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#1 posted 07-18-2012 11:50 AM

I put a lot of walnut sawdust over some weeds I wanted to kill or at least stunt their growth. Nope, they grew like I’d added fertilizer. I use some of the cherry & maple shavings for animal bedding. The rest I burn. So far, I’ve not found anyone who is willing to pick it up. Each gunstock I carve starts out as a blank that weighs from 10 to 12 lbs. A finished benchrest stock usually weighs around 3.5 lbs and a sporter weighs about 2.5 lbs. I have a LOT of shavings to dispose of. It is also hard to keep the walnut separate. One day I’d like to build a machine to press the shavings into pellets and burn them in a furnace to heat my home and shop, but right now if I don’t burn the extra shavings my sawdust pile would be as big as my house. Every time I burn a pile of sawdust, I can't help but think about this Etsy auction.... Are they really selling this stuff for the listed price? If they are, I’m burning a stack of $20 bills.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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