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View Poll Results: What is your preferred Balsa Wood Sealer
Brodak sanding sealer 12 22.22%
Epoxy 0 0%
Diluted Elmers carpenter glue 1 1.85%
Full strength Elmers carpenter glue 1 1.85%
Lacquer automotive primer 0 0%
Enamel automotive primer 3 5.56%
Water based primer 0 0%
Plain old dope 4 7.41%
CA glue 1 1.85%
Elmers wood filler 19 35.19%
Spackle 1 1.85%
Other 12 22.22%
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:56 PM
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Scratch that. Just checked. The mounted fin is now warped. Mabey it's the basswood.

Going to switch to 3/32.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:48 PM
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An easy way to cut basswood is to use a utility knife with a fresh blade. This will give you more leverage than a #11 Xacto knife. Use a heavy steel ruler as a guide and make 2 or 3 passes. I use a ruler from a disassembled combination square. It's very thick and dosen't bend. I cut all my fins this way regardless of wood type. Try to line up the direction of your cuts so that you always pull the knife from the edge of the board towards the center, or with the grain as much as possible, otherwise the resistance of the blade will sometimes snap the tips off of the fins.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:07 PM
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An Xacto #6 handle with a #2 or #24 blade easily cuts through basswood fins with about 3 firm passes.
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:31 PM
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Three new fins cut. For some reason the 3/32 cuts easier than the 1/16.
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The 3/32" stock may be of a softer/less dense grade of balsa than your 1/16" stock was.
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