Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
Geez, guys. didn't y'all read the op? First off, he's not referring to a chest. The bureau he made last year smells fine. He's referring to a couch he JUST MADE with cedar he JUST BOUGHT AND WORKED.
So, Enchant, yes, there are numerous woods sold in the market as 'cedar'. They are virtually all either juniper or cypress species. There are only 3 true cedars in the world, none of them from here. What is sold as 'aromatic cedar', or 'eastern red cedar' is usually a species of juniper. Here in Oregon, if I want really fragrant cedar for chests or drawers, I buy what is sold as 'Tennessee Red Cedar'. Our local wood, Western Red Cedar, is commonly available. It also has aroma, but not nearly as strong as the Tennessee Red Cedar. So I do not know which species Lowe's was selling when you bought it, and it is unlikely that anyone at the store could tell you either.
There are some products on the market called 'cedar oil' which you could wipe onto the wood to give it fragrance. Again, many are actually made from juniper, but you can get authentic cedar oil made from cedrus atlantica. It's pretty spendy.