7 Innovative Ways to Reuse Sawdust

7 Innovative Ways to Reuse Sawdust

7-Innovative-Ways-to-Reuse-SawdustDid you know that as much as 10% of wood is wasted as sawdust!

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It goes without saying that sawdust is created if you are cutting the wood manually with a hacksaw or using a power tool like a circular saw or a Dremel 3000 or 4000. But they are created, to a large extent, also by the use of detail sanders, oscillating tools and drills.

Needless to say they create lot of problems on the work-floor requiring frequent cleaning requiring investment in a vacuum cleaner in most cases.

Finer sawdust, in most cases, remain suspended in air after cleaning and are known to cause severe breathing problems and can lead to occupational asthma and lung cancer.

Rather than throwing off the sawdust generated in your wood workshop as landfill, won’t it be nice if you can reuse them in our own workshop?

We have created a list of 7 innovative ways in which you can reuse Sawdust and help keep the planet Green.

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1. Use it as a Wood Filler

Since sawdust is nothing but wood, it can be used as an effective wood filler to fill up the holes in wood. If you are using the sawdust from the same wood then you can exactly match the color.

For this, you need to mix the sawdust with wood glue. Depending on the fineness of the sawdust you need to decide on the ratio of glue and sawdust. At the end, the mixture needs to have the texture of a putty-like compound.

The color of the mixture would come from the sawdust while the glue would act as a bonding agent.

Once the mixture is ready, put it as a filler in the holes of the wood and allow it to dry. Once dry, you need to sand the area to give it a smooth finish.

You have now avoided the usage of a wood filler made of epoxy and saved around $10.

See Also: How to Make Traditional Wood Filler

2. Use it as a Spill Soaker

Wood is hygroscopic, that means it is a good absorber of liquid. You can use this property of wood to use the sawdust in your workshop as a Spill Soaker.

You can use it to soak up paints, glue or gasoline if you happen to spill them in your workshop or around the household.

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You won’t come across such instances very frequently but you can keep couple of pounds of sawdust stored in your workshop to be used in case of a spill.

In case of a spill sprinkle ample amounts of sawdust to cover the spill properly.

Wait for a few minutes for the sawdust to soak up the spill.

Once done just brush off the sawdust.

3. Use it as a Glue Anti-Slip

If you have worked with wood glue, you would know that it is very easy to apply excess of it and get the alignment of joints wrong due to slippage. Sawdust can come to your rescue in such situations.

For this, sprinkle small amounts of sawdust on top of the glue after applying in on one of the wood surfaces. In this application, the finer the sawdust the better it would be.

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This will ensure that the other wood surface won’t slip as much and get misaligned.

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4. Use it as a Hand Cleaner

Working in your workshop, you are bound to get your hands dirty with grease, paint or oil sometimes or the other. They are notoriously hard to remove from the skin even with multiple washes with detergent and scrubber.

The sawdust in your workshop can help greatly in getting most of the grease and paint off your hands.

For this you need to apply copious amounts of sawdust on your wet hands. Give a minute for the sawdust to soak the liquid and then rub them off your hands.

You now just need a single wash with detergent to get completely cleaned hands.

5. Use it as a Weed Killer

You would be surprised to know that sawdust is a weed killer, especially sawdust from walnut wood. Weeds can be a serious menace in your garden and just by sprinkling the leftover walnut wood sawdust from your workshop on them. They would die off in a couple of days.

Walnut wood sawdust is able to kill weeds due to the presence of a chemical called Juglone which is toxic to many plants.

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You just saved your money spent on mulch!

6. Use it as a Compost for Growing Mushrooms

You might know that mushrooms love wood and they generally grow on downed trees or logs. Hence, it makes absolute sense to cultivate mushrooms on the leftover sawdust from your workshop.

I am sure they would not just grow but would thrive on a bed of sawdust.

For making your sawdust bed for mushrooms mix the sawdust with compost in a growing bag and keep the mixture moist. You need to keep the mixture inside the bag under a bit of pressure and below 38 degree C else the mycelium might potentially get killed.

Tip: Use hardwood sawdust for this as mushroom does not grow well on softwood. You can also reuse the sawdust and compost mixture for more than once.

7. Use it as a Fire Starter

Dry fine sawdust is highly inflammable. If you are going for a camping trip or taking your kids to a boys scout, using sawdust to light fires can be a pretty cool skill for them to learn.

For this use the sawdust as the base of the fire and then pile other twigs of pieces of bark on top of it to grow the fire.

It can also be used as base of paraffin fire starters.

If you have any questions about this post, please post a question and I’ll be glad to answer them. Happy building.

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