 100%. You may have to clean your face shield a bit more often, but the bug holes make for an interesting finished piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Tafoya View Post
    i got some cedar local here in colorado. found worms in the wood close to the heart wood. how do you get rid of them before you turn the pieces for bowls?next what are tags for and what are they used for and how?you know down at the bottom of the text box.
    Don't know about the tags... never use them myself..

    Re the bugs.. only problem you may run into, if they're still alive, they do tend to splatter when you hit them with a gouge....
    keep your mouth closed, unless you are another Bear Grylls.
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    Well after reading all that was said and rereading my own post i meant to put after turning it seems that i will not get all of the bugs out while i am turning the bowl.i showewd my bowl to a friend and she told me about some friends that had a bed frame made of cedar and the head board was next to a wall heater and when them bugs woke up with the extra heat it was pure pandomanium. i can just imagin the scene as the bugs crawwled over the people in the bed.
    i just did not want a bug to crawl out of the bowl when someone handled the bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Tafoya View Post
    i just did not want a bug to crawl out of the bowl when someone handled the bowl.
    That would be priceless to see happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Tafoya View Post
    i just did not want a bug to crawl out of the bowl when someone handled the bowl.
    It could be worse, if they're using it as a cereal bowl and the bug starts doing the back stroke...
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    Might be a good idea to microwave the wood for a few seconds to kill 'em off before you turn them loose in your house. They just might take up residence in the wood frame of you abode and have a feast

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    Fc = mv2/r, where Fc = centrifugal force,

    m = mass, v = speed, and r = radius

    In other words, the worms will depart on their own, However it is advised to wear a face shield.

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