Specialized Balsa Wood -- Balsa wood discussion site / fourm for towers, bridges, structures, rc airplanes, carving surf boards, and balsa models.
This discussion area is for basic structure building concepts. Not intended for advanced concepts.
*Good Example: Balsa can bend with the addition of boiling water.
*Good Example: Triangle is the strongest shape for most applications of bracing.
*Bad Example: Balsa can hold X pounds under these conditions.
*Bad Example: Use this shape for this application.
Basically I want you to think a design through with the basics instead of someone else thinking through your design for you.
I am doing a science project in which I am testing out different bridge designs using balsa wood. I am thinking about building arch bridges except i'm afraid that if you bend balsa wood, it will become weaker. I heard that steaming or boiling, the wood makes it pliable. What is the best way to make balsa wood pliable?