Softwoods

Balsa, Parana pine etc.

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Balsa

Softwood -

  • Lightweight
  • Open grain
  • Low density
  • High strength

Good for light, stiff structures

Balsa layer sandwiched between two layers of plywood

Can be used for:

  • Surfboards,
  • Boats
  • Model planes
  • Model tree houses
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Parana

Softwood -

  • Straight grain
  • Knot free
  • Hard grain
  • Strong and durable

Good for home furnishings

Can be used for:

  • Furniture
  • Doors
  • Staircases
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Comments

Tom Babington

balsa is not a softwood! It is a hardwood!

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