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01-28-2011 10:35 PM

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I got a couple pieces of ~6/4 cherry from a friend over the Christmas holiday and when I went to cut a piece off with my miter saw the other night I got a nose full of cherry cough syrup smelling sawdust. I’ve worked with cherry before, but all of that was from Rockler or a lumber yard. None of it had this kind of smell. It really smelled like cherries, or more like cherry cough syrup.

After reading Brian024’s post about different looking cherry, I saw several comments stating that most cherry we work with is Penn cherry. If that’s correct, what is Penn cherry?

I’m pretty sure the cherry smelling cherry I have came from a fallen tree, so I guess it’s considered “wild cherry”? Is it usual for wild cherry to smell like this? I guess I’m just curious because the smell really caught me off guard. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


-- David

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 10:53 PM

I have noticed that some cherry I have worked with has had a “sweet” smell…not unpleasant at all! Not as strong as cough syrup tho! I have also noticed that some of my walnut seems to have a choclatey smell….. I blamed it on lacquer thinner and lack of ventilation!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 02:07 AM

My neighbor gave me the wood from a dying Cherry fruit tree. It has a very pleasant and strong Cherry smell. It is fun to turn wet, but it has a lot of cracks as it dries. That is the only Cherry that I have noticed as having a distinct smell.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 04:05 AM

I love the smell of cherry when I mill it. I even had to try and taste the liquid in a pitch pocket to see if it would match the smell. It tasted like lightly sugared water with no cherry overtones.

-- "Big Timber is our Legacy" ,

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 09:19 AM

Careful reberly, you know what the squirrels do to make those pitch pockets, don’t you?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 10:59 PM

Well, I’m glad I’m not crazy since other’s have had cherry smell like this. It’s certainly not a bad smell, but it sure caught me off guard.

Robert – Mine has a lot of cracks/checks in it as well. I’m not sure how much of it will be usable, but I can always cut some up to make the shop smell nice.

-- David

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 12:00 AM

This fall I sawed both black cherry and wild cherry (pin cherry) both had a strong odor…but different. Wild cherry had more and darker figure than black. Spalted wild cherry was especially sweet smelling—I could smell it in the shop for several days. Anchorseal needed to be repeated after about 6 weeks. One coating wasn’t enough.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 06:45 PM

There are many kinds of cherry, I’ve sawn several and all smell wonderful. I just got done sawing up an old weeping cherry stump, all spalted and twisty… I sure hope it holds together as it dries. My fave so far is some silver-leaf maple that is also spalted, it smells almost exactly like Bazooka Joe bubble gum! And no, I didn’t try to blow a bubble with it, lol.

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 07:53 PM

Smells like Bazooka Joe? That’s awesome, I like the idea of shop that smells like bubble gum from time to time. Add some sunflower seeds, dirt, grass, and a new leather baseball glove and I’d be set.

-- David

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 06:37 AM

Well, I’m not really a lumberjock, but I couldn’t resist registering in this forum to answer this question. Indeed, the freshly-cut wood of a Chokecherry smells exactly like cherry cough syrup.

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