||| I pulled some logs off my log pile to turn into lumber to make a
||| cutting board, but naturally there are bugs in the wood... So,
||| since this project will be a cutting board and in contact with
||| food, what is the best way to kill the bugs and not kill me from
||| cross contamination :-) ?
||| In the past I've put smaller pieces of wood in a microwave to zap
||| the little suckers who might be burrowing away inside. The wood I
||| have prepared for the cutting board won't fit in a microwave...
|| Well, the general rule says that if the work grows beyond the
|| limitation of the tool, then it's time to shop for a larger tool -
|| in this case, a bigger microwave oven...
| I like that rule :-) ...
Me too - and this one is probably easiest to get SWMBO actually help
establish precedent (a true double win).
|| Perhaps it's time to seriously
|| consider one of the combination microwave/convection units...
| Another fella suggested using better (non-bug) wood. I think I'll go
| that route and fumigate/soak/microwave/radiate this wood for
| something else...
Ok, but there're no challenges in that approach <mumble> might as well
just buy a sanitary mildew-resistant plastic board </mumble>
|| OTOH, you might consider another approach to the problem and build
|| the contraption used for steaming wood in preparation for bending
|| - and just steam the little buggers right where they are. If you
|| can get their burrows up close to steam temperature, they (and
|| their eggs) shouldn't pose any future problems.
| That's a good idea. Do you know if there are (free) plans for this
| on the net somewhere. I think I've seen steel pipe with fittings
| and stuff in a magazine that mentioned building a steam
Lee valley offers a no-cost (hmm - probably like the catalog is a "no
cost" item) booklet that provides useful info. They've also made it
available on-line at
for anyone too impatient to wait for the postal service.
I've never steamed wood, so can't speak to the quality of the info -
but, considering the source, I'd expect it to be fairly good.
DeSoto, Iowa USA