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Offline Dovetail65

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Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« on: September 08, 2008, 02:28 PM »
I have about 28 jars of different color sawdust I save to make filler when needed. I use mason jars and label them all. Here are some jars I collected yesterday, still unlabeled. You can guess most of the woods.

Nickao
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008, 02:31 PM by nickao »
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Offline Justin F.

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008, 02:51 PM »
Nickao ----- what's your recipe for the filler? 


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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008, 02:58 PM »
Nick,  I do the same thing with the shavings from my Pedegg  !

Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008, 03:01 PM »
I have many, but only use the following now because the glues are so good. There was a time I would mix flour  and the bottom of a jar of shellac and take the thick goop from the shellac and mix that, the fine flour and some sawdust, occasionally adding glue.

I also use Timbermate brand filler if what I have matches the wood. I usually mix a little colored sawdust in it though. I have a neutral Timbermate I can mix with sawdust to make custom darker colors that Timbermate does not make off the shelf.

The simplest is just mixing the saw dust with Titebond III, which works surprisingly well, but its not the best for a light wood like Maple.

I also use 5 min Clear Epoxy I mix with the saw dust.

Nickao

« Last Edit: September 08, 2008, 03:15 PM by nickao »
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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008, 03:02 PM »
sToolman that is sick! But I will try it for the lighter woods, my feet are white as snow!  ;D
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008, 03:02 PM by nickao »
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Offline Dan Clermont

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 04:32 AM »
I have many, but only use the following now because the glues are so good. There was a time I would mix flour  and the bottom of a jar of shellac and take the thick goop from the shellac and mix that, the fine flour and some sawdust, occasionally adding glue.

I also use Timbermate brand filler if what I have matches the wood. I usually mix a little colored sawdust in it though. I have a neutral Timbermate I can mix with sawdust to make custom darker colors that Timbermate does not make off the shelf.

The simplest is just mixing the saw dust with Titebond III, which works surprisingly well, but its not the best for a light wood like Maple.

I also use 5 min Clear Epoxy I mix with the saw dust.

Nickao



What is your prefered filler for light woods like Maple?

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008, 09:33 AM »
I was just talking to my wife yesterday about really having a great match for all woods EXCEPT Maple. Because Maple varies so much I need from pure white to off white, even tan.

Right now I use a neutral colored epoxy putty for the honey and natural colored Maples and for the pure white Maple or even Holly  I use the whitest sawdust I can get from the actual wood I am using and mix it with the clear Epoxy.

It works but not as simple and fast as mixing the dust with the Titebond III which I really like and is actually more durable than you would think. If Titebond III had a pure white version it would be great. Overall the dried color of Titebond III the way it is now matches a huge cross section of different woods, but not it's not for the whiter woods.

Nickao
« Last Edit: September 09, 2008, 09:34 AM by nickao »
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Offline jrichardson6

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2008, 05:45 PM »
 :)  yess  i usually mix it with woodglue pva.

   I had an idea to empty the entire contents of dust extractor mainly mdf in my case , and make it into mdf filler.


Seems they make filler in oak... pine...mahoghany... but not mdf shade...
  Or maybe when it solidifies cut it into bricks and use it as firelighters  or squash it into a mould and make more panels...

there must be something we could do with all this sawdust rather than chucking it. My grandad used to use oak chips to smoke line caught salmon..in an old washing machine sounds weird but it tasted fantastic  :D

Offline JJ Wavra

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2008, 06:34 AM »
This may sound strange but how do you collect the dust?  Do you open up the bag in the ct or not use the ct and then use one of the bags off the back of the sander.  just curious.

thanks
JJ

Offline Steveo48

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Re: Anyone else save the saw dust to make filler?
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2008, 07:54 AM »
I worked with a guy that mixed sawdust with white glue to use as filler.  I was unimpressed with the results.