For tumbling, is the saw dust I get from home depot (from their table saw) good enough to use in my tumbler?
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What you will find when you put enough time is that sawdust from softwoods, tend to curl and this hangs up in the fur and feathers.
pine, spruce, fir etc.
Hardwood chips out and this makes shorter grain and less hanging up in the feathers and fur. i.e. it cleans out easier.
So the answer is NO! Home Depot or Lowes sawdust should not be used, it also contains, glues and other chemicals that could change the total outcome of the fur or bird mount.
Fine pine sawdust is used in tanneries, I use it as well.After the skin is oiled the sawdust will absorbed the excess oil and this is what you want it to do.
I was told that pine has sap in it, and it does, and to use hardwood sawdust, so I do.
they use hard wood saw dust. I know this for a fact!
I use pine wood shavings this is what they sell at the feed store and on all of the furs and taxidermy hides. This after oiling with proplus only if oil gets on the fur or if the leather side of the hide is too oily, but Im sure hardwoods are ok. And no Trapper the pine shavings aren't sappy they are dry and dusty.