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01-07-2021 04:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing maple walnut kids toys

I built my 2 year old a set of wooden tools for his birthday coming up. I did a tool box, hammer, screw driver, ruler, square, and a hand saw. I made them out of maple and walnut. Looking for advise on what would look best and would be the best finish. I guess I’m not terrible concerned about it being the most durable finish ever because he will be 2 and I know he will be hard on them, and in my opinion dings and scratches just add to it over the years. The options I was considering were shellac, lacquer, danish oil, wipe on poly, or a combination of those. This is my first time finishing something out of with the maple walnut combo so just curious what people have used. Thanks for the advise

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#1 posted 01-07-2021 04:56 PM

I suggest using water-based poly. It cleans up easily and is quite durable. This woodcarving was finished with it:

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#2 posted 01-07-2021 06:16 PM

Yeah i’d probably go Minwax wipe on poly. Cheap and easy to apply, holds up well, cleans up easy.

Fwiw, when my kids were that age, they used one of my wooden mallets to smash chalk on the driveway. They would then design/draw on the driveway with chalk powder or mix with water etc. They could literally do this for hours while I worked in the shop. Such great times.

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#3 posted 01-07-2021 06:29 PM

Use a non film building finish. Oil based Wipe on poly or reg thinned 1:1. Apply like danish oil. Can do another coat after he scratches them up if you want. Can also add dye if desired. Food and kid safe after its cured – when you no longer smell anything.

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#4 posted 01-07-2021 09:17 PM

I would use Shellac.

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#5 posted 01-07-2021 10:34 PM

He’s going to eat the tools. I would use a mineral oil/ beeswax blend. I think my mix is 4:1.

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#6 posted 01-08-2021 12:37 AM

+1 Shellac
It is used to add shine to hard candy shells, and encapsulate medicine pills.
Perfect for edible tools. :-)
Easy to repair too.

BTW – Great job starting the kid early!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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