Sawdust Art

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You’ve probably seen Sand Art before, but I thought I would try Sawdust Art. I bought a vase from the dollar store and filled it with sawdust from different types of wood.

I placed a pizza box lid under my table saw to catch the saw dust, then dumped it in the vase. It took about 10-15 cuts on each piece of scrap depending on how thick it was. Alternate between dark and light woods for the best effect. Use a spoon to create the wavy lines and compress it as you go to prevent future settling.

I attached a piece of wood on top with a hot glue gun, but I think a jar with a lid would be even easier. From the responses I’ve received, it appears this could be a good seller at craft shows.

Click here to watch my short video of this project.

A group of us YouTube woodworkers released a bunch of Scrap Bin Challenge videos today to inspire people to make stuff out of their scrap and share ideas. This was my contribution. If you would like some ideas for using up your scrap wood, click here to watch a playlist of the Scrap Bin Challenge videos.

Thanks for having a look at my project. I hope this gives you an idea for using your scraps. Kids would love to do this if you make the sawdust for them. Have a great day!!! Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 06:02 PM

I like that. Great idea ans great job doing it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 06:09 PM

You are going to start a new trend here.

Great idea Steve. Keep them coming.

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 08:06 PM

Now that is unique and a great way to reuse what most of us throw in the trash. Good job Steve!!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 10-17-2014 08:28 PM

Great video and project.
Now convince the ladies that a jar full of sawdust belongs on the dining room table…..................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 11:53 AM

really cool stuff Steve

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 10-18-2014 12:43 PM

Finally something to do with my saw dust. Great idea.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#7 posted 10-18-2014 02:55 PM

Cool idea.

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 12:04 PM

Verry original idea. Looks great.Now I know what to do with it. You just remind me not to vaste anything.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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