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Forum topic by spunwood posted 11-18-2013 12:26 AM 1131 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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spunwood

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11-18-2013 12:26 AM

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

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 01:00 AM

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 11-18-2013 01:11 AM

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 01:52 AM

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

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 02:00 AM

Wow, just goes to show ya.

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

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SawdustSeamhead

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 02:14 AM

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 11-18-2013 06:19 AM

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

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 03:47 AM

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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#8 posted 12-18-2013 03:57 AM

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 12-18-2013 04:11 AM

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 12-18-2013 04:12 AM

Green oak smells like a soured dish rag.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 12-18-2013 04:18 AM

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 12-18-2013 04:43 AM

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 12-18-2013 04:44 AM

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 12-18-2013 05:05 AM

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

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#15 posted 12-18-2013 04:00 PM

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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