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    Default Where to purchase end grain balsa?

    Looking for a good place to purchase 1/4" thick balsa sheet with scrim backing, 1" x 1" squares. Thanks

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    I bought mine on ebay

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    Try General Veneer in South Gate Ca.


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    Got mine from Fiberglass Supply in WA ( online ). About $21 for a 24"x48" sheet. Shipping isn't bad with them either...
    Depends where your located I suppose...

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    Thanks to all who replied, I appreciate the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhHondoGT View Post
    Looking for a good place to purchase 1/4" thick balsa sheet with scrim backing, 1" x 1" squares. Thanks
    Hey guy first off where is your location , and second , depending on your location ..........you can buy Balsa core just about any where , and if i can be of any help ~ let me know .

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    Hey Artie thanks for the offer, I'm located in Toledo Oh. I do have one question, why does the scrim have to be up when you bond the balsa to the floor? I've seen in some of your other posts that you recommend bonding the scrim side up then sanding it off, why cant the scrim side be down so you don't have to sand it off? Just wondering By the way I'm using US Composites epoxy resin with Cabosil to bond the balsa.

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    Glass dave will sell you balsa and other materials. He is local to you and advertising on craigs list

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhHondoGT View Post
    I do have one question, why does the scrim have to be up when you bond the balsa to the floor? I've seen in some of your other posts that you recommend bonding the scrim side up then sanding it off, why cant the scrim side be down so you don't have to sand it off? Just wondering By the way I'm using US Composites epoxy resin with Cabosil to bond the balsa.
    First off bonding the scrim side up allows the scrim to better hold the core ( or cubes together) which helps avoid large gaps or voids on the surface of the core becuse it is very contourable thus is the reason for bonding the core to the hull ( scrim side up ) appling a thickened putty made from cabosil , and resin to the bottom side of the core which in turn will fill all voids ,and gaps , and uneven surfaces , along with bonding the core .
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhHondoGT View Post
    I've seen in some of your other posts that you recommend bonding the scrim side up then sanding it off, why cant the scrim side be down so you don't have to sand it off? Just wondering By the way I'm using US Composites epoxy resin with Cabosil to bond the balsa.
    To tell you the truth every boat co that i have ever worked at has always put the scrim side up never down and the reason i recomended sanding the scrim off after it is applied to the surface ,and cured is .........because this is something that was necessary when i was employed at Skater because we sometimes noticed failure in the laminate with the scrim giving way from the core causing delamination , and under advise from Baltek Inc there recommendation was to start sanding the scrim off which would stop this problem from ever re occurring again , and did , and so ...............................with that in mind i guess old habits are just hard to break .
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhHondoGT View Post
    Just wondering By the way I'm using US Composites epoxy resin with Cabosil to bond the balsa.
    Good choice because there Epoxy offers the most bang for the buck at a great price to boot .

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    sent you a P.M

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    To tell you the truth every boat co that i have ever worked at has always put the scrim side up never down and the reason i recomended sanding the scrim off after it is applied to the surface ,and cured is .........because this is something that was necessary when i was employed at Skater because we sometimes noticed failure in the laminate with the scrim giving way from the core causing delamination , and under advise from Baltek Inc there recommendation was to start sanding the scrim off which would stop this problem from ever re occurring again , and did , and so ...............................with that in mind i guess old habits are just hard to break .
    That makes sense, I'll keep the scrim up and sand it off. Thanks for the info Artie

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    Tim i hope you are having a great time ( vacation ) in sunny Calif................................

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