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Old 09-02-2018, 08:30 AM
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Hi Guys,

I was wondering does anyone know what the lifespan of Balsa is if it is kept well over the years? It all looks good No warps, not brittle etc.

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Old 09-02-2018, 11:13 AM
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I'd say you kind of answered your own question ... If it not warped or brittle, or has any obvious signs of mold or insect damage, it is probably OK.
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I acquired a huge stock of balsa over the years that I pick from when building and supplement with new wood as required. The only problem I have ever found with my old stock is that exposed surfaces seem to oxidize a bit over the years. Glue doesn't stick to this dusty, oxidized surface but a quick pass or two with a sanding block resolves the issue.

I can't say that balsa improves with age but I can't see that it degrades much either.
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The key is moisture content. As long as it's moisture is maintained, it should last as long as any wood will.
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Appowner is correct.
balsa is like any other wood, the conditions of it's storage will be the determining factor for the condition of it's usefulness and lifespan. it is very a porous wood, it absorbs moisture like a sponge. like any other wood,.... if stored for long periods,...storing in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight and sealing the ends of a board with shellac or fingernail polish will do a lot to keep it dry and light. be sure it is laid flat and/or if stacked straight up, leaning as little as possible.
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Food for thought: I saw a claim a while back, that stated, by weight, balsa costs more than gold....
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