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post #1 of 40 Old 04-19-2011, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do with your sawdust?

If you're like me, you can easily fill your dust collector in less than a week. Since my township's garbage collection is prepaid by the bags we have to buy, I take mine to my friend's where she uses it cover her garden paths. Even though she's the cause of a majority of the sawdust, so it doesn't really bother me, I don't think she knows how much sawdust she has stored and she'll never have enough paths to use it all.
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Depends on the type of material being worked on, when I am working cedar, no walnut or anything toxic like that, I tend to use it mixed in with the bark mulch to keep bugs away...

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Lately I have been generating bags and bags of pine sawdust. We take it up to the cabin and line our outdoor firepit with it.....keeps the wood off the damp ground just long enough to get a good fire going...after that we just toss handfuls at a time on the fire......we're not real exciting people.....lol
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My 5 HP planer will fill a 33gal. can in 10 min. It all goes to the burn pile along with cutoffs. Lil too wet to burn today...
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Eligible sawdust and wood chips are bagged and sold to stables...and they pick up.








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Eligible sawdust and wood chips are bagged and sold to stables...and they pick up.


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My thoughts exactly. My parents used to pay decent $$$ for that stuff when I was a kid!
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spread it around the yard, behind the barn any sink holes around the creek, so far I haven't run out of anywhere to put it, but then again, I'm just a hobbyist, I'm not producing large amounts all the time, I'll go through a spell with a lot then the next project may not produce near as much
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Put it in the trash can
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I bag most of what comes out of the planer and sell it for $4 a bag to the stables here in my area. They come pick it up. Sometimes they bring me trailer loads of horse manure. I compost it and turn it over regularly with the tractor. The bags cost me .33˘ apiece. The feed store down the road is mad at me cause they sell theirs for $7.50 a bag.

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Right now I give it to people that use it as mulch. I don't generate as much as I used to because this shop spends most of the time on refinishing and not too much building.
In my ild shop, I had people from the Local Art Center come by all the time for the dust and shavings. They use it for Raku pottery. They preferred shavings to dust because the air circulation through the shavings gave a better heat. Nails? Screws? That's a plus. When they heat up they cause flashes on the Raku in different colors.

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Right now I give it to people that use it as mulch. I don't generate as much as I used to because this shop spends most of the time on refinishing and not too much building.
In my ild shop, I had people from the Local Art Center come by all the time for the dust and shavings. They use it for Raku pottery. They preferred shavings to dust because the air circulation through the shavings gave a better heat. Nails? Screws? That's a plus. When they heat up they cause flashes on the Raku in different colors.
You made me do a search on Raku Pottery. Some of it looks pretty cool. Shoot, I would trade shavings for some Raku Pottery.

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It flies off the porch that I call my workshop, and is never seen again...pretty windy down here
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Turning bowls the dust and shavings add up quickly. Currently I burn it and/or throw it in the trash. I want to find a better way of disposing of it.

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nachos...

my saw dust melts nicely over tortilla chips

im meticulous with my sanding table and i keep each species of sanding dust in a seperate jars (mostly maple). never know when your gonna need to have some handy to mix with glue for a fill! ba-dum-pshhh

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Burning as waste would be regarded in Europe as an eco crime. On another thread, point made that Masonite went bust because what was waste now valuable biofuel. Our local dump has a 40' container for wood waste.
The best is turned into chip board. Garages sell compressed sawdust/shavings as fuel.
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I've been using all of my saw dust (except pressure treated and walnut, just to be safe) to fill in low spots in the yard and to work like straw over seeded spots. Every once in a while the wife throws a few big scoops into her compost machine where it seems to help speed that process up. The sawdust might be doing more in the garden as the tomatoes keep getting bigger and better-tasting... Don't spread that last part around, I might have to start selling "Tomato-Enhancing magic Dust"!
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The sawdust might be doing more in the garden as the tomatoes keep getting bigger and better-tasting... Don't spread that last part around, I might have to start selling "Tomato-Enhancing magic Dust"!
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I was actually just wondering what I could do with my shavings/sawdust. Compost it is!
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i had some cedar so i ripped down my curtains and glue gun and made my dog a bed to sleep on, saved me 30 bucks so i made another one for my other dog haha
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A friend has a firewood business, he lets me dump my sawdust on his pile. A wood pellet company comes and hauls his off. Sawdust has become a commodity, just don't put floor sweepings in the collector.
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