Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

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Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby Shawn C » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:03 pm

What the title says.

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Re: Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby JonB » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:15 pm

Shawn C wrote:What the title says.


It must be "constructed of wood and bonded by adhesive. No other materials are permitted."

So, no.

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Re: Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby iwonder » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:57 pm

Out of curiosity, what chemical were you thinking of?
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Re: Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby Shawn C » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:14 am

Well, we found some wood at an invitational a team used. We think the team used a mixture of water and glue and soaked the wood, but we aren't really sure.

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Re: Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby someusername » Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:45 am

Shawn C wrote:Well, we found some wood at an invitational a team used. We think the team used a mixture of water and glue and soaked the wood, but we aren't really sure.


I feel like that would drastically increase the mass of the beam.
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Re: Can you treat the wood with a chemical to make it stronger?

Postby boomvroomshroom » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:25 pm

I'm pretty sure that balsa works perfectly fine by itself...


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