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06-26-2014 10:55 AM

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What are some of the uses for shavings from my planer ?, i have several leaf bags full of the stuff. There is a mixture of oak, pine, cherry, walnut and maple.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 11:21 AM

I have used them for various things off and on.

Walnut (warranted or not) mainly gets isolated and thrown away or used in the fire pit. I have used the cherry mainly for smoking meats and as mulch in the garden. I will turn in oak, maple, and cherry shavings into the garden beds and also compost piles. Lots of times for mixed stuff I just give it to coworker with chickens and goats and it is used for coops and bedding material.

Some has gone to coworkers that scrap book also. Some shavings depending on origin also have been used for packing materials/display for wine or other items.

I haven’t made one yet but looked at making compressed logs or some of the rocket stove variations to burn it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 11:49 AM

Like Travis said, walnut will contaminate the rest of your shavings, so keeping it separate will make the other shavings useful.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 01:05 PM

I compost my shavings.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 01:08 PM

I to use the Cherry for smoking meats and give the rest to a friend for animal bedding, minus the walnut.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 02:03 PM

I used to keep all sorts of shavings and cutoffs for smoking (assuming it was an appropriate wood), but I ended up creating them faster than I could ever use them, so for the most part they just go in the trash now. Plus, I’ve fallen in love with pecan and use that for the overwhelming majority of my grill/smoke sessions, and I don’t really tend to have pecan ever go through the shop.

Plane shavings on the other hand, I like to collect and use it as padding/packing material for when I give gifts.

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 02:03 PM

I use my saw dust and shavings to make fire starters. I purchased an old 3 qt sauce pan at a yard sale and melt paraffin wax on the outdoor grill. I mix in shavings and saw dust and stir to coat. (!1part wax to 3 parts saw dust). I use old cardboard egg cartons as molds and firmly press the mixture into the indentations that hold the eggs. Once they mixture cool I cut apart the egg carton and use each as a fire starter. They will burn ~20 minutes on their own and will start most camp fires or charcoal fires.

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 02:26 PM

What is the problem with the Walnut shavings?

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 02:29 PM

I have several people with horses vying for my shavings. I sell them for enough to cover the cost of the bags and a little for my time to help load on their truck.

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 03:09 PM

Nothing wrong with walnut shaving. I have been using it in the garden and have never had any issues with it. lndfilwiz, good idea. I mix mine with kerosene to start a fire in the stove.


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#10 posted 06-26-2014 03:49 PM

I hope to buy a machine to start making wood pellets with mine later this year. Right now I have 23 contractor bags full that I give to whoever wants them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 04:01 PM

Walnut leaches out some sort of chemical that can be deadly to horses, as far as I know horses are the only animal that are affected by Walnut. If you do a Google search on this you can read about how walnut affects horses, it is a bit more complex then what I expained

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 06:31 PM

The latest I’d read, and I admit it’s been a couple of years, was that jugulone mostly occurs in the buds, nut hulls and roots of the walnut tree, less in leaves and twigs and least in the bark and trunk of the tree. ..So, unless something new has been determined in the last couple of years, walnut wood has so little of the toxic chemical that it’s not worth bothering about.

Noteworthy : it’s wise not to put valuable plants near a live walnut tree. Walnut leaves can be composted but avoid using the dirt around a walnut tree, nut hulls and root debris in your compost pile.

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 08:14 PM

Interesting about Walnut dust. Right now I am having a problem with Purpleheart dust while working on a project that is taking a very long time. Lots of sneezing, sniffling, and even some bronchitis. I am usually not affected my many things but my body sure doesn’t like Purpleheart. I am now wearing a mask as much as I dislike them.

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#14 posted 06-26-2014 08:37 PM

That is very common with Purpleheart. I had a bad sinus infection and little red bumps on my arms after making a letter opener out of a piece of it. There are a number of exotic woods that are considered irritants in one way or another that require extra caution

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#15 posted 06-26-2014 08:57 PM

I make some dust, but my wife’s bowl & pen turning can fill our 55 gallon drum(DC pre stage) in about 6 weeks. We empty the drum into those big paper leaf bags. Then periodically I put on my mask, take a full bag and an empty one then use a scoop I made from the top of a bleach jug and fill a paper lunch bag. Then fold the top over and staple it. I cut down the scoop, so it is just under a full lunch bag. I can fill 40 or 50 of them pretty quickly. They burn very well in our wood burning insert. They are great fire starters and seem to burn hotter and faster than logs.

The bags and staples are pretty cheap.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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