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Sawdust, a problem or a resource?

by stefang
posted 844 days ago


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SuburbanDon

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#1 posted 844 days ago

I don’t make that much sawdust and I just throw it away. I suppose I should bag it. Somebody can use it.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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zindel

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#2 posted 844 days ago

If you live in a cold part of the world you could make a sawdust stove. It is basically an oil drum and some vents and you got yourself a lot of heat for the winter. There are videos on youtube if your interested.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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kaschimer

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#3 posted 844 days ago

I breathe it… probably should invest in DC at some point… Seriously, the stuff I don’t breathe I throw away :)

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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Roger

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#4 posted 844 days ago

I have 5 acres so I walk down the hill & dispense of it down there. I probably look like Santa, only skinier while totin that bag on me back… lol I don’t believe sawdust should be used in flower beds, but, that’s my opinion. I do not know if it is good or bad, or both.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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stefang

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#5 posted 844 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion Zindel, but something like that would create an insurance problem here in Norway, not to mention that it would be just plain illegal. Yes Steve, I breath a lot too mine too. After all these years I like it better than fresh air, at least that’s what my wife claims!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jmos

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#6 posted 844 days ago

I’m fortunate that my Brother-in-law has a small organic farm and uses my sawdust/shavings for the animals. I bag it up and my Mother-in-law hauls it away. Otherwise I’d put it out on the curb with the leaves and branches.

-- John

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Dave

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#7 posted 844 days ago

Large shavings are good for paint and finish removal, also for burnishing wood. I use the big stuff for animal bedding and kitty litter. I also have a compost pile I put the little stuff in and the other when the animals are done with it. I have just swept it out the front door of the shop. Place in your drive way for traction from mud or snow. Use it for soaking up oil under your car. Make a path in your garden. Add to cement or mortar to lighten it up.
But be careful with plants and animals with black walnut its poisonous.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Manitario

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#8 posted 844 days ago

my wife uses some of it in her compost gardens. I unfortunately use a lot of walnut which apparently is poisonous to other plants, so that gets bagged and out with the trash. It’s too bad; when I’m working on a project with rough sawn wood (which is the only wood I can buy up here) I’ll fill my 30 gallon DC bin every few days.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Bagtown

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#9 posted 844 days ago

I dump it out back in the alders by the lake.
Hand plane shavings get used to start the weber kettle and the Big Green Egg.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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David Craig

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#10 posted 844 days ago

If it is very fine, I will sometimes save it. I have thought about getting little containers and having samples after each wood type I work on. Mixed with some wood glue, there is not a better filler and the wood color always matches.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Roger

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#11 posted 844 days ago

that’s a good point David C. I do have a few small baby food jars (you could use sandwich baggies), with sanding dusts of Maple, Oak, Walnut for the purpose you mention, and it works gr8 for filling in, and like you said, you get a good match

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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jm8

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#12 posted 844 days ago

I believe Wood Magazine listed some uses for sawdust. One was you add melted paraffin wax with saw dust that is in a muffin wrapper (Have no idea what the official name of this wrapper is) and voila, you have a fire starter for the fire place.

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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xwingace

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#13 posted 844 days ago

If you mix it with Gorilla glue you can make some pretty interesting scupltures! I forget what the ratio is to get good results, it’s been a while since I have done that.

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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shipwright

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#14 posted 844 days ago

I burn it in a regular wood stove. Works great as long as you are patient and add it a shovel full at a time so it doesn’t choke the fire. It adds heat to the shop and really reduces the dump runs. Between sawdust and scraps, I never need kindling. When I ran the Harbour Ferry fleet I had a lot of used engine oil. Mixed with sawdust that would bring a cold shop up to temperature nice and fast.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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daltxguy

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#15 posted 844 days ago

I use it in the composting toilet, otherwise it goes in the compost or gets given away to people with chickens. Nothing gets wasted and sawdust is not waste! It’s a valuable resource.

Please don’t throw it away! For goodness sakes, compost it!
Those who throw it away probably turn around and pay to buy compost.

Otoh, if it is treated wood ( please say no) then this is toxic waste and should be disposed of appropriately.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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SPalm

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#16 posted 844 days ago

Hey Stefang, you are absolutly right about not composting it- because of the need for nitrogen. Wood is almost all carbon. Composting requires a ratio of carbon to nitrogen, about 30:1, for the little critters to do their work and turn it into soil.

