Balsakore

An environmentally friendly, lightweight substrate material that can be used in the Kerfkore bendable and lightweight line of products.

Balsakore is a lightweight core material made from the balsa tree. The wood is low in density but high in strength to provide a very strong, lightweight cellulose based core material.

Balsakore can be used in the Kerfkore bendable and lightweight products to provide a core that is made from material containing no added formaldehyde. The balsa tree is plantation grown and can be harvested in 6 to 7 years.

Balsa wood is five times lighter than traditional particleboard and fiberboard core materials and three times lighter than lite core plywood materials.

Balsakore is offered as a core material in the Kerfkore, Timberflex and Flexboard bendable line as well as the lightweight product line. Currently this core is available in 5/8” thickness that will provide a 3/4” finished thickness for both Timberflex and Flexboard products while the Kerfkore product is available in a 5/8” thickness. The lightweight product is available from 3/4" - 1-1/8" thicknesses with multiple face options.

Balsakore products can be used with both cold and hot press laminating processes at normal operating pressure. The core also provides the strength to add fasteners, hinges, and other types of hardware. The edge will machine smoothly and is suitable for use with automatic hot melt edge banders.

Balsakore provides an environmentally friendly product that comes from a rapidly renewable resource. It can be used with conventional fabrication methods to achieve a strong and durable product that is lightweight and good for our environment.

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“While we have made curved pieces with bending board and veneers previously this was our first attempt at building something with this kind of shape. I found the kerfkore to be easier to work with than I expected. I don't know if I could have or would have wanted to build this the old way. We did additional supports inside which I understand is overkill with kerfkore. I would feel comfortable doing more shapes with kerfkore in the future.”
Bryan Eads, The Bookcase Place of Richmond, Inc.