Let’s face it. Woodworking is a messy job. From sawdust that is created after slicing up planks of hardwood from using a table saw to leftover tree limbs that are left lying around after chopping up firewood with a hand saw, working with wood is bound to create a lot of debris. Also, it must be remembered that the larger the project, the more likely it is that you are going to have to use larger and a wider variety of tools which, according to statistics, create more waste. This wood debris has many negative effects associated with it.
First off, wood debris can create a huge mess in your work area which can get in the way of future projects, as well as create a health hazard if it is not cleaned up in the right way. Besides, wasted wood means a waste of trees which has a huge negative impact on the environment. Luckily enough, there are many people out there who have come up with innovative ways to deal with wood waste. Here are some innovative ways to use wood waste.
How to Use Wood Waste in 3 Innovative Ways
Munch on mulch
Large flakes of wood is a common wood waste product when working with wood while using machinery such as jigs, chisels, saws and so on. One creative way to turn large flaked wood waste into something useful is to use it as mulch. Mulch, for anyone who doesn’t know, is rough wood chips that are often put around a garden, tree, or any area of open-faced dirt. You can use many organic types of materials for mulch including leaves and grass trimmings. However, large flaked wood chip mulch is by far the prettiest, easiest to maintain and cleanest type of mulch that exists.
Using mulch in your garden has multiple benefits. One benefit of mulch is that it allows the dirt to retain moisture which will allow the plants that are thriving in the mulch covered area to soak up extra water which can be a great help if you live in a hot or drought-prone area. Also, mulch makes any space with open dirt much prettier to look at. Mulch allows the soil to focus on the intended planted plants by turning away possible weeds from entering and implanting a root system in that certain area. As a result, by having wood chipped mulch in your garden you can be certain that your plants will soak in extra nutrients which will help them to grow big and strong.
Make it into biofuel
If you own a home in an area that receives a cold climate during the winter months, then you know how expensive it is when it comes to the heating cost. Natural gas is a popular way to heat a home, but did you know that wood biofuel is another possibility that works just as well, if not even better?
Certain companies turn wood waste such as sawdust made from sanders, planners, drills and other woodworking tools, into renewable and eco-friendly biofuel. This wood biofuel is made by forcing the chemicals in the material to react a certain way. Wood biofuel can be used in multiple ways such as being used in place of gas in cars, planes and other modes of transportation as well as a source to heat a stove, house and so on.
Deck out your roof
If you’re looking to make your house stand out in your neighborhood then this wood waste innovation is the right choice. An interesting way to use large pieces of leftover wood such as extra planks using a table saw or thinly cut, square chunks from using a rotary saw, is to turn them into shingles for your roof. As an alternative, if you don’t want wood shingles on the roof of your house, you can use this creative idea for your shed instead. As a side note, any type of wood will do just fine.