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What to do with sawdust?

So, now that we are collecting all this saw dust and chips, any clever ideas on what to do with everything we collect, other than throw it in the trash? And, are there certain reuse things we should not do (because of toxicity or something)?
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I was wondering the same thing. I know planer/jointer shavings made from solid wood can make great compost.

Plywood/engineered wood has a lot of glue in it that would not be suitable for composting. I hate just tossing that stuff in the garbage if there's an alternate solution. So, tagged for someone's awesome idea!
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I worked on a old house one time someone used shavings for insulation in the attic. I hope they had good insurance as it had wires running all through it.
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some sawdust is "toxic"...

I have heard that Walnut sawdust will kill plants in the garden. I don't use much Walnut so I compost all the rest of mine...Oak, some Maple or Pine. I also think Walnut is not good for animal bedding..I donno?

I collect all the leaves, grass clippings, sawdust and chips and then cover them with dirt for the winter. I turn the pile occasionally and in about a year or by fall I have some pretty rich soil.

There is a composting bacteria you can buy to speed up the process.

Some horse farms use sawdust in their bedding and I would suspect other animal farmers could use it also....chickens, goats etc. I would really check out if any other sawdust is "toxic" to animals.

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I use it for mulch when planting grass.

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Can you make wood putty out of saw dust?
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Walnut is defiantly toxic to horses. But oak, ash, cherry, pine, are fine for horses. I usually give mine to a friend that uses it for horse bedding material....
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For "sawdust", the kind you get from a table or bandsaw, I just bag it and stick it out for trash collection. You could do something like compress it into bricks for a wood stove, but I don't have a stove so I don't bother. For chips and shavings, like you'd get from a jointer or planer, if they don't end up in the same bag as the dust I burn them with all my scrap off cuts

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I use all of my sawdust as mulch. Use what few chips I get also. Just do not get many chips as very seldom use planer.

Sometimes it goes on mulch pile and sometimes directly around plants.

Do not worry about glue in plywood. It is so thoroughly ground up by saw blade that it is going to cause no harm unless there is a lot of it that is water soluble.

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However you choose to "dispose" of sawdust, it probably should be compatible with environmental codes. Heard some large lumber cutting/milling businesses do recycle sawdust into particle board, but don't know if that process is profitable. Be safe.
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Good one Biggrbird.....

Always open for discussion.We build,from scratch,DC systems.

Have a slight "issue" with a particular surface grinder.The question...as it relates to our shop is whether we keep it "collected"....in house,or....shoot it outside.

We'll probably engineer two completely different systems......possibly a third.Letting the chips(ha,ha)fall where they may......It's one of those things that each shop has to deal deal with.

Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.
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Mine goes into one of my compost bins
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I worked on a old house one time someone used shavings for insulation in the attic. I hope they had good insurance as it had wires running all through it.
Shavings were a common method of insulation at one time, they had to be topped up as they settled over time so only half the wall would be insulated.

The house I grew up in, built in 1943 had them, it is vacant but still standing today.

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So, now that we are collecting all this saw dust and chips, any clever ideas on what to do with everything we collect, other than throw it in the trash? And, are there certain reuse things we should not do (because of toxicity or something)?

I always save a bag full (wood pellet bags or similar work great). It's great for soaking up about any liquid spills that happen. In the winter carry a bag full in your car. It's the greatest for traction, some say better than sand.
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blueberry plants love it, we also put ours in the chicken nesting boxes. eggs stay cleaner...
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you can mix it with melted candle wax for a fire starter. never tried it myself.

My saw dust goes in the trash. I dont care to sort good dust from bad.
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I thought wood pulp is the main ingredient in paper-making. Can it not be sent to a paper manufacturer?
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I just dump it in the woods. Sometimes I dump it in four wheeler trails to keep the mud down.
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I thought wood pulp is the main ingredient in paper-making. Can it not be sent to a paper manufacturer?
an interesting thought... I suspect they are probably very picky about the type of wood they start with. Im sure it effects their process and product.

a free drum of assorted dust might be a liability that they dont care to deal with.


Might be some ETSY types out there that make their own paper or whatever that might be interested...
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all except walnut
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