Balsa wood is very popular among consumers both at home and abroad for many of its advantages, like lightweight, soft and easy to work with. It can be used to make balsa wood surfboard, balsa float, balsa model and so forth. Generally, you need some tools to help you when working with balsa wood, like razor saw, surgical knife, razor plane and so forth. Here we will give you a brief introduction.
The razor saw will be required to cut for straight cuts for balsa thicker than 4mm. You are advised to select a razor saw which has replacable saw blades and make sure you have a spare one. You can use the finest tooth blade for the best cuts. There are various kinds of razor saw both in domestic and international markets, and you are advised to choose it according to your specific requirements.
Well, surgical knife with No.11 blade should be one of the necessary tools when making balsa modles and so forth. It is impossible to work with balsa wood without a nice knife and sharp blades. To select a knife with sharp blade which will make the work with balsa much easier. But you should be carefully when using it since it will cause yourself serious damage from overexerting.
Razor plane is another tool that should be required during your working. Many people tend to use sand paper rather than razor plane to take off the bulk of balsa when shaping down. Fill your room up with balsa dust then you should be using a razor plane. A razor plane will let you shove down your fuselages, leading edges and trailing edges with such ease that you will never touch sandpaper for anything other than finishing shaping.
Balsa stripper is also important tool actually since it is a more of scratch-builder tool. Also, the steel ruler is required. The mini clamps are incredibly useful too and it can be found easily in most hardware stores. The clamps are used to hold small balsa parts together while you are waiting for glue to set or simply for standing balsa parts up so you can paint them.