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Emma Walker

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545 days ago

I’ve noticed that different woods have different smells when cut or sanded. One wood that has a very weird odor is a very blonde and dense wood with hardly any grain lines. What kind of wood could it be?

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


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bandit571

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#1 posted 545 days ago

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 545 days ago

poplar?

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 545 days ago

White cedar?

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 545 days ago

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

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#5 posted 545 days ago

some willow is as you describe too.

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#6 posted 545 days ago

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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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 545 days ago

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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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 545 days ago

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 545 days ago

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

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 545 days ago

Poplar is possible, cottonwood?

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rrww

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#11 posted 545 days ago

+1 on White Cedar – very nasty

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#12 posted 545 days ago

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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Emma Walker

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#13 posted 545 days ago

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 545 days ago

Bandit571

Pisselm even sounds like it would smell bad.

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#15 posted 545 days ago

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

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