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Woods that stink when you cut or sand them.

by Emma Walker
posted 01-11-2013 06:27 PM


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bandit571

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 06:32 PM

Let’s see, smeelllly woods, I have had some bad smelling wet Oaks, got a batch of Pisselm one time.

Like the smell of Aromatic Red Cedar.

Cottonwood stunk.

As for your’s? Not sure. Maybe a sap wood of sorts?

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 06:32 PM

poplar?

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 08:37 PM

White cedar?

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 08:40 PM

Probably Yellow Alaskan Cedar. Stinks to high heaven when you mill it.

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 08:40 PM

some willow is as you describe too.

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#6 posted 01-11-2013 08:56 PM

Holly has very little visual grain. It is also very dense and very blond.

Box Elder is another possibility.

Both of these stink when cut or sanded.

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 09:27 PM

The most “oh my this is positively grotesque” smell I’ve had in my shop was working Ipe on the router table. You said “dense”, I’m wondering what other exotic hardwoods might be blonde? Maybe one of the pseudo-teak variants?

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 09:55 PM

Maybe ash. Possibly box elder with no color. Most cedars are distinctive. Willow maybe.

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 09:59 PM

Good ole Pine makes you think you’re in the mountains… Great smell!

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 10:01 PM

Poplar is possible, cottonwood?

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 10:55 PM

+1 on White Cedar – very nasty

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 11:11 PM

Emma, the worst I’ve ever come across is cutting zebra wood to expose the end grain. That stuff smelled just like you’d expect a zebra cage to be at the zoo. I made an end grain cutting board and the center 3” width was the zebra wood. The thing was unusable and I had to throw it out because it made the shop smell like an animal had died in there.

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#13 posted 01-11-2013 11:33 PM

Thanks everyone! I wish I could describe the smell. As Joe mentioned some wood is very pleasant smelling. I have a Black Bear fur shawl that is over 120 years old that I got when my great grandmother died. I want to make a cedar box for it. Cedar is supposed to be best for storing clothing because the smell repells bugs but smells great to humans.

Would that be red cedar?

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#14 posted 01-11-2013 11:37 PM

Bandit571

Pisselm even sounds like it would smell bad.

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#15 posted 01-11-2013 11:40 PM

You’re going to want eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), not western red, incense, Alaskan yellow, Port Orford, etc.

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#16 posted 01-11-2013 11:45 PM

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#17 posted 01-11-2013 11:57 PM

Pee-elm sometimes gets used around here in Wood burners that people heat their homes with. Like being downwind of an Outhouse….

It does burn good, though. Around here it is called Aromatic Red Cedar..

about like this?

Just leave the inside un-finished..

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#18 posted 01-12-2013 12:01 AM

The worst wood i’ve smelled was some random wood I found rotten in a pond the other day…
I had a recip saw, but no camera :(. It had a brilliant grain and texture, but for wood like that… I’ll take a pass.

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#19 posted 01-12-2013 12:19 AM

Bandit571,

Yes, like a small Hope Chest. Just large enough to fold it loosly and screw the top down to discurage any attemps to take it out a lot causing wear and tear. I’d like my great grand children to have it some day.

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#20 posted 01-12-2013 12:29 AM

Aromatic Red Cedar is what you want. It isn’t the smell that keeps the bugs away, it actually produces a natural insecticide. That’s why it doesn’t rot. Great for storing clothes in.

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#21 posted 01-12-2013 12:31 AM

Maybe Basswood.

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#22 posted 01-12-2013 12:45 AM

Yellow Heart. Smells nasty!

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#23 posted 01-12-2013 12:52 AM

Stink is a relative term

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#24 posted 01-12-2013 12:58 AM

Emma, Yes, this is why we call them Cedar Chests... to do exactly what you want to do.

The whole chest does not have to be made from Cedar however… You can make the cabinet out of anything you like and LINE THE INSIDE of the cabinet with the Cedar… That will work fine too!

Do a Google search on “Cedar Chest”... you will see a great variety, I’m sure…

You want a “Cedar Chest”.

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#25 posted 01-12-2013 01:59 AM

Pat Collins,

Yes, one mans stink is another mans aroma.

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#26 posted 01-12-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks Joe,

I live near both a saw mill where I we often pickup scrap wood for heating. I always pick out choice peaces and stick-stack them in a corners of the barn. The other is a home hard wood business that I can pick-up his floor scrapes for cheap or nothing. The Black Bear fur shawl hope chest shouldn’t take much more that scrape. Even floor sweepings can provide you with black walnut wedges for tenon oak joints.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#27 posted 01-12-2013 05:53 PM

A friend of mine built some chairs out of piss elm in my shop….the DC system still stinks a month later!!

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#28 posted 01-12-2013 06:34 PM

Cottonwood is the worst I have ever smelled. It had the odor of a feedlot on a hot summers day!!!

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elingeniero

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#29 posted 01-18-2013 12:38 PM

On the other hand, I spent part of my childhood in Brazil, and I remember going to the cabinetry shop where my mother bought some custom rosewood furniture (in the 60’s, don’t get any ideas). Let’s just say they call it rosewood for a reason … just wonderful smelling wood.

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#30 posted 01-18-2013 08:49 PM

should post a picture, most woods that we handle (hardwoods) have a particular smell, we differentiate the species by its smell, so very important characteristic. I love your picture Emma Walker.

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