Wood, the environment, and Man
A wide-ranging overview of the state of the primary processing industry, and where it may be going from here. August 10, 2000

Wood Composting
Advice from the Wood Doctor on composting chips, shavings, or sawdust for use in landscaping or gardening. January 30, 2013

Uses for shavings and sawdust
A discussion of uses for and the marketablility of waste from the primary processing of lumber. July 18, 2000

Sawmill waste disposal
Producing power and other ideas for utilizing waste from a milling operation. January 21, 2002

Turning Sawdust and Shavings into Fuel
Shop owners discuss machinery that makes logs or briquettes out of wood waste. April 30, 2006

Shavings Collection: Hopper Receiver or Rotary Air Lock?
Shop owners discuss alternative ways to outfeed shavings and sawdust from their dust collection systems. November 8, 2007

Setting Up to Make Fuel from Sawdust
A look at the cost and practicality of equipment to turn your sawdust and shavings into heating fuel on a small scale. September 16, 2013

Sawdust uses
Various idaes for putting wood waste to use. March 20, 2001

Sanding Dust Collection Options
Is it better to invest in a downdraft sanding table with filter, or in a vacuum attached to the sander itself?June 15, 2014

Wood Waste Equipment
A basic introduction to the choices available in machinery for chipping and grinding sawmill and wood-shop scrap wood. November 13, 2008

Walnut toxicity fact and fiction
Is walnut safe for salad bowls? Horse bedding? June 21, 2000

Making Stove Pellets from Shavings and Sawdust
A look at the technology for turning wood waste into wood-stove briquettes or pellets. Is it practical? January 25, 2010

Outdoor wood furnaces
Experiences with outdoor "water stove" heating systems. March 20, 2001

Handling and Disposing of Wood Chips
Moulding manufacturers discuss the mechanical and social engineering details of recycling wood waste. February 6, 2007

Recycling Small Off-Cuts
Is there a better way to manage small wood scraps besides sending them to the landfill? January 26, 2008

Getting Rid of Rip-Saw Cutoff Waste
Ideas for making a little spare change out of that pile of rip-saw off-cuts. May 26, 2008

Getting Rid of Sawdust
Farmers and gardeners will take away sawdust and shavings for free. April 30, 2006

Markets and Disposal Outlets for Sawdust
These suggestions relate specifically to the Indiana area, but are food for thought in other locations as well. July 29, 2012

How Much Sawdust Will I Make?
Formulas and rules of thumb for estimating volume of sawdust generated in bandmill operations. September 5, 2011

Hardwood Utilization Book Review
"The Management, Manufacture and Marketing of California Black Oak, Pacific Madrone and Tanoak" covers the various aspects encountered by the forester, the logger, the sawmill manager, the marketing people, and the business owner - 1998

Markets for Wood-Shop Waste
A woodworker who generates high volumes of dust and shavings from wood and MDF panels explores the recycling options. March 12, 2014

Floor Vacuum Attachment for a Dust Collector
Advice on whether and how to incorporate a floor-cleaning vacuum head and hose into your dust collection system. June 15, 2014

Collecting Shavings from a Cyclone
Here's a long, detailed thread developed as a woodworker tries to create a system to collect shavings from the bottom of a cyclone and store them in a large bin.September 3, 2011

Distributing Dust and Shavings in a Long Bin
Ideas from experience for augers, paddles, or blowers to spread out shavings from the dust collector system through an entire large bin. March 4, 2009

Allegic reaction to sawdust
Dangers associated with breathing sawdust and saftey precautions to take. August 1, 2001

Dust Collector Location for Widebelt Sander
This discussion about suspending filter bags above a machine brings up some good points about the value of a cyclone for catching the majority of sanding dust before it hits the filter. August 31, 2010

Downdraft Sanding Tables
Cabinetmakers sing the praises of downdraft sanding tables, and discuss whether it's worth building your own. November 20, 2005

Blowing Shavings into a Trailer
Tips on modifying your dust collection system to convey wood waste to a large trailer. June 15, 2014

Dealing with sawmill dust
Home-made systems for getting rid of the dust buildup under sawmills. January 4, 2001

Blowing Sawdust into a Big Trailer
Woodworkers discuss pipe and damper setups to evenly distribute dust into a 40-yard trailer or container. September 27, 2008

Composting Chips and Shavings
Compost shavings and chips before adding them to garden soil. Here's how. December 31, 2012

Disposal of sawdust
Who wants your sawdust and shavings? Here are some ideas, from gardeners to gerbils. February 13, 2001

Building Your Own Downdraft Table
A few tips on building a downdraft table for sanding dust collection in your shop. June 15, 2014

Dark liquid from walnut: Toxic?
The Wood Doctor says: Stay away from this stuff! 1998.

Dust Collection Design Guide
A dust collection design guide (in PDF format) originally written by Air Handling Systems - July 17, 2001

Sawdust as fuel
Building a sawdust-fired boiler to heat kiln and shop. November 18, 2002

Fire Sprinkler Requirements for a New Woodshop
including a story of one disastrous fire. December 14, 2005

Giving Away or Using Up Scrap Wood
Ideas for making use of small hardwood or plywood scrap and off-cuts. March 25, 2007

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