A friend asked me to bandsaw a 6" thick hunk of balsa for him (he's
making a pattern for a mold). We'll only have one piece of material to
work with, and if I destroy it, we'll be out of luck. So, I want to
make sure I get it right the first time. I've never tried to cut balsa
on the bandsaw before.
I've got a 1/2" 3 tpi timberwolf blade I use for resawing hardwood.
Will this work on something as soft as balsa? Anything special I should
know about working with balsa?
Until I see the block of material he shows up with and the shape he
wants to make, I'm not even sure if we're talking rip or crosscut.
Imagine cutting a roll of toilet paper. Is just about that light and
will fuzz up when you cut it probably. I'd cut it with ANY blade I
might happen to have on may bandsaw at the time. I have a 5" block
that was used on the space module (leftover/scrap) and it is amazingly
Hi Roy, I've cut more balsa (for model building) than hardwood, I use what
ever blade is on the bandsaw at the time, from metal cutting blades to the
1/2" 3tpi blades, they all work fine, although the finetooth metal cutting
blade cuts slower, also the balsa is easily replaced if you somehow destroy
it, (www.superiorbalsa.com is a good source.)
Balsa is arguably the most easily cut wood with which you'll ever
Think 'hot knife through warm butter', and you'll be close.
Be aware that balsa dust is at least as fine as MDF dust, and lighter.
Floats in the air _forever_ if you don't catch it at the source.
the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
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