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    what is most powerful smelling wood?

    im wanting my woodshop to start smelling more like a woodshop and i want to know what kind of wood is the most aromatic?
    i am guessing that cedar is the strongest smelling? if not, what is? and how long would a box of chips/shavings last?

    and does anyone have a box of shavings and what would you charge to ship them to south dakota 57069?

    thanks

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    Kevin-
    A box of shavings will not remain aromatic for a whole heck of a long time.
    PM me your address.

    I'm in the fragrance industry, and I will send you some distilled cedar OIL. You can blot a tissue with it, put it on top of yr cabinets in yr shop and it'll keep the shop smelling like red cedar for weeks.

    The shipping will be negligible.

    - prashun

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    Camphor is the strongest smelling wood that I have worked. Cedar would be second and Sassafras third. There are probably many others that I have not used (yet).
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    what do this cedar oil mix with ?
    until further notice

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    If you want a strong smell of cat pee, (and you probably don't), try some wet cottonwood.

    There's nothing like fresh cut pitch pine to smell up a shop nice.

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    Oh, Sandalwood smells pretty good. A lot of men's cologne is sandalwood.

    Hey Prashsun - how's about some sandalwood oil over this way?

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    Unfortunately, sandalwood oil is largely prohibited in the world. There's an Australian variety now, but it's not like (IMHO) Indian Sandalwood in character.

    Most of the sandalwood you get in mens and womens' colognes is synthetically replicated.

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    Port Orford Cedar Smell like perfume when you mill it.

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    And fresh cut Catalpa smells like cotton candy.
    Where did I put that tape measure...

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    Spanish cedar lasts for 3-4 weeks but smells wonderful. Pao ferro (morado) is wonderful to work with but reminds me of fresh cow manure. Growing up on a dairy farm leaves a legacy that can't be ignored!

    Rom

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    Zebrawood has a pretty strong aroma, but I would NOT want my shop to smell like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Ford View Post
    Camphor is the strongest smelling wood that I have worked. Cedar would be second and Sassafras third. There are probably many others that I have not used (yet).
    +1 that was what I opened the thread thinking, camphor. But it doesn't really smell like "wood".

    The funny thing is with our knowledge of wood dust and its potential ill effects having a shop that doesn't smell like wood may well be a "good" thing.
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    Maybe just start working on a project and let the smells come naturally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Lawrence View Post
    Zebrawood has a pretty strong aroma, but I would NOT want my shop to smell like that!
    That was my immediate first thought. Zebrawood smells like Zebra po...er......well, it's not very nice but it's quite pungent.

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    My neighbor uses a lot of yellow cedar and his shop always smeels very nice.

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