If you work with raw wood long enough, you will find that a good chunk of any given log never makes it into your prized creation, instead becoming wood chips, sawdust, and cut-offs. The more you build, the more waste you generate, and it can quickly become a nuisance. What are you supposed to do with all the leftovers? In my small shop, I don’t have space to save all the cut-offs, and dumping large bags of sawdust in the garbage is messy and a waste.

Thankfully, there are loads of creative ways to use sawdust and woodchips in a productive way that extends the usefulness of the tree. The material is organic, absorbent, insulating, fibrous, and flammable—all properties which make it versatile. Since the options are endless, ...

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