How to prevent termite and decaying to log furniture?

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The picture here is for reference. I was wondering how can any such item made by using a log be safe from termite and any such bug? How can we prevent the decaying? Is it safe to keep such furniture/ item in the house? How are the logs treated to keep them safe from decaying? Pls help

q how to prevent termite and decaying to log furniture
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  • William William on Jan 17, 2021

    Back in the 70's when wood log, tree root, and burl furniture was a trend I would soak large pieces of green wood in PEG (poly ethylene glycol?). This substance replaces the water in the wood, and prevents the cracking, checking, and distortion that would otherwise occur. It also acts as a bug deterrent. For quick projects where I couldn't wait soaking and drying the logs I would coat the cut ends with wax to slow the drying process so the logs wouldn't crack. I would assume there are more safer chemicals used now and different processes.


    https://www.preservation-solutions.com/drying-logs/


    https://ourpastimes.com/preserve-antique-wood-6455200.html


    https://www.houzz.com/discussions/462353/how-to-treat-these-logs-to-reuse-them


    https://everythingwhat.com/how-do-you-preserve-a-log-with-bark

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 18, 2021

    You can purchase termite spray to treat the wood. The one we use is Hi-Yield 38-Plus, which is safe for indoor as well.

    For decay, once the wood is dried you can treat with a wood preservative that contains copper such as Woodlife Copper Coat Wood Preservative (Amazon).

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 18, 2021

    Smaller logs can be baked in the oven, at 150 degrees, for 15 minutes, lining the shelf with a large cookie baking sheet.

    This should kill wood for (mold) too.

    Before this, all loose wood should be removed mechanically.

    Then you can fill holes with resin, after cooling and re-vacuuming.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 18, 2021

    Use Aloe Vera

    Did you know that aloe vera can be used to protect wooden furniture from termites? All you need to do is take an aloe vera and crush it till the gel inside it is released. Now after taking out the gel, rub it all over the wood furniture. Aloe vera gel basically creates a barrier that termites will never cross, or won’t be able to cross.

    Olive oil and white vinegar

    Another way to protect your wooden furniture from termites is by applying a mixture of olive oil and white vinegar. What you must do is make the mixture and apply it evenly on the wooden furniture you want to protect from termites. This mixture too acts as a barrier, and it will repel the termites quickly and easily.

    Wood polishes

    There are certain wood polishes available in the market, which can protect your wooden furniture from termites. You may not be able to polish it all alone and that’s not a problem because you can hire a carpenter for a couple of days and get all of the furniture polished. It works to a great extent and help in protecting wooden furniture from termites.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 18, 2021

    My dad who carved burls and other natural woods gathered used to put them in contractor bags and sprayed with termite killer and left to sit in the garage for a month before working on them. Like you mosaic topped bucked wood.

  • Here is how to get rid of them in your entire garden/yard area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka5Ol_UblAY

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi Pinks. I was gifted 3 tree trunk chairs. I did not know the person who gave them to me. It was a person my son worked with. The chairs were carved with a chain saw and other chisels to form a seat and back. They were very heavy. I wanted them placed in my backyard around the fire pit. I was told they had been treated for termites and a lot of other insects. I don't know what they used but I'm sure it was something like Borate. And then they were sealed with several layers of polyurethane. Good luck Pinks.

  • You can seal it with a clear coat made for wood. That will help for sure.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi! I would seal it with an exterior sealer. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 18, 2021

    That’s a good question. Soil contact and moisture is detrimental to wood.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 21, 2021

    Just Polly it all over cover it realy good

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jan 23, 2021

    if it's outdoors, i don't think anything will protect it permanently

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 06, 2021

    Hello, hope this helps you out,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAmye6pDRnc

  • Rishav Rishav on Oct 06, 2021

    Here are some of the tips that I Use:

    #1 Expose to Sunlight: Termites prefer moist, dark environments. Allow your wooden furniture to be exposed to direct sunshine for a period of two to three days. Termites are heat-sensitive and perish quickly. This procedure also aids with the removal of moisture from the furniture, which helps to avoid additional infection.

    #2 Make a Cardboard Trap: Termites are attracted to cardboard because it is formed of cellulose and has a woody odour. To make the stench more noticeable, dampen it with water and place it near the affected region. The termites are attracted to the open cardboard within a few hours. To get rid of termites in wooden furniture, throw it away or burn it.

    #3 Spray Boric Acid: Spray the afflicted areas with a solution of borax powder and water. It's a non-toxic procedure that guarantees termites in wooden furniture will be eradicated after a few applications. You can improve your results by combining this strategy with the cardboard trap.