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09-17-2009 10:09 PM

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Now I know this might sound like a pretty silly question, but what do you do with your collected sawdust? Particularly the fines…

I have been beating the tar out of, uh I mean using my planer a LOT this last week, and have generated about 60 gallons of Cedar shavings, and dust. The ultra fines that get past the separator and into the lower bag aren’t much to speak of right now, BUT they will add up in the long run…

The stuff that gets in the dust bin, at least with Cedar, well the dust bin gets taken outside, and emptied into the flower beds with the larger chunks of mulch. The shavings and dust gets mixed and watered in to keep flyaway dust to minimum…

The woods I frequently work with so far are SYP (treated and untreated), Cedar, Red Oak, White Oak, Pecan, Mesquite , and Birch, and beech. I am trying to source some Black Walnut, and the various species of Maple (not exactly common in Texas).

I have heard Walnut is poisonous to flowerbeds so I want to make sure I don’t have the dust from that, or PT pine in the mix for the flowerbeds. But what else can I do with this stuff other than burn it, or put it in a landfill?

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 10:37 PM

Aromatic Cedar shavings (from the planer) can be put into cloth bags for pet bedding. The smell is pleasant and the shavings make a soft pillow.

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 10:50 PM

Most of my wood is pine and oak so I add it to my compost pile with all the other goodies. So far its doing great.

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 10:53 PM

I compost everything but PT. That goes in the trash.

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 01:13 AM

+1 on composting. Stir it in with shredded paper and household garbage in a bin and add worms.

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 01:31 AM

Yeah the compost pile gets all of mine unless i am cutting MDF, then I scoop up the real stuff and throw away the mdf.

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 03:48 AM

My wife uses it for mulch in her flower boxes and gardens…

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 04:30 AM

my lab uses it for bedding she really loves

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 04:49 AM

OK, I’ll be the first to say I put it in my shop trash and pitch it. I don’t make as much saw dust as a lot of you guys. It’s usually a mix of MDF, plywood and hardwoods. It’s not like throwing plastic bottles and diapers in the landfill, it’ll degrade pretty quickly. One member suggested blowing it into my attic for insulation then applying for a tax credit.

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 04:57 AM

I just threw two full bags into our city’s yard waste which does not go into the landfill but gets used for compost and other things…my goal is to switch to my own compost pile but I have not built an area in our yard makeover…YET!

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 05:00 AM

Now yard waste recycling is a good idea. I hadn’t thought of that. I use a lot of ply, but very little MDF. Most of my dust / shavings though are from solid stock that I mentioned above… Composting would be a good thing, but isn’t gonna happen on my property. Not enough land…

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 05:28 AM

Composting is the way to go. Just don’t put it immediately onto your flower beds uncomposted. It will suck the nutrients right out of the soil (heard this tip from the garden guy on NPR).

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#12 posted 09-18-2009 05:29 AM

My father composts all his sawdust, including MDF and plywood. Mine ends up in the dumpster.

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#13 posted 09-18-2009 06:26 AM

I have a special pile in the back yard for the saw dust. The goal is to make it as big as my yard waste piles.

When people see it and ask, “What’s that?”, I can talk about my projects that I’ve done. (Married guys might not be able to do stuff like this, i.e. building piles in the back yard.)

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#14 posted 09-18-2009 07:50 AM

It’s a great substitute for flower in cakes LOL

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#15 posted 09-18-2009 07:53 PM

Yea I think the land fills can use all the organic material they can get. It don’t produce methane

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