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CANDL

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#1 posted 671 days ago

Ducks … Hmm something I have helped my wife make as gifts.

Ours go out UNFINISHED … but we use Yellowheart and Cocobolo … 1 big yellow Momma duck 2 yellow babies and one brown “ugly” duckling. (Maple wheels and axels)

The research we did lead us to believe that these woods were all safe outside the shop. We deal with dust via a dust collection and air filter system … so knock on wood we have had no issues.

I do have concerns though about wood grain direction… Kids chew and pry …. if the can snap off a small beak is it a choking hazard ( I would rather snap a head off then a beak …. harder to swallow the head)

I suggest looking at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/volstd/toys/f963_05102010.pdf.

Ok I am not going all leagaleaze but as an engineer/woodworker if I gave my daughter a toy I made, andg that killed her …. well not sure what I do… fortunately with her in her mid 20s I think I am safe.

The PDF mentions a cord length maximum, and maximum load before failure.

I believe they also discuss a pull test … you pull on a part say the wheel, with 25# of force… if it comes off it must pass the choke test. Our wheels did not fail at 25# so we passed that test but who knew.

We love making toys together, we just want to make sure everybody is smiling for 20 yrs after we are gone.

Regards and Congrats!
Carl
PS
No amount of careful planning compensates for poor parenting …. if the kid chews the duck into a spear and stabs their brother what can we do. If a toy gets “frayed” get rid of it.


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