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Old 02-10-2021, 10:46 PM
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How do you guys store balsa and plywood? Will it warp?

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Old 02-11-2021, 09:24 AM
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I sit all mine on a flat benchtop and have weights on it. It keeps perfectly.
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:12 AM
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Cool dry area ..... yes it does warp if it has any chance !! Heat and moisture are its enemy.
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Old 02-11-2021, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Panther View Post
I sit all mine on a flat benchtop and have weights on it. It keeps perfectly.
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Cool dry area ..... yes it does warp if it has any chance !! Heat and moisture are its enemy.
I don't have any weights I can put on it. Certainly cold, unheated and rainy outside. All I can do is lay them flat.

There still in the boxes from BalsaUSA. I suppose I could put them all in one box.
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Old 02-11-2021, 06:04 PM
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TBH - I have sheets of Balsa and ply - they are not specially stored. Some have been in open box for years ...

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Old 02-11-2021, 06:42 PM
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Being a cabinet builder has it 's benefits. I built a special cabinet in my model room.
Part of it was designed for storage, The smaller drawers are 6 1/4" wide and 50" long for the rare choice pieces. The bottom drawer is 20" wide and 50" long for full sheets of aircraft plywood and large scraps.
The front has 15 drawers for other things and the top is 1 1/2" thick to hold my small drill press, small scroll saw and a micro table saw.
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Old 02-12-2021, 03:55 AM
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I have a cabinet also but they are all lateral drawers and shallow. Each one has a different size wood in it.

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Old 02-13-2021, 01:48 AM
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Nice cabinets, both. I doubt that I'll build long enough to justify building something like these. I built for many years and stopped, just picked it back up to build a couple ideas I had years ago, but that may be all. I never worried about storage, having a really good hobby shop near by. Most of those places are gone now and you have to ship everything.
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Old 02-13-2021, 02:10 AM
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Hobby Lobby and Michaels crafts stores usually carry a pretty good supply. I get from my HL quite often. Not contest grade balsa but good enough for the average builder.
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Old 02-13-2021, 07:28 PM
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Yeah, one of my leading edges (1/2 x 3/4 x 36") has warped. Hope I can bend it back. I'll try and leave it bent the other way, just a little for a while....before using it.
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Warps .... there are a number of ways to sort ...

Water .... wet the wood and then gentle heat ... while the item is eased to opposite way of warp ... let cool

Ammonia or Window Cleaner .... similar action.

Warps happen because one side contracts or expands due to external conditions affecting that side ... Or simply that the item has stood on one edge at an angle.

You can actually reproduce the effect with Water and Dope ... Dampen one side, paint Dope on other ... watch it warp as the Dope causes it to contract ... If you can control this - then you can use it in model building to advantage.
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Old 02-25-2021, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
Warps .... there are a number of ways to sort ...

Water .... wet the wood and then gentle heat ... while the item is eased to opposite way of warp ... let cool

Ammonia or Window Cleaner .... similar action.

Warps happen because one side contracts or expands due to external conditions affecting that side ... Or simply that the item has stood on one edge at an angle.

You can actually reproduce the effect with Water and Dope ... Dampen one side, paint Dope on other ... watch it warp as the Dope causes it to contract ... If you can control this - then you can use it in model building to advantage.
How much water, spray bottle...or under the faucet?
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