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Post  roddie on Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:07 pm

Do any of you have it? It's also known as the Balsawood virus..
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Post  roddie on Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:09 pm

dust-masks should be worn when sanding..
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Post  roddie on Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:13 pm

"This" is proper PPE gear for all modelling activities.. (actually a fellow employee where I work)

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Post  OhBee on Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:08 pm

Geez roddie....where do you work? HAZMAT plant?
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Post  Levent Suberk on Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:42 pm

But no goggles? Don't you wear goggles?
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Post  getback on Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:41 am

Geez roddie....where do you work? HAZMAT plant? wrote:
lol! lol! lol! lol! Babe Bee Bee Careful out there !!
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Post  roddie on Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:54 pm

I have the means to try finish-sanding some of my rough-cut balsa sheets using a "time-saver" sanding machine in our shop at work. I went through some of my stock.. and found there to be rough-cut thicknesses of .140"/.150" (nominal) which I would finish-sand to .125" (1/8") thickness.. and another bundle measuring .200"/.220" (nominal) which I would finish-sand to .187" (3/16") thickness.

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I've mentioned before; that this stock is all 1.75" wide.. and varies in length from 19"-30".

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This was a condition on getting a LARGE amount of it free. I've had it for over ten years, packed in boxes in my shop. It is now time to turn it into usable model-airplane lumber.

The weight/grain-type varies widely.. and will need to be graded/sorted after sanding.

I love to build model airplanes. Having a decent selection of balsa really helps.
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Post  getback on Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:43 am

Yea Man thats cool that they will let you do the sand down so you can get that stuff made into something useful, i know you had been wanting to do this for some time now Old Bugger Thumbs Up
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Post  aspeed on Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:55 am

We had a Timesaver at work. It was only used on aluminum sheets. I used it a fair bit. Probably 3-4 ft. wide with a rubber belt to feed it through. I like the trademark symbol with the guy holding onto the giant minute hand of the clock. Always thought that was genius as advertising agencies go. Don't have the building fever, but have to get lots of little details done. New battery packs, hook up controls, exercise batteries, make lines...
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Post  OhBee on Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:18 pm

Where do you find Balsa in quantities like that?
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Post  ticomareado on Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:10 pm

1.75" width would be good for making laminated 1/2A c/l plank wings. (hard up front, soft to the rear)
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Post  roddie on Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:26 pm

I'd hoped to use this machine today..

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.. but I was just too busy. A few weeks ago I became the full-time CNC router operator. Since then; it's gotten a LOT busier. I just hope and pray that we as a people can stay healthy enough to keep commerce running..
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Post  roddie on Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:04 pm

The "Ironwood" machine can be set to sand within .001" so I'm really looking forward to running some wood through it. The grain-types in my wood are mixed.. because the balsa was originally sourced for graphic-art panels.. without regard for weight or grain-structure. The panels were ordered; 96"L. X 24"W. X 1.75" thick.

A CNC router-program would cut X4 "blanks" in the shape of a rolling-pin and spoon.. (X-oriented) for a customers' bakery dept. sign. The "excess-scrap" was put in refuse. I saved some of the wood.. by running the scrap through a panel-saw. That is why the stock runs thick. I knew that someday I'd be able to finish-sand it.

When I think back........ on the amount of balsa that was thrown away, it makes me wince.

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Post  roddie on Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:12 pm

getback wrote:Yea Man thats cool that they will let you do the sand down so you can get that stuff made into something useful, i know you had been wanting to do this for some time now Old Bugger Thumbs Up  

Yo budd! If you "need sum wud".. let me know.. Laughing

Yea.. your memory's fine bro. I've been mackin' about getting all this rough-cut balsa finish-sanded since we were young boys..
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Post  roddie on Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:23 pm

I'm back. A guy that I worked with.. just moved away.. and offered me a box of assorted exotic hardwoods.. that he just couldn't justify making space for in the planned U-Haul trailer. His family had worked in the musical instrument manufacturing business.. and I now have a boxful of interesting hardwoods.

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Beautiful wood..

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I see all kinds of model aircraft applications for this wood. The dark-tone hardwoods are gorgeous.. "heavy".. yes.. but maybe a heavier pair of engine beams would make the difference on a vintage design.. being built for a more modern/lightweight engine?

Whatever the case.. some of this wood is perfect for ripping into beam-stock.
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Post  NEW222 on Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:13 pm

Nice roddie. Engine beams would be good. I just finished my wing rebuild and I got to use soem of that very nice triangle stock from you for supports in a few areas. They worked awesome. And when I get onto the fuselage repairs, I am sure I will be using a bunch more of them. Thanks!
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Post  roddie on Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:31 pm

NEW222 wrote:Nice roddie. Engine beams would be good. I just finished my wing rebuild and I got to use soem of that very nice triangle stock from you for supports in a few areas. They worked awesome. And when I get onto the fuselage repairs, I am sure I will be using a bunch more of them. Thanks!

Chancey, You're welcome bro. I have a LOT more of that stock. Let me know if you need more.  Smile

I'm trying to set some thoughts aside for designing a new Cox engine-powered model...something you could build... if you wanted to.. likely an airplane.



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Post  NEW222 on Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:19 pm

Does one ever have enough things on the go? Very Happy But, now bitten by the RC bug again, things are indeed happening!
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Post  roddie on Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:03 pm

I'm sizing-up my wood-stock for a biplane.
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Post  daddyo on Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:05 am

Biplane's it be

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Scratch building from 150% Sterling Fokker D7 plans, going to be for slow R/C electric park flying.  I had no fuse former plans, making those really makes you appreciate kit designers. Going to silkspan & dope.
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