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Old 11-19-2005, 08:40 PM
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Default How do you store your balsa ?

I looking for a idea to store my balsa sheets,sticks and misc wood.I would love somthing like in the picture but 48" sheets wont fit its only 44" long ... Anyone want to chime in ? ANY IDEAS WELCOME !!!



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Old 11-19-2005, 10:53 PM
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I just throw my balsa in a box that any old ARF or kit comes in. Sticks in one box. Sheets in another box. Plywood in the third box.

Why do you need a covered box with a lid? Those things cost money. Old ARF boxes are free.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:00 AM
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Your right, Rcpilet, and it gives you an excuse to buy an ARF.

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Old 11-20-2005, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the idea.. but,my shop is a Organization masterpiece and I just hate ARF's.. I fly40%er's. The last ARF I bought was garbage and will never do another. There's nothing like a custom built model.. I have attached a pic..

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Old 11-20-2005, 12:39 PM
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Default RE: How do you store your balsa ?

If your shop is an organization masterpiece, whip out the structural material of your choice plus your hot glue gun and fabricate the container to meet your needs. Or hit on your less discriminating friends for their arf containers and paint the labels out. I just use old kit boxes spliced together with duct tape. Not as pretty as a manufactured storage box but certainly effective. The real problem is storing old plans without rolling them tightly. Flat files really are not large enough and take up too much room. The present method of using 50 gallon trash bags works but looks terrible and also takes up a lot of space.
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Thanks for the idea.. but,my shop is a Organization masterpiece and I just hate ARF's.. I fly40%er's. The last ARF I bought was garbage and will never do another. There's nothing like a custom built model.. I have attached a pic..

Thanks fellas
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I always try to find a solution that includes the need to buy a new tool.

If you get two of those containers, you can go to Harbor Freight and buy a plastic welder for about $200.00. Then for about $240.00, you can have your own custom sized container.

I built custom cabinets in my workshop in which I included two cabinets that were 54", so I could store kits and long stock. This allowed me to add a biscuit jointer, a router tables, and some jigs to my collection of tools.

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To store sheet balsa, and prevent warping, I built, well, let's call it a sandwich devise from wood.

The bottom and top of the sandwich are smooth and straight pine boards, 3/4 inch thick and slightly wider than the balsa stock.
The boards are about 5 inches longer than the balsa, i.e., for 48" balsa, 53 inches.

The bottom and top boards are drilled 2 holes in each end, and dowels, about 6 inches long, are glued to the bottom board.
Now the sheet balsa is laid on the bottom board. If there are multiple lengths, additional boards separate these.
These intermediate boards are 48" long.

Now the top board is aligned onto the dowels and pressed downward with enough pressure to ensure the balsa lays flat.

So far, the friction of the top board on the dowels is all that is needed. It would be no big deal to add a rubber band on each end.

When you need a sheet, pick out the proper length and thickness. Lift the top board to remove the pressure. Take out your sheet.
Restore pressure with the top board.

This is the best system I have come up with. If you would like a pic, let me know.
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Yes, please post a picture
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I will do so on Thursday. My son has a digital camera.
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Old 11-24-2005, 02:42 PM
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Let's see if the old man can figure out how to post pictures:
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Explanation of pics:

1. The two middle shelves are storage units I mentioned.
2. I forgot to mention that I attach thin plywood to the bottom board of the sandwich to serve as a back to align the sheets
3. With the top board removed, you pick the sheet you want and remove it.
4. Then you replace the top board.
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I use cardboard boxes that shipped balsa, to store strips and wide stock:
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Old 11-24-2005, 08:22 PM
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Go Navy, Very nice Balsa storage idea.I may have to steal your idea and build me one . I have located some containers like in my first post at Lowes that are 44' long, stack and will fit in the shelves on my bench.. any 48" stock I will just store in a box
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BT: Thank you. Hope it works out. Beats fumbling thru a box trying to find the right stuff.
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