anybody know what is the best way to make balsa wood pliable

This discussion area is for basic structure building concepts. Not intended for advanced concepts.
*Good Example: Balsa can bend with the addition of boiling water.
*Good Example: Triangle is the strongest shape for most applications of bracing.
*Bad Example: Balsa can hold X pounds under these conditions.
*Bad Example: Use this shape for this application.
Basically I want you to think a design through with the basics instead of someone else thinking through your design for you.
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balsa9942

anybody know what is the best way to make balsa wood pliable

Post by balsa9942 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:09 pm

I am doing a science project in which I am testing out different bridge designs using balsa wood. I am thinking about building arch bridges except i'm afraid that if you bend balsa wood, it will become weaker. I heard that steaming or boiling, the wood makes it pliable. What is the best way to make balsa wood pliable?

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