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John Smith

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 12:44 PM

it is not the sawdust that does the actual collecting of dust . . .
it is the oil, wax or solvent you put into it. the sawdust is just
the carrier that holds it all together. the builders sand also plays a small part.
if you wanted to try it in your shop – use plain water to “dampen” your
sawdust and sweep it around.
for safety measures, never use a highly flammable substance such as gasoline
in the mix. also, oils that will never evaporate is not a good idea (such as diesel fuel).
it costs almost nothing to mix up a coffee can of compound and practice with different
ingredients (floor wax, builders sand, etc) and sprinkle a handful on the floor
and sweep it around. you will be surprised at how much dust it will collect.
fine powder such as drywall dust will take more because it will absorb the oil in the S/C.

fine sawdust will not work as well as coarse sawdust. dirt will not work as well as builders sand.
motor oil will not work as well as mineral oil or liquid floor wax.
mineral spirits or kerosene sort of melts it all together.
experiment and see what you can come up with that works for you in your shop.

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