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 » February 6th, 2015, 12:03 pm

What the title says.

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

Postby JonB » February 6th, 2015, 12:15 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 » February 6th, 2015, 1:57 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 » February 6th, 2015, 5:14 pm

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 » February 7th, 2015, 12:45 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 » February 21st, 2015, 1:25 pm

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


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