Best Place To Buy Balsa Online

By on June 13, 2007 -- Modified on October 4, 2016

Many people ask “Where is the the best place to buy balsa wood online?” The best website I know of is Specialized Balsa LLC. The owner, Jake Zimmer, has been in the balsa business for years and knows what he is doing. Once I had Jake cut me some 1/32″ x 1/32″ sticks of Balsa just to see if he could do it. He did, and they were absolutely perfect. He also cut me a 3″ x”1/64″ x 36″. I have no real use for these, but still it is cool to have around.

C Grain Balsa

C Grain Balsa

Overall, I have been very impressed with the quality and precision of the cuts that come from Specialized Balsa. I have also ordered from other online companies, and bought from local hobby stores but Specialized Balsa is the best. They also have limited pre-weighted sticks of balsa for competition purposes, which is great. One thing that I really thought was neat is that the balsa sheets come with a sticker with the weight on them precise to a 1/100 of a gram. Very professional.

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  1. Hello: I’ve been interested in building a scale model of my home and my church for static display in my model railroad. I understand balsa wood, light aluminum and clear plastic would be ideal for manufacturing the parts. Are you able to cut minature 2x4s, 2×6 etc. pieces to make walls, floors, rafters etc.?

    By Kenneth Spriggs -- April 14, 2017
  2. Hi
    I have an idea for a project. I think it might be a crazy idea, but anyway here goes …

    I would like to build a teardrop caravan shell out of timber, it has to be as light as possible because it will be mounted on a small steel trailer frame, which will be towed behind a small motorcycle.

    The thought of using balsa wood popped into my head from my younger days making models outof the stuff.

    Is this a completely un-do-able idea?

    Cheers
    Steve

    By Steve Haslam -- March 30, 2012
    • Steve, I have my doubts if balsa wood would be able to hold up against wind and thrown rocks, etc. Perhaps you could make a frame or some sort of truss system out of balsa and then cover it with sheets of a more durable wood, such as basswood or maybe spruce. Both are still very strong for their weight and much more dense than balsa wood.

      By Garrett Boon -- March 30, 2012

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