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Post  cstatman Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:46 pm

So more of a statement than question, but will get to that

Blah Blah Blah, NorCal is flooding, horror, trauma, blah blah - More news at 10
Decades ago, George Christian, LBJ's press secretary, had an office in same building I worked.
one day I was bemoaning to a pal "the press lies, they only sensationalize, they don't report the news"

Mr. Christian overheard us and said "Boys, the job of the press is not to report the facts, its to sell newspapers"
I'll never forget that.

Anyhow, yes, it is raining here, trees have fallen down, homeless who made camp in creekbeds were washed away
Me? I'm fine. I bought a simple house built in 1902 on high ground. Its survived floods, earthquakes and now me.

BUT! in response to all the flood hysteria, I went to the dry warm basement, picked all my balsa and tissue up, and moved it from 1st shelf by floor, to 3rd shelf closer to ceiling.

Most of my balsa long stock strips are stored in 3" PVC Pipe, 3' long, with slip fit cap glued at one end, just fit at the other.
I realized, I need more storage. So I thought I'd buy some 4" PVC, upgrade the holders where i have more stock, then roll and store tissue in the 3" tubes

HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF PVC lately?
10' 4" pipe = $55!!
4" end caps = $14 each!!!


So heres my question - how do YOU store YOUR balsa strip wood to keep it safe, dry and accessible?
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Post  Levent Suberk Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:59 pm

I store balsa and other wood sheets and sticks in long nylon bags specially made for art materials available at local art store.
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Post  HalfaDave Thu Jan 19, 2023 3:11 am

Hi, cstatman,
Sorry for delay responding, missed this post.
I am near Toronto, Canada with variable weather balsa storage conditions.
I keep my sheets in cardboard boxes, flat and together. Above the floor.
In a ~20% average humidity level.
The good spars are with them.
Other, thin stock naturally warps and if it goes nuts, it is uprights. (you know what I mean.)
Half, the thin balsa sticks are no good. Pick the best.
Thicker 1/2 in sq can be steam staightenened, you results will vary.
Any thin warped stock is stuff is good for laminating.
In my opinion,
PVC tubing will not keep thin balsa strips straight.
Whatever the cost.
Respect,
Dave
P.S. You are drowning, in the snow we are not getting here...
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Post  Yabby Thu Jan 19, 2023 4:28 am

No snow here either Dave lol! no humidity either.
I keep my balsa sheets flat on the top of a wardrobe, but this is a good reminder thread @cstatman that I need to setup better storage for all the sheets as I have quite a lot of sheets and they cost a fortune now. I need to rig up some nice boxes or something to keep them flat and not stacked too high on each other with different shapes and sizes. So far I have probably just been lucky none have warped or twisted.

Time to fix.

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Post  Levent Suberk Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:59 am

I have these bags. I buy balsa from that store and they place balsa sheets and sticks in these bags:
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Post  HalfaDave Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:26 am

Hi Levent,
With respect, with you, I hope cstatman is OK. Too.
The problem with plastic bagging any wood at ideal ~12% moisture content, is opening it back up.
The wood fibres will do what they do.
Cut into thin strips, wood will tell you the tree it came from.
Fun facts,
-Cut down a tree, 10% might be good workable stuff.
-below 7% moisture, most softwoods loose strength, big time.
-balsa is a hardwood.
-In WW2, most balsa was used in 'K-pok' naval bulky life jackets, not Mosquitoes'.

I hope you are OK cstatman,
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