I was dismayed to notice this morning the exit holes of powder post beetles (I'm assuming), in the frames of two cherry cabinet doors, in a sideboard I'm building. The stiles and rails were all made from the same board, and a close inspection of the rest of the piece seems to indicate that the problem is limited to the board in question (for now).
I've read the information regarding powder post beetles in the Knowledge Base and I'm thinking to put the two doors in my kitchen oven overnight on the lowest setting, and hope they survive (the doors that is). Has anyone tried this approach? Should I quarantine the rest of the wood from that batch? I live in the north, and I can turn my shop into an ice box by simply leaving the heat off.
The damage is small enough that I doubt the client will notice, but I worry about the possibility of infecting the other cherry furniture I've made for him (in his house). Should I be concerned?
I have over 80 hours invested in this piece, and the idea of tossing the whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. I've talked to the local exterminator, and I suspect he can't do much for me besides wave a spray can of general insecticide around my shop.
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor O:
I live in western Canada , and we have a beetle problem in our forests . Last year in the winter we had a cold spell where it was minus 40-45 for a week and a half . Everyone was saying that the cold should kill off the beetles, but no such luck. Come spring they were back . I don't think cold is your solution and I donít know about heat killing them off. It may dry out your doors too much and cause other issues.
Yes! He may decide to send you the bill for having his house de-bugged (very expensive).
Wrapping everything in plastic helps to prevent drying parts too drastically, and Geneís suggestion of adding a pan of water also helped. If I were to do it again, I would drill a discreet hole for the meat thermometer, to better gauge the internal temperature of the wood.