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Forum topic by MrRon posted 02-11-2018 02:07 AM 474 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2018 02:07 AM

I’m planning on making some wooden toys and need to know what finish I can use that is “child safe”, both paint and clear finish.

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 02:24 AM

“The hard, shiny shells on candies are often made from shellac, a resin secreted by the lac bug. You may know shellac from its more famous work in varnishes and sealants, but it’s also a mainstay in pill coatings, candy, coffee beans, and even the waxy sheen on apples and other fruits and vegetables.”

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 06:05 AM

A lot depends on the child and there age…
For older children like my grandsons I use water based paints with pressure pack closs acrylic over the top to give the toy a hard surface or just straight pressure pack gloss acrylic or polyurethane…
For a teething toy my daughter made from “hard/rock maple” we used pure virgin natural coconut oil only…
Cheese boards I’ve used pure virgin natural linseed oil….

There are also some good websites with information I’ve downloaded to keep at “pdf file” but I’m not sure how to add them to the blog post??

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 04:00 PM

You could go with mineral oil or salad bowl finish.

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 04:04 PM

The safest finish is no finish at all. I try to use a variety of colored woods that make a coating unnecessary. However, for the inevitable dull colored product I’ll use water based polyurethane. I never paint because I love the colors and grains of wood too much.

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 05:19 PM

I use Danish Oil and once cured is safe.

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 06:25 PM

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 06:38 PM

Almost all the clear finishes and oils are considered non toxic after their drying/curing period listed by the mfg. Some oil like walnut would cause an allergic reaction. Stains, dyes, and paints should to be checked individually.

Some one mentioned colored wood. That is where I would double check the toxicity of the species, especially if it is left in the raw unfinished state. Also some nut woods and can produce an allergic reaction.

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 06:52 PM

all of the common topcoats including shellacs, lacquers, varnishes and wipe-on finishes are non-toxic….. when they are fully cured I really like water-based varnish…...because it dries fast….... looks great and is easy to brush or spray de-waxed shellac is another fast-drying finish that brings out the grain …... either of these options can be waxed ….. GOOD LUCK :<))

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#9 posted 02-11-2018 06:59 PM

Thank you for the information. The wood I plan to use is cypress. I hope it is splinter proof.

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