Crtomir wrote:Bob Miller wrote:Hey, so Specialized Balsa is a little slow when it comes to ordering decent wood, by a little i mean they were three weeks late with their estimated arrival time..... Any other decent balsa ordering websites that is quicker than Specialized? Also, what wood do you usually order and use on your towers?
I placed three separate orders to Specialized Balsa last year and they all came within a week or so and wood was of good quality and all pieces were within the density range I selected. I highly recommend them.
Having the luxury of being able to drive down to Specialized to pick orders up, can't comment on shipping timing. I do know Jake at Specialized work really hard to do timely shipping.
If there's any other place that allows you to order to a specified density (e.g., 1/8" sticks in 0.1gr increments for 36" sticks), I haven't heard of it,
That's critical for high performance. To maximize score, you want to get to a set of sticks/legs that are just barely strong enough. If you order/get enough sticks in a wider density range (like "medium"), the variation will get you a few that ....are what you really are looking for. Same situation if you buy sheets and cut/strip your pieces. You can order sheets in a narrow density/weight range from Specialized.
And the last thing to remember is, to get maximum structural efficiency, it is not the density, but the strength (buckling strength) that matters- see the graph in my post above. Buckling strength IS related to density, but there is significant variation around the mean. You can, for instance, have .....a bunch of, let's say 1.4gr/36" and 1.5gr/36" 1/8" sticks, and have a very significant difference in buckling strength, where the BS of some of the 1.4s is higher than some of the 1.5s. What you're looking for is a reasonably well matched (in BS) set, where the BSs are just above your design BS- the very lightest ones that meet design BS. It is wood selection based on required BS that will separate the really high performing towers from the....rest of the pack. So, being able to order to a tight density spec means you will have to order/work through fewer sticks to find the lightest, strong enough pieces you want.