I recently found your blog and will begin following it. I posted on my blog not to long ago about the smell of MDF since it is part of my current project. I hope to smell the shavings of something with my next project because I don't do much hand work, mostly power tools, but I am getting the itch.
Jeff, that itch is from the MDF dust. :) Power tools will release the smell of woods too, oak and cherry are two of my favourites.In your blog you're using poplar, a plane would've made quick work of removing milling marks. The pile of shavings in the photo is from custom baseboard, two swipes smoothed out the tablesaw marks and it was on to the next piece.