From what I've read/heard, spruce is about 3 times heavier than balsa but about 6-8 times stronger. Sun, 2014-01-19 08:02 — robteed. or any kind of seasoned wood waste it is a free supply of good carving wood. Now I need to put on some floor joist and deck boards. Who supplies it? It is a very light and fairly soft … Ordering light ply from a wood supply is getting a bit out of my price range plus the shipping cost. Balsa wood is known for its light weight and buoyancy. The most common use of balsa wood is in mode-making. Scenery - Structures; So, I'm building this wharf and using dowels and 3/8 x 3/8 strip wood from Home Depot. Spruce, and perferrably Sitka Spruce, is considerably stronger than bass, and is the wood of choice for structural components. vs. RE: basswood vs. balsa wood vs. Bass is not a 'flavor' of balsa, it's a completely different species. Anyone else here Both before and after getting a layer of lightweight glass cloth. vs. 11g. 7g. IMHO it is better to play around with harder wood than softer, unless of course you can get basswood (the king). Spruce - I am curious to know the strengths of balsa vs basswood vs spruce. Affordable and abundant, basswood is particularly associated with mid-level or budget guitars. Don't waste your time. The only thing locally is Balsa wood. 3g. 15g., before cleaning them up with sanding. Also that basswood is about the same weight as spruce but only about half as strong. Basswood. But basswood is a good tonewood by any standards, and it has been used by many high-end makers with excellent results. Wood Uses. Basswood is also relatively light, when compared to other woods, but is known for its light and even texture and grain, as well as its lack of taste. Balsa Wood for scratch building vs Basswood. Bass vs Obechi rec.models.rc.air. Here's some pics, of two identical sets of fins, one balsa and one basswood. Basswood vs Balsa wood Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 11, 2004 11:59 PM I'm in Architecture school and all the scratch built models have to be in Basswood, so that carries over to my model railroading. Spruce If I manage to get out on a road trip today I will pop over to Lowe's and take a look at the Lauan, thanks for the part number. Even after the glass cloth, the balsa is lighter than the basswood without it. If you keep an eye on old junk furniture, made of oak, pine, cherry etc. Re: balsa wood, compaird to basswood Hi Evie, Balsa sucks. Kit Building - basswood vs. balsa wood vs.