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Forum topic by spunwood posted 287 days ago 827 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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spunwood

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287 days ago

The smell of Alaskan Yellow Cedar makes me shudder.

I recently bought a clearance 4×4x12” at hobby lobby. I thought it was a steal, now I wish someone would steal it from me. I hate throwing out wood, but I have used a 1/4 of it and don’t look forward to using it again.

Of all the wood I have worked with, this is the worst so far. It smells something like potatoes and ginger.

Are there worse wood out there?

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν


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bondogaposis

2498 posts in 987 days


#1 posted 287 days ago

Actually I like the smell of Alaskan cedar, reminds me of the days in the Skagit River country.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Loren

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#2 posted 287 days ago

Oh that stuff is nice. I built some flamenco guitars from it.

I don’t remember it being smelly. I did some carpentry
with it too a long time back.

I think walnut stinks when it gets burned on the table
saw but it’s tolerable. A lot of hardwoods smell bad
when burned that way.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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alohafromberkeley

248 posts in 1040 days


#3 posted 287 days ago

I love the smell of Alaskan Cedar…and I love ginger. For the worst I think Zebrawood is unbearable until sealed. If you don’t want it , send it to me and I’ll cook up something tasty with it. MMMMM..gingered potato salad!

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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spunwood

1194 posts in 1472 days


#4 posted 287 days ago

Wow, just goes to show ya.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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SawdustSeamhead

17 posts in 610 days


#5 posted 287 days ago

I’ve been trying some different woods while turning pens, and was horribly surprised the first time I used Yellowheart – it reeks! Reminded me of cleaning out a hog barn on a warm day. Not a pretty picture. I am certain to wear my respirator when working with it now!

-- Jarred K.

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shipwright

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#6 posted 287 days ago

Ahhhh, I love the smell of yellow cedar in the morning, but then it is probably the best all around boat building lumber in North America so maybe I’m biased. I not only love the smell but the buttery shine on it’s surface when it comes out of the planer. I could wax on but ….......

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Mark Shymanski

5102 posts in 2349 days


#7 posted 257 days ago

Black poplar to me smells the worst.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 257 days ago

Not a fan of walnut or zebrawood scent while being cut. Padauk…quite nice.

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nwbusa

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#9 posted 257 days ago

Yellow cedar is pretty bad. After about a year, the smell goes away (or maybe I just got used to it).

-- John, BC, Canada

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crank49

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#10 posted 257 days ago

Green oak smells like a soured dish rag.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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pintodeluxe

3335 posts in 1449 days


#11 posted 257 days ago

Pin oak / Swamp oak is the absolute worst. Smells like lightning hit the outhouse.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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TheWoodenOyster

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#12 posted 257 days ago

I made a croquet mallet out of wenge a few months ago. The stench was not that persistent, but when it hit, it smelled like burning trash. Went away pretty quick.

I can’t believe you guys don’t like walnut?!? I could eat walnut shavings for breakfast!!!

Oak kind of rubs me the wrong way too.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Aj2

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#13 posted 257 days ago

I like yellow cedar also, I have some old growth stuff that has at least 80 lines per inch super stable.I don’t remember it smelling like ginger port orford cedar smells a lot like ginger.I do use the the word cedar loosely neither is a tru cedar more like cypress right guys.
Now cedar of Lebanon is the best smelling stuff works like a dream too.I been hoarding several slabs I use for drawer bottoms..

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Jake

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#14 posted 257 days ago

Spunwood – use a proper mask when dealing with it. I was dealing with my African teak and it made me cough like crazy, but a proper mask takes both the smell and dust out the equation. So if it is only making you uncomfortable while you work on, not while the pieces are ready, you can work around it.

Alternatively, you can take up smoking, do that for a few months, numb out your senses with that, but I feel that might not be as good an option. :)

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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spunwood

1194 posts in 1472 days


#15 posted 257 days ago

Well, now you’re going to laugh. The smell is really starting to grow on me!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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