aromatic cedar no smell?
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I was picking up my shop today and found a couple pieces of what I thought were aromatic red cedar.  I think they were salvaged from our city's yard waste disposal site.  (don't tell I wasn't supposed to take wood from there).  I had sliced it into a couple 2 x4" shaped three feet long.  They have dried for at least a year maybe more.  I took a plane to one face wanting a positive identification, knowing the scent would tell me, but there is hardly any smell.  

I or my family doesn't have Corona Virus and none of us could really smell anything.  Suppose I got the wood type wrong, or does some not have much scent?

I was always told if you wanted to bring back the scent in a cedar chest to give it a light sanding.  I thought a hand plane would really bring it around.  Not.
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  Re: aromatic cedar no smell? by toolmiser (I was picking up my ...)
(01-08-2021, 10:00 PM)toolmiser Wrote: I was picking up my shop today and found a couple pieces of what I thought were aromatic red cedar.  I think they were salvaged from our city's yard waste disposal site.  (don't tell I wasn't supposed to take wood from there).  I had sliced it into a couple 2 x4" shaped three feet long.  They have dried for at least a year maybe more.  I took a plane to one face wanting a positive identification, knowing the scent would tell me, but there is hardly any smell.  

I or my family doesn't have Corona Virus and none of us could really smell anything.  Suppose I got the wood type wrong, or does some not have much scent?

I was always told if you wanted to bring back the scent in a cedar chest to give it a light sanding.  I thought a hand plane would really bring it around.  Not.

Why not try doing what you were always told? 

The more important thing is that your family is staying healthy. Smile

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Bill
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  Re: aromatic cedar no smell? by toolmiser (I was picking up my ...)
I think it can lose some of its smell over time. I restored an antique cedar chest that somebody put at the curb. I lightly sanded the inside the get rid of some scuffs and marks. It did not really have a cedar smell. I actually wiped on some pure cedar oil and it made the inside grain really pop, restored the red color and it brought back the smell but did take a few days to mellow out and now smells great and look fantastic.

Same thing with red cedar mulch, smells great for a few weeks but fades away after a month or so. Maybe the boards were outside too long before you found them.
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  Re: aromatic cedar no smell? by toolmiser (I was picking up my ...)
Aromatic cedar will seal itself when exposed to air.  Lightly sand the cedar and see if the smell comes back. 

In a closed environment like a cedar chest or a small closet, it will retain the smell for a long time.  But even there, an occasional sanding will increase the aroma.
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  Re: aromatic cedar no smell? by toolmiser (I was picking up my ...)
I've never used any but I've heard that western red cedar doesn't have as strong of a smell as aromatic cedar. Could it be that it's not aromatic?
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