|Brazilian Cherry Sawdust Anyone?|
No, I'm not a hoarder (once again, depending upon who you ask) saving my hair clippings and old fast food wrappers in the shop...those go in my underwear drawer. I save the little labeled jars of sawdust for times of emergency. Sometimes, I need a small repair (although I'm reluctant to admit that fact) while I'm in the middle of a project. The typical problem is matching my repair to the work perfectly enough that it doesn't stand out to a scrutinizing eye. One of my favorite repair methods for small mistakes is to make my own wood putty...which is where the sawdust comes into play.
The only sawdust I save is for woods that I work with consistently. Some of the best sawdust for this application is out of the sander because it is so fine. The trick is getting clean sawdust. What is clean sawdust you ask? Clean sawdust shouldn't have any varying species in it (all one species of dust) and should be free of dirt and debris. The ideal sawdust for this repair method is dust from the piece you are working on, because it should match perfectly. Sometimes, however, getting clean sawdust while engulfed in a project is difficult, which is why I save a little. I saved some Brazilian Cherry sawdust from the miter saw. The miter saw gives different shavings depending on the style of cut made (rip or crosscut) and these are crosscut. These shavings are a little more rough than those out of the sander, but they do a good job of mimicking grain in a repair.
|Drafting Chair Full Of Sawdust|
|A Small Collection Of Sawdust|