STL205: Swimming In Sawdust!
Anissa and Ben are joined by Windsor chairmaker David Douyard and they discuss what to do with sawdust and shavings, whether a jointer is worth it for a listener, storing lumber vertically, and whether or not drift is actually mythical.
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I am burdened by shavings and sawdust accumulated in my dust collector. In all respects that is a good thing. However, what does one do with 30 gallons of shavings? For some years I piled bin after bin in a pile hoping the shavings would com post into a nice fertile loam. Alas, even with annual addition of high nitrogen fertilizer and periodic forking the pile never reduced. I should have known better—for forty years before the mill I worked at had a boiler shavings and sawdust was blown into piles. Fifty years later some of those piles remain. I could probably disperse the shavings with my weekly commercial rubbish collection, but that does not seem to be an environmentally sound method. Lately I have been throwing shovels full into the wind with the hope of spreading shavings across a larger area. Fortunately, I have a forested lot and a bid of shavings thus spread are not unsightly. (Some that blows back on the lawn is visible for a long time.) Any suggestions or wisdom regarding disposal of shavings?
From Fine Gardening:
No matter how particular you are about building your compost pile properly in winter, not much will happen in the cold weather. Mounds of old salad, cooked broccoli, and moldy…
Every few months or so I ask myself if I should buy a jointer. It feels like it would be nice, but I can’t seem to justify the investment. I’ve been buying S2S lumber from an online hardwood dealer and have had good luck getting straight and true boards. I figured I’m paying a premium of several dollars per board foot over rough cut lumber. But, I also am not spending hours preparing the wood.
When I think about buying a jointer, I can’t see purchasing a 6 inch since everyone seems to regret that wish they bought an 8 inch. Additionally, I have a small basement shop that isn’t currently wired for 220, so I’d have the hassle of getting it into the basement and rewiring. I figure I’m looking at a $1,500 investment at a minimum. Even at a $5/bf premium, I’d need to process at least 300 bf. before breaking even. That is probably at least 2 years of projects given my current pace. For edge jointing, I just use a glue-line rip tablesaw blade and for occasional face jointing I’ve built a sled for my planer. What am I missing? Is the investment really worth it?
Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique
David – Using burn in sticks to fill check marks in oak chair legs
Ben – Making a sawing guide out of a 1x2x3 block and a magnet
What is your opinion on band saw blade drift? I have a Laguna fence on a Jet 14” bandsaw which easily allows accommodating blade drift. I have a Carter log mill that doesn’t seem to drift at all, and if you watch the video on their sled ”Little Ripper” from Stockroom Supply from Canada he says that drift is caused by the forces released in the wood pushing against the fence as it passes the blade. There are many people that say blade drift is a myth and is caused by improper setup. And there are many who will tell you how to accommodate for the drift.
What is the proper way to store rough milled lumber? I currently work in an 8×8 basement shop and storage space slim to nothing. I have lumber stored vertical due to lack of space. Would storing it vertically cause the boards to warp?
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