Balsa Wood 8mm
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Heartwood white to grey-white sometimes pinkish near the heart in older trees, not clearly demarcated from the sapwood; grain straight, texture coarse and even, wood with silky lustre. Growth rings indistinct with medium to large pores (vessels) often appear as coarse brown scratches on the wood side-grain.
Ship and boat building, sporting goods, musical instruments, blockboard, toys and novelties, turnery, surf boards, model making
The timber works well with tools but cutting edges must be sharp to avoid crumbling and to ensure a good finish in planning. Material can be nailed, but its holding power is poor. Glues well, stains and polishes satisfactorily but it is very absorbent.