Wood has a ratio somewhere in the hundreds to 1 ratio depending on the wood. So if one wants to do this you need to add nitrogen for the magic to happen. Nitrogen is found in green plant material. Once it dries, you basically just have carbon. So grass clippings can be used – and other ‘living’ things like kitchen scraps, but you can do the math and find out how much you would need to counteract 30 gallons of sawdust.

Side note: Dead mature tree leaves are already at the perfect 30:1 ratio. (Give or take).

I don’t know what to do with mine, but when I wanted to compost it, I found all this stuff out.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dennisgrosen

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#17 posted 844 days ago

if you make enoff sawdust you can compress it to woodbric´s or to pellets
that can be used in a stove as firewood

but that require a hydralic mashinery :-)

Dennis

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joebloe

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#18 posted 844 days ago

With me it makes a difference what kind of wood I’m working with.If I’m working with cypress ,which I buy rough cut,I save the saw dust for a friend of the family,that has pets ,works great in the bottom of the cages.If its pine I compost it.

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gfadvm

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#19 posted 844 days ago

I have dumped it on the flower beds for years and it has not caused any problems contrary to others and yes I put the walnut right in with the mesquite, pine, fir, hedge, etc. I’ll post some pics of the flower beds if it ever stops raining! (6” and still raining).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Schwieb

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#20 posted 844 days ago

I have to be a little careful about this. We use as much as we can for our animals. You must be sure of what you are spreading out for animal contact. I find some use for MOST but not all shavings. Some woods are toxic to some animals, Walnut for one. If I am running a bunch of pine or cypress, even oak I will use it in the horse stalls. If a bag is really mixed up with different shavings, I will spread it out in the chicken yard. They’ll scratch at it like crazy and after awhile it makes pretty good compost. I discard real sawdust and fine dust. The hand-plane and green turning shavings are pretty nice for rabbit beading and making paths. The spiral shapes are pretty cool as they dry. I do have a open burning site and am allowed to do that but I see energy just going to waste and wish I had a simple method of taping into that potential. It does not work good as mulch unless you don’t want things to grow.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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devann

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#21 posted 844 days ago

I dump some of it into the compost pile. I use some of it in my art work, the wood art pieces. I bottle it up depending upon how it was cut, by species, and by size .

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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buffalosean

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#22 posted 844 days ago

Saw dust, shavings and chips are good bedding for animals.

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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Martyroc

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#23 posted 844 days ago

I compost it, I have plenty of green and brown items in my compost, so there is never the wrong mix in my composter.before the composter I would just throw it out, very wasteful but I honestly didn’t know how else to utilize it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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stefang

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#24 posted 844 days ago

A lot of great ideas for using the waste. I think it might be good if someone came up with an affordable sawdust compactor for home use. I remember quite a few years ago we tried putting sawdust into empty milk cartons. They didn’t burn very well. Plus it was PIN to do that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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WDHLT15

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#25 posted 844 days ago

I sell it for $10 a pick-up load. The sawmill makes a bunch of sawdust.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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bleorgh

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#26 posted 844 days ago

Saw dust.75% Ashes from a wood stove 25%(binding agent). Sugar and water cut 50/50. Make a paste pliable like silly putty. Stuff mix in 6 in. Sewer pipe scrap piece 18 inches long and wait about a week. Knock out your log with a handle of a sledge hammer. May come out in pieces but who cares…you’re gonna burn it. You may drill some ventilation holes in the pipe also depending on the humidity in your area (I live in the desert) .

-- The minute my 42" Crick level LIES I'll kiss your ass !

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bleorgh

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#27 posted 844 days ago

Saw dust.75% Ashes from a wood stove 25%(binding agent). Sugar and water cut 50/50. Make a paste pliable like silly putty. Stuff mix in 6 in. Sewer pipe scrap piece 18 inches long and wait about a week. Knock out your log with a handle of a sledge hammer. May come out in pieces but who cares…you’re gonna burn it. You may drill some ventilation holes in the pipe also depending on the humidity in your area (I live in the desert) .

-- The minute my 42" Crick level LIES I'll kiss your ass !

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bleorgh

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#28 posted 844 days ago

Experiment with the mix. Sugar is cheap but you wont want a syrup as it will burn way too hot for a wood stove.

-- The minute my 42" Crick level LIES I'll kiss your ass !

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racerglen

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#29 posted 844 days ago

Sawdust also works suprizingly well as a hand cleaner, I have a mechanic friend with a cabnet shop next door, he uses all he can get as floor cleanup and as a hand cleaner.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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