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Project by doubleDD posted 93 days ago 750 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all started as I’m sure it has happened to many by putting on a finish and dropping it in sawdust. I was finishing a beer mug koozie for my brother as a gift for his birthday when after applying a coat of poly, dropped it in a pile of shavings when I took it off the lathe.
After a few seconds of words and thoughts I gave it a close look and my mind started going crazy with ideas. This could have possibilities I said to myself and decided to experiment later. I wiped off what I could, let it dry, sanded again, and finished the mug.
A few days later playing around with the sawdust finish idea, had me wanting to try more and more different things. I applied different dyes to see how it would take. Some look good and some not so good. Anyway here are a couple of sawdust finished items I wanted to share. One is the lime and coconut, and the other is who knows what. I don’t know if this has any value with finishing but I can tell you this, it makes a great smooth grip on something if your looking to make a non slip handle.
If you guys think I’m on to something let me know. If I’m wasted my time, let me know too. The final finish is polycrylic with different dyes and sawdust. Thanks for looking.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Rick M.

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#1 posted 93 days ago

I’m partial to the cinnamon. Trying to think of practical applications but drawing a blank, doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#2 posted 93 days ago

Rick, thats my same thought. Could it be used for something. It would make a good grip on a screwdriver.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 93 days ago

Looks like you have opened another “can of worms”!

Very interesting…

Looking forward to seeing more of your sawdust Finishes…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 93 days ago

How about a carving mallet or any mallet for that matter. Better grip is always good!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 93 days ago

Your finishing process is unique and very interesting to say the least!
The result looks a lot like old pottery as opposed to wood.

Never know, you may have started a craze, and these could be something “gobbled up” at craft shows!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 93 days ago

Those look great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 93 days ago

That’s the way great ideas usually happen – from mistakes.
I dunno about this one though.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 93 days ago

That is truly unique. Does it come out smooth after using the poly or can you still feel the texture of the saw dust. I wonder if you kept sanding until it came out real smooth to the touch??


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 93 days ago

I would start putting it on everything. maybe the beer koozie needs a nonslip finish. I’ve been working on trying to incorporate the stone inlays in some pieces with limited results, but maybe you could crush some stone and dust it in with the sawdust to create some more interesting textures.

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#10 posted 93 days ago

Interesting idea…..this might be a “go to” finish for you from now on…. :-)

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 93 days ago

Yes, this is a great idea to play around with. I really like pic #3. Would like to do a whole piece that color. “Nice” mistake !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 93 days ago

Hey Joe, if I opened up a can of worms I’ll need to figure out how best to use it.

James, I have been thinking this could be a good grip for a handle.

oldnovice, I still have a lot of playing around to do before any selling, but there are possibilities.

Thanks hoss, some of the dyes look realy great, some not, but that’s just me.

Uncle Stumpy, I have some doubt but need to keep trying.

Hi Jim. It has a finished feeling of a football or wrinkled finish. The more coats the smoother it gets. If after a couple coats you wanted a smooth finish you could sand it down and I think you would get there. I’m working on that one now.

NaptownWood, It would make a great grip for a koozie. The other idea is if the wood has too many cracks, they can be covered up with this process.

kdc68, I’m definitely considering this on some projects.

jaykaypur, yes, picture 3 is my favorite. It has a granite look to it and that’s what keeps me going on this.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#13 posted 93 days ago


I LOVE IT! It’s different, but the texture is great. I think it’s a wonderful finish for decor pieces. Different from what we usually produce, but very visually interesting. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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Monte Pittman

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#14 posted 93 days ago

Very cool. I always like original ideas.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#15 posted 93 days ago

Hi Dave, I think it is a great idea. You are certainly not wasting your time!! I can see some very attractive lidded boxes on your project list using your finishing methods shown in this project. Also, I believe you could make some very good tool handles with that kind of finish.

Children’s Toys and Christmas decorations are something else you could apply this to.
Very innovative thinking!!!

Well done Dave. Regards,


-- Cliff Australia

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