Thursday, April 5

Sealing Balsa Wood

I don't usually use balsa wood to build furniture. Basswood is my favorite choice.

Today I read that you can seal balsa wood with a mixture of 2/3 white glue and 1/3 water. This keeps it from warping and is supposed to help it take paint better.

I'm working on the frames for my little sofa and ottoman. I sealed the wood using this technique. It dried nice and flat with no warping at all! I didn't even have to weigh it down.

I plan to paint the frames black and then add Martha's metallic glaze. Hopefully I will have the finished furniture to show you later?

Hope you have a nice day!


Fabiola said...

Thanks for this information on the balsa.
Bye Faby

otterine said...

That's a great tip for balsa! :D

Giac said...

Hi Kathi,
Thanks for the information. It's good to know as I've always shyed away from Balsa...seems I always get nail marks and puck on them.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Sherry said...

I haven't left a comment in a while but do enjoy seeing your amazing work. Happy Spring.

Cote said...

Gracias por la información sobre la madera de balsa, es una interesante información!!

Lucille said...

Kathi, thanks for the recipe!

Ilona said...

Kathi, thank you for sharing this information, hopefully it helps. Balsa is not my favorite. Happy Easter and blessings, Ilona

Kikka said...

Great tips :)
Thank You!