Finish for wooden cars and a plane for a 1 year old.

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Forum topic by Dunnester posted 07-14-2020 09:32 PM 427 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2020 09:32 PM

I was wondering if some of you fine lumberjocks might know of a good finish I could apply to the wooden cars and planes I made for my 1 year old grandson. My wife bought up the question of him putting them in his mouth as a lot of toddlers do. Any help will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-14-2020 11:37 PM

I used water based poly urethane. You’ll get a range of opinions. If you want to avoid any question of the slightest risk use mineral oil.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-14-2020 11:57 PM

Mineral oil or nothing.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 01:11 AM

I’ve made quite a few wooden toys for the grandkids ranging in age from newborn on up.. Pretty much any film finish is safe when cured, so I don’t particularly worry about it much. I’ve used polyurethane (oil based), epoxy, acrylic and enamel paint, shellac and mineral oil.


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#4 posted 07-15-2020 03:06 AM

Shellac. If its good enough for M&Ms…and anything beats the lead residue on chinese imports

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 04:03 AM

I want to thank those who responded to my request. I really appreciate it

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 04:21 AM

On blocks for the grandkids, I painted each side with pictures/letters/numbers. They enjoyed stacking and playing with them. Wasn’t a issue when they have plenty of other chew toys.

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#7 posted 07-15-2020 04:32 AM

Has been said many times, all finishes are safe once cured. Just avoid paint with lead pigments. LOL

+1 Many good choices mentioned already.

My go to finish for touchy-feely things for kids and kitchen is Tried and True Original Wood Finish.
Nothing sticks to it, so it’s easy clean.
I use it on my workbench top and even cured epoxy lifts right off.

Best Luck,

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