I'm thinking that being trapped in a small room for extended periods of time
with the scent of cedar may become annoying.
Even though it might act as a natural room freshener, you might be better
off to light a match.
I've built a small project out of aromatic cedar for use in the
bathroom. The item is small but will be exposed to random water
splashes/drops daily. I like the idea of keeping the scent (leaving it
unfinished) but would trade that feature for the durability of a
varnish or polish. Is there a middle ground that provides durability
while maintaining the aroma (maybe BLO, Tung Oil or some mix)? If not,
is there a best recommended finish for high wear/water exposure?
Oh yeah, the reason I used cedar is simply because of the interesting
color but came to really love the smell while machining it. I don't
plan on staining the piece.