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Dust collector disposal

by greatview
posted 1605 days ago

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338 posts in 1638 days

#1 posted 1605 days ago

How about wetting them down and using them as mulch in the gardens?

—edit—good for the chips anyway

For the sawdust, maybe start smoking some fish? :-)

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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2570 posts in 1929 days

#2 posted 1605 days ago

If you cut plywood and/or MDF then the sawdust will cause illness in your garden.

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#3 posted 1605 days ago

Walnut can also be bad for garden and/or animals that might step in the mulch.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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1357 posts in 2338 days

#4 posted 1605 days ago

ya be careful useing it as mulch, i gave a bag to the neighbor and it killed her flowers. she was not happy.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Rick Dennington

3307 posts in 1820 days

#5 posted 1605 days ago

Greetings Tom:... Hey, if you can’t find a good use for the sawdust and chips, why not just burn it? You’ll get rid of it quick, and won’t have to hassle with trying to give it away, or take a risk on burning your garden or flowerbed. Or… scatter it on your land, use it to fill some holes around your place. All kinds of ideas, here….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 1605 days ago

You’re probably better off not burning it, especially if it contains dust from plywood or mdf. If you know what it contains (i.e. no plywood, mdf, or walnut) you might be able to give it or sell it to a company that grows shiitake mushrooms (the rubbery mushrooms in Chinese food) because they grow on wood or sawdust blocks. Otherwise I would scatter it in some out of the way place on your property. Just make sure not to leave it in a huge pile. I’ve seen lots of huge piles of sawdust in out of the way places in different woodlots from sawmills that closed decades ago. The sawdust will start helping out the next generation of lumber if it’s spread out.

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10635 posts in 2872 days

#7 posted 1605 days ago

In the winter I use it to help start my wood stove. No plywood to speak of. In the summer I spread it out back or use it to help start outdoor fires we have on the patio. Just keep it covered.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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660 posts in 1826 days

#8 posted 1605 days ago

If you have a heavily treed area, you can spread it out there. Grass and shrubs don’t like the acidity of certain woods. Same with gardens, like Abbott said the resins used in plywood and MDF are poisonous to plants.

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428 posts in 1891 days

#9 posted 1604 days ago

You are right about the walnut shavings. I used it a few years ago as mulch, very little would grow after that. Ended up moving the garden.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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144 posts in 1948 days

#10 posted 1604 days ago

take it to a local pet store or feed store or give it to someone who has animals to use a bedding. I use it in my chicken house and the kids use it in their pet beds. Or, spread it lightly in the woods and run over it with the mower to scatter it (plus this is kickin’ fun!)

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2066 posts in 1690 days

#11 posted 1604 days ago

The town where has a city compost. I take mine there.

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10850 posts in 1740 days

#12 posted 1604 days ago

if there is a autogarage nearby maybee they want a bagfull
to dry up the oil on the floor when they have some small
oil accident´s from time to time

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1132 posts in 2608 days

#13 posted 1604 days ago

I was told that the saw dust (if not composted) will such the nitrogen out of the soil and that is why it is no goo for flower/garden beds. I use it to fill holes in the land, like land fill :) In the winter I use it like ice melt.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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124 posts in 1975 days

#14 posted 1604 days ago

That’s what I’ve heard, snowdog. I’d love to know how to effectively compost it to prevent the nitrogen leeching though. Anyone know if worms like it?

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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10850 posts in 1740 days

#15 posted 1604 days ago

JimmyNate and all others
if you composted it little by litte and mix it with
the green blades and other leftover
from your kitchengarden then there shuoldn´t
be too much trouble but you have to mix it
with fresh leftovers but that is what I do
anyway mix new materiel with the layer just
down under and if you want to know more
about composting there is gardentenders
and a full libery but you are always welcome
to pm me about it then I will see if I can help you


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4806 posts in 1799 days

#16 posted 1604 days ago

Bedding was my first thought.

Finding a person who likes to sew … and who might make “dog beds” out of fabric and the dust/chips … is another option.

Should make for a comfy dog bed. Might want to verify that there’s no particular safety risk for animals, given the kinds of species of wood you’ve cut….

These things are NEVER without a little effort … a little homework, are they? ;-)

-- -- Neil

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5378 posts in 1857 days

#17 posted 1603 days ago

“used cow food”

I can’t stop laughing, it hurts!

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65 posts in 1655 days

#18 posted 1603 days ago

Glue it all back together and make new boards to cut ;-)


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124 posts in 1975 days

#19 posted 1603 days ago

“used cow food”

This was pretty good.

Thanks for the info Dennis. We do some worm composting from leftover kitchen greens and such, I’ll try mixing in a bit of the dust.

Making paper is another idea…no idea how well it would work though.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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10850 posts in 1740 days

#20 posted 1603 days ago

sure you can make paper paper is made of fibre from trees
but I´m not so sure your wallet wuold like you to try ….LoL
even thow the process is simpel enoff


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