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!$@! oak
« on: March 02, 2011, 04:34:59 AM »
I am working with a piece of English walnut that stinks to high heaven. I've heard this wood termed '!$@! oak', and now I understand completely what they are talking about. I also find the dust irritates the heck out of my throat, so I'm using a mask while I work.

Not all English is the same, the last stock I made smelled like walnuts, and did not bother me at all. American Black walnut is toxic, and i avoid the dust, but it doesn't have the stink this stuff does.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 04:43:27 AM »
That's from 100 years of guys "going" behind the tree. ;D

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 05:18:08 AM »
I have some wood Starrett boxes that smell like !$@!.  Light colored wood.    ???  :-\


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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 05:35:49 AM »
Some European walnut does have a peculiar odor.

Elm has a similar problem.
I suppose some one with a degree in chemistry might be able to explain why.

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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 09:49:18 AM »
Some European walnut does have a peculiar odor.

Elm has a similar problem.
I suppose some one with a degree in chemistry might be able to explain why.

Dan
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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 03:04:19 PM »
Good answer Scotty !!!! A good laugh to start the day !!!


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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 03:10:08 PM »
Never use wood from a fish trawler!
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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 05:02:52 PM »
im doing a stock from myrtle wood..it really smells like it was from some outhouse,,
the dust makes me sneeze and sneeze..mask all the way now..!!
only flintlocks remain interesting..

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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 05:37:24 PM »
I hope you builders use a good sealer and finish or you may get some strange looks when you show them off up close ;D  Luckily the smell of black powder may help mask it ;D 

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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 06:28:36 PM »
There is a pine tree in back of my shop that will smell like that when ii is turned into boards one day!  ;D
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 06:31:30 PM »
Forgot something in the design of the shop,  did you Hugh???   :o :o
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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2011, 06:38:30 PM »
Locally here in Missouri, black locust lumber has that name because of a yellowish cast to the wood and the toughness and hardness like local oak.  It was sometimes used for flooring in cabins and wears like iron.  And of course it resisted rot better than anything else except osage orange.
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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2011, 06:58:45 PM »
I wonder if its like asparagus, it makes only a certain percentage of people have !$@! that reeks. You have to have the !$@! jeans, or genes. In this case, smelly jeans. ::)
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2011, 07:05:05 PM »
Tim:  In actual fact I did not forget the necessary plumbing - it's all in place but there is no septic field as yet !?  So the tree will have to suffice till I can afford one.   ;)     Hugh Toenjes
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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2011, 08:44:02 PM »
"!$@! Oak" is a term commonly applied to a variety of woods in different parts if the country. The reason is obvious.  Lon
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2011, 12:51:23 AM »
Asparagus eh?

Now I know why...

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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2011, 07:31:26 PM »
One of the guns I built for James Rogers smelt like shitzen. I have had others too....always english walnut and usually with some black streaking in it.
 I remember working in the saw mill in my wasted youth. Black oak was the stinkinest wood we sawed. Itw as usually full of defects, cracks and pockets filled with a rank black jelly...nasyt stuff when the saw blade would throw that stuff on you from head to toe.
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Re: !$@! oak
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2011, 01:44:19 AM »
 I remeber the way the junipers smelled in Idaho - I called them 'cat-!$@! junipers'.