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Woodworking: what do you do with your sawdust and shavings?

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loveshercowdog
Arlington, TX

February 26, 2006
4:15 AM

Post #2072090

Hi All
I'm a gardener married to a hobby woodworker. How do you use all that sawdust from oak etc? The shavings from the planer would make good mulch, but how do you use yours?
Thank you for all the great wood working projects, I love to lurk here
cynthia
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 26, 2006
4:48 AM

Post #2072136

Sawdust and shavings go out to mulch or get tilled into the ground.
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 26, 2006
3:22 PM

Post #2072683

Same here... it all goes into the garden.
I do my own version of the lasagna garden and layer anything I can get my hands on with manure and dirt.
I am always thrilled to get hubby's sawdust and shavings.
Dovey
Repeat_Bloomer
Peekskill, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 26, 2006
6:08 PM

Post #2073035

Just make sure those shavings, whether from the table saw, planer, or joiner, don't contain remains from pressure-treated lumber, as those may contain chemicals you don't really want or need in your garden. I try to separate my shavings -- i.e., empty untreated sawdust into the garden or compost heap, and empty pressure treated shavings into the trash.

This message was edited Feb 26, 2006 5:11 PM
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 26, 2006
7:10 PM

Post #2073152

EEPS!
That's an important thing to point out.
loveshercowdog
Arlington, TX

February 26, 2006
8:14 PM

Post #2073292

last year I had a lot of sawdust and some heavy sticky red clay. I was given one of those black compost containers so I layed these with dog do and alfalpha. I stirred it up and watered pretty regularly and it turned into this interesting stuff. About 6 months later, I hauled it out to level out the edge of a bed and planted anemones, crocus etc under it. They are happily growing and the sticky red clay helped it hold moisture better than a regular compost would.
c
Magwar
Royston, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 27, 2006
2:38 PM

Post #2074947

I thought they did away with chemicals in pressure treated lumber (thats what my mother told me anyways) Was told that the lumber is now pressure treated with water...

Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

As for the topic, I just blow the sawdust out of my garage onto the lawn lol.
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 27, 2006
5:19 PM

Post #2075286

Hi Magwar,
I think most the stuff sold at DIY stores is not treated with arsenic anymore.
Here's some info from Taunton Press
http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/pages/h00127.asp

But pressure treated lumber is still treated with less toxic compounds to repel destructive insects, these repellents would not be beneficial to compost.

Dovey
bseddon
Pittsfield,, MA
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2006
12:36 PM

Post #2109202

My husband creates LOTS of sawdust and it goes intot he compost pile. I used to put it straight on the gardne but it depletes the urea until it decomposes a bit. Also DO NOT put walnut into the compost I understand it's toxic. We're also careful about shavings or sawdust from finished wood of any type
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2006
6:28 PM

Post #2293005

I have a truckload of cedar sawdust. It is a mix of new and stuff from up to a year ago. Can I use it directly for mulch now?
Repeat_Bloomer
Peekskill, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 23, 2006
3:59 PM

Post #2309247

I would certainly think so. Seeing as I just bought 25 bags of shredded cedar, I wish I had what you have!
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2006
7:50 PM

Post #2313413

Too bad you're so far away, Repeat_Bloomer.

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