Shop Clean Up Tip #1: Sawdust to the rescue

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Blog entry by woodklutz posted 11-05-2010 12:00 AM 883 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cleaning my brushes in thinner or mineral spirits, or emptying my stain pot, I pour the liquid into a can filled with sawdust. The sawdust absorbs the liquid and at the end of the week I toss it. In fact I keep two can of dust,one for the liquids and one for the container that they came in. After I pour out the liquid I am left with a residual amount of whatever was in the container, I add the dust and stir it around the insides until there is nothing left, swab it with a paper towel, ready for a new job.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 12:09 AM

Never heard of it.
Never would have thought of it.

Cool !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 12:46 AM

i can always use shop clean up tips .. ive got a 50 gallon bag full of sawdust that ive been dying to so somethin with!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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