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Old 10-18-2015, 08:56 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of any balsa suppliers in Canada?
I mean other than the LHS.
I have a laser cutter I have built recently and will be cutting kits for myself and club members.
But sourcing balsa in large enough quantities is becoming difficult and expensive.
I saw Hobby Woods Online listed here but their website doesn't seem to be active and I haven't seen any posts for a long time.
Would prefer a Canadian source.

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Old 10-18-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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Have you contacted Don's Balsa in Grimsby?

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Old 10-18-2015, 09:42 PM   #3
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I haven't.
I will give him a shout.
Any others?
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I'll bet he can give you the best price especially for bulk orders. He cuts nice balsa!

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Old 10-18-2015, 10:00 PM   #5
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Thanks.
I found his number here.
I'm going to call him tomorrow.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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Bill.
Called Don today.
What a great guy. Super friendly and I sure he'll have everything I'll need moving forward.
And by the way, it's his birthday today.
Happy Birthday Don!

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Hello Andrew, I'm curious what kits will you be cutting? How are you going to program your cutter? Autocad DXF/DWG? I have been toying with the idea of buiding a small .40 sized nitro plane from scratch, drawing it up in Autocad and then cutting by hand, but I have doubts about my abilities to do this totally from scratch.

Are you copying plans, or designing your own?

Post a build thread when you get going on one!
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Hey Paul.
I am doing a combination of existing plans and my own.
I scan the plans or a 3 view into Turbocad.
I then trace the plans or use the 3 view to create my own design.
I then save to dxf and import that into Cambam.
I use Cambam to arrange the parts into a cutfile and generate g-code.
I feed the g-code through mach3 which drives the cutter.
It's not that difficult to do your own from scratch.
Go for it!

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Happy Birthday Don, he must be close to 100 now! Who said balsa dust was bad for you??

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The biggest problem I have is that I work on Autocad every day, and bought a copy of Turbocad for use at home. It seems like a pretty powerful cad program, but there is just enough different from Autocad that it frustrates the crap out of me, so I working my way through the tutorial package that came with it. As soon as I can find some extra time, I'll get serious about it.

Are you drawing in 3d, or all plan view?
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