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Thread: Now this is one present I've waited a while to open.....

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    Now this is one present I've waited a while to open.....

    ........ one of my wood stacks from my "Logging in Tokyo" days

    I need to make some stuff up for a gift, and I wanted to use some of my wood, has been up on the roof nearly two years, so it should be dry.

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    I took three like this down to the Dungeon, I hope to get some nice boards out of them. I think they came through the air drying stage fairly well, the ends have a bit of damage, but that was to be expected, I guess.

    Four of my six stack were fine, but two stacks, the two without tin roofs, well to my horror, the covers have failed BADLY!

    I tore the stacks apart, and I found..................BUGS!

    I tore all of the bark off of the pieces (should have done that when they were green) and did some STOMPING

    This is what the bugs look like..........

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    Some kind of wood borer I guess.

    I opened each stack, well I have one yet to do, and I restacked everything, and found only a few more bugs, but they were not on the wood that I'm drying, but between the 2x4s under the stacks, between the concrete and the 2x4, I guess that is where the moisture is....

    I'll show the boards I took down to the Dungeon, when they have been worked on a bit.

    Yep, this gift to myself was about two years in the making

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    I was wondering when you were going to break into some of the upstairs stash. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.
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    Japanese Beetles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Barton View Post
    Japanese Beetles?
    She Rubs you yeah yeah yeah

    Some kind of wood boring beetle, they go between the bark and the wood to lay eggs. I've been through all the wood, any bark still left on that I could remove I did. The beetles were only on the wet wood as well, none on the dry, under the tin roof stacks.

    Cheers!
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    Congrats Stu. Looking forward to seeing what you did all that work for. How exciting!

    When you say that the covers had failed badly, was any of the wood rendered unusable? Did you lose the whole stack or just a few boards?
    Thanks, Mark.

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    Hey Mark

    I think I've lost a few boards......... to the vortex

    The filthy dirty, spalted pieces will get a nice ride on the lathe for sure

    There may be some discoloration but it may (I hope) just add some interest to the boards.

    Some of the boards had real live MUSHROOM growing on the undersides

    Oh well those two stacks were not the picks of the litter anyway, the other 4 stacks look in great shape.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Very cool Stu. I think that logging adventure of yours is going to be around for a long time to come. Looking forward to the next installment.

    Happy Holidays

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    Cool Stu,

    Merry Christmas to you and the family.

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    Ah yes - the Logging in Tokyo episode. One of the entries that kept me coming back to your website, Stu. On one of my revisits I saw that you had taken up woodturning ... and saw a familywoodworking.org sticker on your lathe. The rest is history....

    Looking forward to the projects that come out of your "urbanwood".

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    I also found this group via Stu's pages and watched all the logging pages...

    Garry

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