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Blog entry by sIKE posted 02-23-2009 06:40 AM 10126 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been jointing/planning down a good bit of rough 5/4 cherry and…..

Oh No!
Oh No!-2

negleted to check my bag….what a mess, I filled up into the top bag, had to scoop a good bit into the trash can above, so I could get to the bag to dump it into the big trash can.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 06:59 AM

At least you have a bag! :)

This happened all the time when I worked at Home Depot and they had giant bags. I think I was the only one who ever emptied it and by then it was already halfway up the top bag! Can you say “buried to your waist in sawdust”?

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 07:09 AM

The best one in my book is seeing the students get dusted from the shaker. The students shut off the collector, them immediately head outside to dump. About 30sec or a min later, the shakers kick in. About that time they are usually pulling one of the cans and get dusted! lol.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 02:40 PM

I work at my friends cabinet shop on the weekends, and since they generously let me use their equipment and scavenge through their woodpile, I try to do a little extra by cleaning up and emptying the DC. They run both top bags up to half full all the time! I have developed a technique of shoving the bottom bag out with a plastic can to catch the stuff in the upper bag…but I still end up sweeping up a ton of sawdust.


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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 02:43 PM

Something like that got me yelled at by my dear wife. I was planing some cherry for my bedroom remodeling project, while just letting the chips pile up in the driveway outside my shop. After 4 hours of running the planer I had 4 or 5 trashcans full of planer chips piled up behind the planer. But I had left the shop door open and some of the chips had blown back into the shop. Needless to say when my wife, who believes that MY shop should always be need and tidy, had a few choice comments about the ” mess I was making”.

But it is easy to forget to take of minor details like emptying the dust collector, such as you did, when we are in the middle of a project. I guess that is one advantage of the collectors that have a clear bag in which to collect the chips.

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 05:03 PM

For whats its worth; my DC has a heavy clear plastic bag so I can always see where I’m at and by adding a can with a vortex type lid it only gets saw dust, not shavings So the times between emptying are quite extended compared to the hourly +/- changes required other wise.

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Will Mego

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 06:38 PM

compost your dust! layer it with food waste.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#7 posted 02-23-2009 08:45 PM

I have been composting it, but this is just too much brown….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 02-23-2009 08:50 PM

I had both bags full a couple of times. It doesn’t take much when you are planing 20 or 30 boards. You just forget about the DC.

All of a sudden the chips start to come out of the front of the planer. Nothing is moving.

Time to clean up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 02-23-2009 08:57 PM

Composting wood takes a lot of nitrogen added. (up to 40%) by weight.
Make sure you give it lots of time to break down before you garden with it.


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#10 posted 02-23-2009 09:01 PM

Non-toxic types of woods/sawdust can be used to cultivate mushrooms. I’m referring the the legal edible types, not the others.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 02-23-2009 09:04 PM

Oh I have so been there. One time I forgot and the chips rose up into the top bag by about 6 inches. Just pulling the bottom bag resulted in a massive shower of dust. I have since switched to a bigger DC and it has clear bags. Best thing I ever did. Still hate emptying it though!

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#12 posted 02-23-2009 09:10 PM

I filled into the top bag also. Th trashcan has the saw dust from the top bag and from the ring of the DC. Talk about dusty!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Will Mego

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#13 posted 02-24-2009 04:45 AM

if you have the space, you can make a compost “row” which is pretty much just instead of a pile, make a fenced in hallway of compost…exposes it a little better, and you can get more bang out of your nitro buck…otherwise, if you’ve got THAT much, consider making it pretty compact and dense, get some hot composting going. I know we used to have a pile of dust and wood chips, several yards in quantity, which once it got going would steam all winter, you could see steam pouring off of it. Of course, you have to watch it, since too hot from the anaerobic reactions and it can even burst into flames…and that had no green at all, solid brown. Once that white mold gets going, it’s fast.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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