wood smells like dog doo when cut

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Mike Gager

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1245 days ago

im cutting some old 2×4s and they give a distinct aroma of puppy poo when cut. the smell seems to stick around for awhile too. these boards are old (1930s) framing 2×4s i took out of my attic during a remodel.

any idea why they smell that way or maybe a clue to what kind of wood they are? i have been calling them douglas fir but they could be some sort of pine. i dont really know

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#1 posted 1245 days ago

Dog wood? ;-D

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#2 posted 1245 days ago

i had some oak that smelled like that, dont know why.

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#3 posted 1245 days ago

I’ve cut some wood that was in a selection of popular. Kinda looks like popular but has a real bad smell/

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#4 posted 1245 days ago

Wish I could tell you. Sell it to a kennel. Oh! and by the way, don’t burn it!

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#5 posted 1245 days ago

Possibly cottonwood. They smell terrible. They pickup whatever is in the ground water. Dog poo, cat poo, human poo, cow poo…..
I cut on one that had grown close to an outhouse. Gawdawful!

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#6 posted 1245 days ago

i have had many oak boards over the years that smell like cow pee and always wonderd as to what causes this until one day i came to me
as a youngster i lived out in the country and i remember cows gathering around big oak trees for shade and leaving their deposits which i am sure got soaked up by the tree hence the smell in the boards from the tree
so now i call those boards pee oak
also when framing with spruce lumber i get this cat pee odor in my nose but have not figured that one out


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#7 posted 1245 days ago

Well, I’ve heard that King Wood smells like a wet dog. Wet dog/dog poo…..... not much different. But the color is not even close.

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#8 posted 1245 days ago

red oak smells like dog crap everytime i cut it

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#9 posted 1245 days ago

>Kiefer Probably why my Dad refered to chair seat wood as “Piss Elm”.

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#10 posted 1245 days ago

I vote for oak, had that experience with it.

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#11 posted 1245 days ago

yeah oak has an interesting smell but i dont find it unpleasant.

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#12 posted 1245 days ago

Could it be Bat feces? You said it was in the attic and bats if they get in can really make a mess.

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#13 posted 1245 days ago

hmmm, oak has that nice smell of “expeniveness” mixed with lung cancer. you like to smell it, though you know it’s gonna kill you!

funny this thread comes up now, yesterday in class my teacher planed some african hardwood strips and the smell was really like butt sweat!

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#14 posted 1244 days ago


I guess I have never been close enough to someone else’s crack to know what butt sweat smells like :) Sorry I could not resist. LOL!!!

Sounds like the wood might have been Zebrawood. It is not the most pleasant smelling wood to work with IME.

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#15 posted 1244 days ago

It’s quite possibly cottonwood. I use a lot of cottonwood. Some spots in it, especially if you cut into some of the darker areas, smell like, uh, well, crap.
I’ve heard some older guys who didn’t know what it was call it shitum wood. No I’m not making that up. I had one guy try and tell me seriously that this was the proper species name for this wood. I would have probably believed him if I didn’t already know it was cottonwood.


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