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#1 posted 01-29-2013 09:42 AM


That is my understanding as well. The solvents are the toxic part. Once all the solvents have evaporated you are left with a film that is basically inert. I’m reading Flexner’s second book “Flexner on finishing” now. He claims that even if you did end up swallowing a chunk of cured finish it wouldn’t harm you. I’m not sure I entirely buy that. I know I’d prefer not to eat a chunk of varnish. Which is what you would get, I would think, if you use it on a cutting board.

If I was going to a baby crib or a toy for a child I would use either paint that is truly lead free or shellac. I’d probably go with shellac. You could gobble down a bunch of shellac flakes and you’d be fine.

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