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Forum topic by Kieth posted 05-05-2010 07:28 AM 1305 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2010 07:28 AM

I just jumped into wood working less than a year a
go. But I did it with both feet and am doing turning and box making etc. My wife makes
fun of me because I like to smell the wood I
work with. But tonight I went to rockler to buy some bowl blanks because I just got done making my first out
of a 4×2 and wanted something bigger. Omg. I lucked into a red wood Burl blank for 14 bucks. Don’t know if
that is good but took a minute to smell it and WOW a beaquet of flowers. Amazing. I have only smelled probably a dozen of the
50000 varieties and love my new hobby. I don’t shock easy, but
color me super surpriSed after tonight. Love it

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 02:42 PM

The smell of freshly cut wood, and how much different species vary in that respect, is one of the true pleasures of woodworking.

I had purchased a mixed batch of blanks on eBay, and started turning one the other night. Because it was sealed with wax, I was not even sure what kind of wood it was. But as soon as I started cutting into it, I immediately knew it was walnut. The aroma is unmistakable!

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 03:05 PM

I have smelled olives in olive wood and cherries in cherry Burl but when I smelled pickles in the bocote that was the funniest!

I have to say that at 42 I have probably become quite cynical as I age. The good thing is thAt even I get that Christmas morning feeling when I take a chunk of anything and get that surprise when you see whats inside. It’s a good day to make something! :)

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 03:11 PM

just wait till you get your hands on some mahogany…..sniff sniff…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 03:15 PM

Woodworkers! Proffessional Huffers. Now go cut som Imbuia and take a nose hit. You may find yourself sneezing till thursday.

I’ve been addicted to wood huffing and my wood of choice since I was 12 making my first chess board is Walnut.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 04:09 PM

You will be blown away by the pungent fragrance from lignum vitae when you cut into it and especially when you turn it. I wish I could capture that fragrance to share with others. There is nothing else quite like it. b.t.w. – In addition to smelling great it is also a very beautiful wood (and extremely hard).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 05:06 PM

ahhhh, cut into some pakauk

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 05:16 PM

I love the smell of sassafras – it’s like root beer.

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 05:47 PM

Just wait until you cut into that occasional piece of red oak—-I’ve smelled outhouses that were more pleasant


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#9 posted 05-05-2010 05:50 PM

yeah, that red oak can smell quite vomity. my favorite so far is walnut… cherry is very mild, but nice. maple has been dissappointing. mahogany too – no smell that i can detect! poplar is… unique. but man, that black walnut is something. love it.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 06:01 PM

Paduak is very nice i agree, like roses.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 06:32 PM

I’ve turned maple that smelled like syrup.

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 07:58 PM

with all this sniffing…not a single “pull my finger” reference..hmph..

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 11:26 PM

My house smells like cedar now. Building some planters and benches for our patio. I cut the wood 2 weeks ago and you can still smell it when you walk in.

-- mrg

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#14 posted 05-07-2010 09:06 PM

All these fancy woods, all these fancy smells, it is a wonderful byproduct of woodworking. My favorite is good ole Douglas fir.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 03:10 AM

Got a piece of nice looking Hormigo Negro it smells like burnt tobacco. 2×2 by 24 inches long.

Dont know what I am gonna do with it just yet.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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