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Need nutcracker de-stinking help

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I found this super-cute nutcracker at an antique / consignment store for less than $2.  I grabbed him up.  When I took him home and unwrapped him, I noticed a perfumey stench coming off him.   I didn't think much of it, but the longer he stayed inside, the stronger the smell got.  It actually gave me a headache, it was so overpowering.  I eventually figured out that his sack must be some sort of sachet, so I emptied it out and sprayed it, the toys and him down with Febreeze and put him in the garage.  I confess that I forgot about him and he's been in the cold garage for over 2 weeks.  As I was putting the rest of my nutcrackers away last night, I saw him and he STILL smelled!  

How can you get the smell out of wood??


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