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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-29-2018 10:02 AM 730 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and girls, I just finished watching another one of those videos where the author advises the use of sawdust in the glue squeeze out to create that seamless join especially when you finish up using a zig saw instead of the zag saw… GREAT TIP!

Now if you are like me, there is never enough time to finish clamping before the glue starts to set, let alone go foraging for enough sawdust to mix into the squeeze out/gaps… and sometimes I have craters.

If you are a clean freak… OOPS, the shop would be spotless and if you are not then the sawdust on the floor should be contaminated by cigarette butts, empty tinnies and leftover micro-waved leftovers.

I went to my supermarket and could not find any bottled sawdust on the shelf; I lodged a serious complaint with the manager. Arriving home and failing a Google search, I decided to bottle my own brew.

I am a dust freak… (the missus says I use the word “dust” too freely…) so I have posse of cyclone collectors (Dust Deputies) front ends to all my dust collectors and shop vacs.

One of the DD’s is for my sanding and from that I can harvest very fine sawdust. Another one “front ends” behind my mitre saw. This can supply me with the coarse dust.

Some of that dust I then sieve to give me the medium dust…, here’s the proof,

Now a lot will say that the saw dust may not match the job… especially if you use diversified timber. I suggest farm more frequently after processing specific timbers… alternatively put some of that scrap we all brag about and spend a few hours making dedicated dust, bottle it

and try not to mix it up with your favourite alcoholic beverage.

Often you’ll be caught with your pants down and don’t have matching saw dust, I feel that a contrasting “hair line” is better than a gaping hole or congealed glue (often yellow, white or grey) that cannot be coloured without excavating the fill… and then you fill it with what?

Just make sure you have reserves and next to the project during glue up.

Hope this may inspire some to make some saw instead of the traditional bull.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-29-2018 10:18 AM

Dear DDW
Dead Duck Walking,

I see some jars and cake making items kleptoed from the kitchen … thats death sentence behaviour LBD.

A woodchipper comes to mind.

As for being caught with your pants down, to the best of my knowledge I havent met a duck yet that actually wears pants.

You really do not need that much sawdust (unless you are building something measured in cubits) just put some in a zip lock bag write the species on it, stash it away in a safe place and you will live longer.
Then after dark try to sneak all the wifes gear back into the kitchen unnoticed ensuring that you remove any evidence of tampering first.

BTW where is the video link please.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 05-29-2018 10:40 AM


..... You really do not need that much sawdust…..
- robscastle

Some of the gaps in my joinery make the Grand Canyon look like a hairline crack.

If I die before I use it up, I won’t remember regretting the over indulgence and if I don’t die I’ll get to refill the bottle.

I make/made pens and used sawdust to fill voids… with fat fingers its easier to wastefully overfill than repeat, repeat, repeat! Also in a gigantic glue up I’m not gonna say that that crack needs .2372g of sawdust… I’ll round it up to .2375g… hang the waste!

PS. The missus wanted to know how dare you consider her kitchen goodies are sawdust?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#3 posted 05-29-2018 10:55 AM

and the pants?

Or more correctly the absence of them?

Do you need to borrow my other tape measure?

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-29-2018 11:19 AM



Do you need to borrow my other tape measure?


- robscastle


Sorry rc, I’m colour blind… cannot read yellow… does it measure in grams?

Now you know who wears the pants in my family!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 05-29-2018 09:07 PM

Great story LBD but wouldn’t it be easier to cut/plane/fit joints together perfectly before gluing to save all this hassle?

-- Peter New Zealand

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#6 posted 05-29-2018 10:40 PM



Great story LBD but wouldn t it be easier to cut/plane/fit joints together perfectly before gluing to save all this hassle?

- Pjonesy


Sorry Pj, but I am a mere mortal not a kiwi… we all strive for perfect cuts and then look in the mirror and find the face is covered in razor nicks.

There has been far too many times when I need to resort to using a post glue up filler… during glue ups I often think of this technique but never have sawdust handy. This is just a method to farm in case you might need it.

If the joint is perfect squeeze out with sawdust is easier to sand and if there’s nothing to fill… that mistake is a bonus.

For people that use the sawdust in squeeze out method, I’d be interested in how they get their sawdust filler.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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