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Forum topic by Narthoniel posted 03-23-2013 02:50 PM 1102 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2013 02:50 PM


I am trying to do some research and am having trouble. I am interested in making a small keepsake box for my wife to store jewelry and such in. I want to use a specie of wood which has a strong pleasant smell to it, so over time things kept in the box will become perfumed. There seems to be very little information in this reguard. The only species I have learned about that might work are Sandalwood and Tamboti. I know cedar is very aromatic, but it does not have a scent that I feel works in this situation. I also hope that the wood I settle on will maintain its scent for decades. My research thus far indicates that Sandalwood would definatly do this, and Tamboti might.

So my question is, has anyone here worked with Sandalwood or Tamboti Lumber? Would the scent that these woods produce be one a woman would enjoy? And of course, if there are any other woods out there that might work for this purpose, I am open to suggestion.

Thank you very much for your time,

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 03:13 PM

My only experience is with aromatic red cedar. I love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 03:15 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

Someone here will have an answer.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 03:43 PM

Most woods do not have a fragrance that lasts beyond cutting. Many have pleasant odors when cutting them, but they don’t tend to last. The ones already listed are the only ones I know of.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 05:27 PM

Camphor is nice.

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 05:33 PM

Most wooden boxes need to be finished, and the process will seal-in any aroma. Some people use unfinished aromatic cedar pieces fit to the insides for the nice smell / moth repellant properties, though.

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