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fotbr

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1851 days ago

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I’ve recently invested in a dust collector, instead of just letting the shavings, chips, and sawdust collect and get swept up on occasion, along with anything else on the garage floor (metal shavings, etc). Wow, what an eye opener! I filled up a bag and half of a second one today milling some material down for a planter project.

Is there anything that can be done with it to prevent it from ending up taking up space in a landfill? Should I throw it on the compost pile? What do you do with yours?


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ahock

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#1 posted 1851 days ago

I realize there are negatives to this, but you can spread about 1 1/2” of planer chips on the floor and walk on them. If you have a concrete floor this makes a world of difference. When things start to look dirty just sweep em up and put down some more. Do you need any mulch for flower beds?

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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fotbr

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#2 posted 1851 days ago

Since my shop is also my garage, leaving a layer of shavings and chips on the floor isn’t really an option.

Hadn’t thought about use as mulch. Its the wrong color for my landscaping though.

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Pete_Jud

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#3 posted 1851 days ago

If you own a bar in Alaska, they go down on floor to catch the spit. But I compost mine, It depends on the type of wood, as alder is very high in it PH. Cedar and teak are oily, Doug Fir breaks down in a couple of months and seems to be a great soil conditioner for my clay soil. The doug fir I just spread it around the garden and till it in. I have a couple of compost piles for different types of wood, and In time it will all break down.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1851 days ago

To save filling up the land fill put all the shavings and saw dust in the back of your pick up uncovered and drive down the freeway at about 80 miles an hour and they will all be gone before you get to the dump. LOL

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sval229

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#5 posted 1851 days ago

They recycle everything here in NJ so I take mine to the local eco. facility when I get a few bags and dump them in with the grass clippings. They mix it all in and compost it all. I just try not to add walnut shavings. It can be toxic to some plants.

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tenontim

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#6 posted 1851 days ago

I used to take mine to the dump, in the manner that a1Jim mentioned. Now I just compost it and use some for mulch, depending on the flavor of the chips. If you have a surplus of bee’s wax, you can make fire starters to give to all of your friends and neighbors.

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woodworm

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#7 posted 1851 days ago

I know a1Jim was joking!
Give ‘em FOC to the farmers.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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mtkate

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#8 posted 1851 days ago

Mulch, mulch, mulch….. It may be the wrong coloring at first but after a season it blends in and you don’t really notice.

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fotbr

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#9 posted 1851 days ago

No, when I say its the wrong color, weathering won’t make it blend in. All my mulch is red. Yellow/tan turning to brown/grey won’t blend in with red.

Right now I’m thinking about throwing it in the compost pile to mix in with the grass clippings for a more equal “brown” and “green” mix of materials (supposedly it makes better compost than all green or all brown materials).

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mtkate

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#10 posted 1851 days ago

ah… too bad. But if you spread it all over your red mulch, then you would solve the color problem (LOL). Compost is good too.

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fotbr

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#11 posted 1851 days ago

Well, yeah…but that’d take a LOT of chips. And while I won’t mind making them, my wallet wouldn’t like buying the amount of wood it’d take to make that much mulch. Not to mention, I think I’d reach the end of my project list before I’d have anywhere near enough.

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#12 posted 1851 days ago

How about wrapping them up in a big box with colorful paper and ribbon and then leaving them on somebody’s doorstep?

“Wow, mulch!!? And for my birthday, no doubt.”

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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Box

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#13 posted 1851 days ago

I put mine in the burn pile in my back yard and burn it with the other trash.

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