Starting My Business #2: What do you do with your Wood Shavings??

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 05-04-2011 04:19 AM 1833 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Between the Lathe & Jointer I seem to fill up my Jet DC-1200 every 2-3 weeks. So far I have used it as mulch in my backyard and for some friends. But now I have run out of room to mulch & just filled another bag.

I would love to make fire bricks for the local Boy Scout Troop but have no clue how to do that. Maybe a mixture of gasoline, orange juice, and wood shavings would make something interesting ;)

So what do you do with your wood shavings/dust collectionings??

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 04:30 AM

I have a friend with a horse farm. Saves him money and makes me feel good.

-- ~the turtle

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 04:35 AM

What does he do with it on his horse farm?? There are lots of them around where I live. I know a couple of my boys classmates have horses on their acreages that came with their million dollar mansions. As opposed to my 15 square foot backyard that came with my significantly less expensive home.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 04:40 AM

If there’s any walnut shavings at all in the bag you can not use it anywhere near horses (or probably any other animal of the sorts). Walnut can be deadly to these animals

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 04:45 AM

Shavings are use in horse stalls as beding for them to lay on and keep the place smelling nice they also can be use for other animals as well

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 04:51 AM

Click for details

Here is a link to a project posted by a lumberjock to make firestarters.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 06:06 AM

My township has a recycling center where they grind up limbs, compost leaves and grass clippings … and my shavings into compost for residents.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 07:14 AM

A friend with a lot of horses picks it up ones a week.


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#8 posted 05-04-2011 10:27 AM

If you want to make fire starters and your shavings are too large, use the wife’s food processor to grind them down. You might want to try this when she is out of the house. (grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 05-05-2011 12:43 AM

Sometimes I’ll use my shavings in the finishing process.
I wad a ball of shavings and use them to hand-rub the wood after final planing, before I apply the finish.

-- 温故知新

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 05:36 AM

I use them to control the weeds between the raised gardens in the back yard. If/when weeds do appear they are dead easy to pull from the sawdust as it is not a real good structural support for the plants, so it makes weeding the paths easy and it also aids in water retention in the soil. I am thinking of putting it between the planted rows as well for the same reasons…I am a bit concerned that it may reduce the nitrogen content of the soil over time, but I think a bit of ‘aged’ cow manure should alleviate any nitrogen deficiencies.

Of course if I use any walnut I’ll have to reconsider its use in the vegetable garden as weed control as the chemical content of walnut that dakremer was referring to is also harmful to plants.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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