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Old Sep 26, 2006, 07:33 AM
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Eating Balsa Wood...is it bad for you?

...or is it just a wholesome way to add fibre to your diet.

I can't be the only person* who almost subconsciously nibbles the ends of scrap bits of balsa whilst pondering a particuarly troublesome part of a build.

I suppose in my life I have probably consumed the equivalent of at least one whole sheet of 1/8" possibly more. I'm just wondering what problems or benefits I can expect.






*actually maybe I am.
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Old Sep 26, 2006, 08:27 AM
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Unusual habit, although I've probably breathed in a massive amount sanding over the years! I've not knowingly eaten the stuff.
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Old Sep 26, 2006, 09:15 AM
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I've done it for years. The best thing is that micromodels come out the other end....

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Old Sep 26, 2006, 09:18 AM
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...or is it just a wholesome way to add fibre to your diet.

I can't be the only person* who almost subconsciously nibbles the ends of scrap bits of balsa whilst pondering a particuarly troublesome part of a build.

I suppose in my life I have probably consumed the equivalent of at least one whole sheet of 1/8" possibly more. I'm just wondering what problems or benefits I can expect.






*actually maybe I am.
Perhaps you should chhange your nom-de-plume to "Beaver"
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Old Sep 26, 2006, 08:52 PM
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I suspect that you're "it" Saint.

Like many I've breathed the dust for too many years. I'm not allergic to the dust which causes severe sinus congestion and runny nose until the dust clears. I tend to sand beside a pegboard box hooked to a vacuum cleaner.

Not sure if it's just old age or if it's only due to the balsa dust. I know that other wood dusts don't bother me near as much.
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Old Sep 26, 2006, 10:02 PM
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Balsa is just roughage. I.e. it won't do anything to you and is basically indigestible anyway.

There are a few carcinigens in wood, but they tend to evaporate off..all thats left is cellulose, liginin and tannin IIRC. Not nearly as much as in a cup of tea..
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 10:20 AM
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I suppose in my life I have probably consumed the equivalent of at least one whole sheet of 1/8" possibly more. I'm just wondering what problems or benefits I can expect.
Probably no real problems to speak of, and maybe a bit of extra protein now and then depending on whether you've snapped up a bit of wormy wood.

OTOH, if you have increasingly strong urges to slap your backside on the pavement when you spot something dangerous, you might want to back off the balsa intake a bit . . .
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 11:04 AM
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Tastes like wooden chicken?

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Old Sep 27, 2006, 11:07 AM
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You guys slay me.
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 12:15 PM
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If you guys are looking for more fiber in your diet, eat carpet.

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Old Oct 01, 2006, 04:39 PM
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with or without cyano garnishing?
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Talking of cyno':

I thought I had become allergic to balsa dust after 50 odd years of whittling the stuff into flying critters.
Sneezing, runny nose, bunged up ade"dddoids" and all that kind of thing.
IT IS IN FACT DOWN TO CYNO!:mad: .

My missus has now declared it a banned substance (so I hide it, and only use it on hinges, even then OUTSIDE the workshop!) If I get a tiny wiff of cyno, flue like symptoms come on within an hour or so. It pays to read the warnings on these products!
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I use a kitchen vent with drop down tyvek drop clothes and a front window of Plexiglas for all my painting and gluing. The vent does a great job of removing all fumes to the outside. Works very much like a chemistry lab fume hood. I recommend this as well as a sanding box made from pegboard material attached to a shop vac with a hepa filter installed.

Best to eat the balsa than to breath it

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I thought I had become allergic to balsa dust after 50 odd years of whittling the stuff into flying critters.
Sneezing, runny nose, bunged up ade"dddoids" and all that kind of thing.
IT IS IN FACT DOWN TO CYNO!:mad: .

My missus has now declared it a banned substance (so I hide it, and only use it on hinges, even then OUTSIDE the workshop!) If I get a tiny wiff of cyno, flue like symptoms come on within an hour or so. It pays to read the warnings on these products!
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Old Oct 14, 2006, 06:47 PM
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I thought that balsa increased testosterone levels..


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...or is it just a wholesome way to add fibre to your diet.

I can't be the only person* who almost subconsciously nibbles the ends of scrap bits of balsa whilst pondering a particuarly troublesome part of a build.

I suppose in my life I have probably consumed the equivalent of at least one whole sheet of 1/8" possibly more. I'm just wondering what problems or benefits I can expect.






*actually maybe I am.
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Old Oct 16, 2006, 12:02 AM
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Breathing wood dust is no laughing matter. Google Cedar Dust for starters, next 911 dust or asthma and then Metalic Taste in your throat.

It can make you Blue in the face!
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