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    Any Balsa dealers on here?

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    know of a place (web-site) or company where i can purchase some?

    My location is Southeast Michigan.

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    I get most of my stuff from Fiberglass supply, that includes Balsa. They are in Washington state, but the shipping is fast and reasonable. 509-493-3464
    Have a pretty nice web sight-www.fiberglasssupply.com
    offshoreginger will be along shortly, he's up in that neck of the woods. He will have a suggestion or two.
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    Default Balsa Dealer EBay

    I bought from this guy many times. Nice stuff, quick shipper from Michigan

    Boat Marine Balsa Wood Structural Core Material 2ft x 4ft 24" x 48" | eBay
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    Just curious scrim , thickness ,& how many sheets and why not Michigan Fiberglass Sales - 48080 - Resins : Polyester : Epoxy : Gel Coat : Vacuum Bagging : Carbon Fiber : Kevlar : Fiberglass Michigan your neck of the woods or.................................
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    Approximately what year did they start using balsa parquet material for floors in V-Drives? First I remember is maybe 1978 or so in Blown Fuel Flatbottoms or Blown Alcohol Hydros.

    What would the original thickness that V-Drive boat manufactures use be? I am guessing 3/8 to 3/4"?

    To redo a floor, what thickness would be desirable? I am speculating you are not actually trying to improve strength, so 1/4" would be fine.

    When adding end-grain balsa core, couple questions:
    - Does 'end-grain' mean the grain structure is standing up and down / perpendicular to the surface of the floor?
    - Hypothetically, IF someone just wanted cosmetic balsa floor, is there a better choice than 'end-grain'? I always assumed it was flat squares with the grain on the ends.
    - How far down would you take your current floor? Scuff it up? Or down to the hard wood floor? Meaning IF you have an existing balsa floor, go through the balsa down to solid wood? And if you do NOT currently have a balsa floor, would you scuff or go to the original wood?
    - What is the best material to use to attach it? Would you use the best grade of wood glue available? Would you use polyester or vinylester resin? I thought I read someone used spray adhesive. Which in my Polish logic suggests the floor would only be decorative and not necessarily structural. I also thought someone used contact cement, which again would be very similar to spray adhesive to me. I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS, and seems like you would want a permanent bond where you would have to grind it off., should you ever want to do that?

    What is 'scrim'? (seems like one of the things I struggle with the most on here is terminology. Where I have seen a lot of what's being discussed all-be-it maybe 40 years ago, but I have seen it, but just didn't know the proper language) Is that the mesh netting on the one side that holds the squares together?
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    But another example of terminology is simply what the balsa floor was called. I originally remember Butch Marriott, our neighbor down the street who had the 1st balsa floor I remember. He called it a parquet floor. Then I remember him explaining it was balsa wood. I remember thinking (as a 12 year old kid) that I didn't think balsa wood was that strong, more Polish logic. I only recently learned of the end-grain. Then I learned a little more by simply searching "balsa core" and looking at about 30 web links. Essentially learning by shopping what was available. I thought it only came in the squares as I have never seen it any other way.

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    Darin , WOW ....................... and without going in to detail i think you are looking way to much into it considering most terms used today have been around since i started doing Fiberglass repair some Forty plus years ago and not to mention that scrim backing on Balsa core or foam core is designed to fit the contour of any surface (flexible ) opposed to being one solid piece like ply .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    Darin , WOW ....................... and without going in to detail i think you are looking way to much into it considering most terms used today have been around since i started doing Fiberglass repair some Forty plus years ago and not to mention that scrim backing on Balsa core or foam core is designed to fit the contour of any surface (flexible ) opposed to being one solid piece like ply .
    the floor in my Biesemeyer is just fine.. This will be for looks.

    1/4" is what im after.

    Toe board and my side boards.

    Ill use 1/2" ply and lay the 1/4" balsa over that for my 3/4" toe board.
    Side bords with 1/8" ply and 1/4" balsa.

    The Balsa with glass / resin will make plety of strength for what im doing.

    Offshore, ill look at the link you posted, i already looked at the company in Wa.. That site has great prices...
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    I am not trying to stick my nose in your business but Mich Fiberglass Sales is only 42.2 miles from Belleville which is only 52.min 's away and with that being said it has to be a whole lot cheaper then buying it from someone in Washington considering Chris the owner mentioned that if you give him a call @ the shop 586-777-2032 or his mobile @ 586-615-5497 he would be more then happy to help you out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    I am not trying to stick my nose in your business but Mich Fiberglass Sales is only 42.2 miles from Belleville which is only 52.min 's away and with that being said it has to be a whole lot cheaper then buying it from someone in Washington considering Chris the owner mentioned that if you give him a call @ the shop 586-777-2032 or his mobile @ 586-615-5497 he would be more then happy to help you out .
    Oh no youre fine..

    I came on here looking for a good company to deal with and you have pointed me in the right direction, as has a few others that replied to my post.
    I did check out the link you posted, but his web-site didnt show any balsa sheets ( or maybe i just didnt see it?).. Ill give him a call, see what he can do...

    thanks.
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    They do handle Balsa Core but for some odd reason they do not show it on there web site .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    They do handle Balsa Core but for some odd reason they do not show it on there web site .
    Picked my stuff up Saturday. THe owner no sure of his name, he wasn't there on Saturday.
    Brain Patterson is who helped me.. Great guy by the way, took the time to look at pics of what I am looking to do and gave me great advise on how to do it correctly..... I will only do business with him for now on!!!

    already have my balsa cut to fit, back side resin'd up, toe and side boards should be done soon..

    thanks for the help
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