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03-02-2008 05:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer question

I had a fun time today prepping the lumber for my first all-solid-wood project – but I was amazed at how much shavings were produced from just 20 board feet. I filled 3 trash bags just today!


What do you guys do with all this stuff? Just toss it out? Is there anything useful I can do with it?

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-02-2008 05:58 AM

I use it in my composter and as mulch around the landscaping. It decomposes fairly quickly.

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#2 posted 03-02-2008 06:16 AM


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#3 posted 03-02-2008 06:53 AM

yep, it’s good in compost, as a mulch (away from the house)
you can even mix it with wax to make firestarters:

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#4 posted 03-02-2008 07:55 AM

I give my shavings to a friend who uses them in the family hamster cage.

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#5 posted 03-02-2008 08:08 AM

My brother-in-law takes my dust for compost, thats a win win situation.

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#6 posted 03-02-2008 01:25 PM

compost, wood burning stove fuel, to soak up oil spills, horse bedding, etc.

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 03-02-2008 02:39 PM

walnut sawdust isn’t good for the gardens.. but the rest of my sawdust goes into the compost and onto gardens.
I just read that initially, sawdust draws the nitrogen out of the soil (not a good thing) but i’m guessing that once it starts decomposing the nitrogen gets put back in.

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#8 posted 03-02-2008 08:55 PM

If the sawdust is from a nut or fruit tree I use it in my smoker especially alder, cherry, walnut and pear it helps make the wife happier when I track sawdust through the house as to the others I use it in the garden as well but be careful you can burn your plants sensitive roots like MsDeebbie was saying. There are many sites that will tell you what wood is safe to smoke with and what is not. Like pine which is a nut producer but you wouldn’t want your food tasting like turpentine or then maybe you do, LOL.

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#9 posted 03-02-2008 09:13 PM

Don’t your walnut shavings have paint on them Debbie?

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#10 posted 03-02-2008 09:17 PM

I use my shavings and sawdust in the garden too.

By the way, nice jointer you have. I have the same one except mine is not on wheels. That is one of my next projects.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 03-02-2008 09:21 PM

I share a building with a friend that makes springs. He uses most of my sawdust for oil cleanup. I take what he doesn’t use and use it in the garden. Besides compost you can use the saw dust as an ingredient in a lasagna bed.

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#12 posted 03-02-2008 09:24 PM

Hmm…lasagna with shavings. Talk about your daily fiber requirements…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 03-02-2008 09:48 PM

I spread the shavings on walking paths at my lake property, it helps keep the grass down.

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#14 posted 03-02-2008 10:51 PM

With the prices of wood pellets and shavings rising up and up, there is no shortage of farmers (both commercial and hobby-type) willing to take these, and some even pay for them. I bag mine up in 50 gallon contractor bags (separating out the oak and discarding the walnut), and then make a call or 2 and they gone.

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#15 posted 03-02-2008 11:08 PM

ooooouch.. they never forget !! lol
lol no, none of my painted walnut made it into the scrap pile. I’m going to save it forever!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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