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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“We saved about four days worth of labor on a recent project by using TimberFlex (Over a 70% reduction). Not only did we produce a cleaner product, but we were able to move on to the next project ahead of schedule.

We used to kerf our own boards, something that takes time and requires very little skill. Interior Products allowed us to remove this step and focus our skills where they are really needed.

The Interior Product's line is great because it turns a tight radius and is quick and easy to use.

Less material, less thinking time, less labor = less overall cost.

Before, we would take small slats (wide ripped out of a 1 x), faces touching, backs out, build a form around it, then fill the gaps with Bondo, sand and smooth out. Now, we simply cut ribs to specified shape and apply the TimberFlex. It doesn't get much easier.

Labor is always one of our biggest concerns. We don't mind paying a little more up front, if the result is an overall reduction of labor in the end. The use of TimberFlex eliminates the trial and error that we previously experienced with old methods.”
Michael Phillips, Mid-American Precast Inc.