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Which wood smells the best?

by ErikF
posted 10-20-2012 01:57 AM


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Alexandre

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 02:00 AM

CEDAR.

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 02:02 AM

Purpleheart, and Paduak are pretty nice.

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Mark

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 02:04 AM

any coniferous/softwoods smell he best to me especially cedar, then pine. out of hardwoods, for some odd reason, I like walnut

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 02:07 AM

Cherry is nice.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 02:10 AM

I love walnut also but I do have to be careful or I will be sneezing. The smell reminds me of when I was a little collecting and shucking black walnuts. I like the sweet smell of cherry also.

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rance

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 02:11 AM

Pine(it reminds me of my dad when I was young), and FREE wood.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Rj

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#7 posted 10-20-2012 02:19 AM

Camphor has a very fragrant aroma.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 10-20-2012 02:19 AM

mesquite smells great to me

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-20-2012 02:45 AM

Aromatic Red Cedar is great. I would like to cut some daily. Russian Olive is the worst. Smells like a chain smoker with bad gas.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-20-2012 02:49 AM

Cedar, sassafras, blue spruce

Monte Pittman said – ”Smells like a chain smoker with bad gas.
LOL…there’s a winning combination!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 10-20-2012 03:09 AM

I will likely be in the minority here, but I like the way cypress smells. Walnut is good too.

Rich;)

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#12 posted 10-20-2012 03:14 AM

Olive smells the best! When turning it smells awesome.

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#13 posted 10-20-2012 03:51 AM

Port Orford Cedar, in a walk.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#14 posted 10-20-2012 03:58 AM

I love the smell of padauk and cocobolo, both remind me of cinnamon and cloves. And oak has a nice smell when it burns a little. I have to completely disagree with hickory though reminds me of raw sewage.

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#15 posted 10-20-2012 04:02 AM

Birch , Cherry , Mahogany , Aromatic Cedar : )

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#16 posted 10-20-2012 04:10 AM

I like the smell of Pine when I cut through a large, sappy knot. Smells like Pine-Sol

Zebra is the worst smelling that I’ve encountered so far.

Padauk nearly chokes me to death.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#17 posted 10-20-2012 04:15 AM

i like cherry and walnut

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#18 posted 10-20-2012 05:34 AM

Yellow Cedar (Alaska cedar) A real West coast boat builder’s answer.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#19 posted 10-20-2012 09:57 AM

My smeller isn’t working good anymore. To much sawdust and i guess i’ve got used to the smell of red cedar, walnut ect. but i can still smell pine.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#20 posted 10-20-2012 12:26 PM

I like pussy willow the best.

-- Jerry

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#21 posted 10-20-2012 12:29 PM

My vote is for green sassafras, next would be cherry then cedar.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#22 posted 10-20-2012 12:44 PM

Padauk and Cedar, yeah buddy.

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#23 posted 10-20-2012 12:45 PM

Pussy willow…he he he.

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#24 posted 10-20-2012 01:33 PM

Ipe has a nice rich sweet smell.

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#25 posted 10-20-2012 01:42 PM

Maple brings back memories, Mahogany smells wonderful, Walnut smells great until I start sneezing.

On the other end of the spectrum: oak.

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#26 posted 10-20-2012 02:10 PM

Cherry.

-- Brett

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#27 posted 10-20-2012 02:49 PM

Black Walnut is my favorite with aromatic Red Cedar right behind it.

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#28 posted 10-20-2012 03:00 PM

Pussy willow…he he he. LMAO : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#29 posted 10-20-2012 03:07 PM

Padauk. Love the smell, hate the cleanup after sanding.
Bill

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#30 posted 10-20-2012 03:18 PM

Hand down Spanish Cedar!!!!!!!!

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#31 posted 10-20-2012 03:26 PM

Cedar and pine, always.

Funny, I sliced off some end-grain of black palm the other day, which is technically a grass like bamboo. I was curious as to what smell that would impart, but I was too busy dodging all the splinters flying off the board to notice the smell!

Wicked “wood.”

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#32 posted 10-20-2012 03:29 PM

Guys, this is a family forum. Quit using the word “willow” so freely.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Dusty56

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#33 posted 10-20-2012 03:41 PM

Quit using the word “willow” so freely.
LMAO : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#34 posted 10-20-2012 03:46 PM

Love Maple, Cherry and Pine. Hate Oak

Ohh and love Mahogany and Cedar

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#35 posted 10-20-2012 03:47 PM

Walnut!

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#36 posted 10-20-2012 03:51 PM

Oak smells like cat willow.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#37 posted 10-20-2012 05:01 PM

Another vote for padauk.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#38 posted 10-20-2012 05:07 PM

I have always loved the smell of Mahogany and Pine Trees…

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#39 posted 10-20-2012 05:13 PM

I always loved the smell of Lignum Vitae.

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#40 posted 10-20-2012 05:25 PM

the smell of sap from a spruce tree or pine tree smells amazing! i love sap

-- M.K.

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#41 posted 10-20-2012 05:31 PM

Second to lignum vitae. Smells wonderfully sweet while turning, not to mention it machines like a champ.

And, of course, aromatic cedar.

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#42 posted 10-21-2012 04:27 AM

Padauk smells like candy to me. Zebrawood smells like the zoo. Cedar is cedar, but yellow pine reminds me of being a kid working with my Dad, MR. PRG.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#43 posted 10-21-2012 10:12 AM

Sassafras reminds me of my great-grandmothers sassafras tea…..oh the memories….

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#44 posted 10-21-2012 12:23 PM

I plained some douglas fir that came out of a old winery…the vat…almost got drunk…not mention the yellow jackets that were buzzing around…whoa!

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#45 posted 10-21-2012 02:38 PM

90% of the time I use ….cedar and I am sick of the smell.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#46 posted 10-21-2012 02:56 PM

Jim Finn , Aromatic Cedar or “Pencil-wood” Cedar ?

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#47 posted 10-22-2012 12:06 PM

My favorite BY FAR is Lignum Vitae. It keeps the shop smelling nice for days. Bocote and Tulip smell really nice too. Katalox has a nice “coffee” aroma but it is very faint.

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#48 posted 10-22-2012 01:43 PM

My experience is limited so far but my favorite smell to date has been some Honduran Rosewood. Spicy and sweet at the same time.

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#49 posted 10-22-2012 03:50 PM

I like Alaskan White cedar, I hate walnut.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#50 posted 10-22-2012 08:32 PM

Bloodwood… yep hands down.. like a savory honey flower scent… makes me a little hungry.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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