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Best finish for lincoln logs?

by Tooch
posted 12-06-2016 12:56 PM

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 01:07 PM

I don’t seem to remember them having any finish on them back in the day, but there are a lot of cob webs between now and then! The ones selling today do look like they have some kind of finish on them, and looks very similar to a light polyurethane coat… which is also perfectly safe to chew on :)


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#2 posted 12-06-2016 01:21 PM

Hi Mike. I would soak them in Danish oil. I had heard it was food safe at a seminar and her is what Bestwood says of theirr product.

“Bestwood Danish Oil is naturally water, food and alcohol resistant. It is safe for food contact when dry and can be used for wooden bowls, chopping boards and butchers blocks. It is certified EN71 toy safe. We do not use any synthetic or modified resins or varnish in our Danish Oil.”

cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 12-06-2016 01:51 PM

The dark Danish oil wood be good. You can use a zip lock bag and put pieces in it with the Danish Oil and shake it up. Then, take the pieces out and wipe them off and set out to dry. Pointing a fan at the pieces will make them dry faster.

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#4 posted 12-06-2016 02:32 PM

I have also used Danish oil on kids toys and read where it is safe. Easy to apply and the finish comes out great.

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 03:21 PM

Years ago I had a customer that made mass produced wooden hangers (cheap ones). They applied the finish in tumbler. They put the wood pieces in a tumbler with chunks of very hard paraffin wax. The tumbling action attached the paraffin to the surface of the wood.

There are very cheap tumblers out there that are used for bullet casings. I think that would be worth investigating. It is not super fast but you only have to load the pieces and the wax and walk away.

An old clothes dryer with no heat would work too.

Carnauba is even harder. Both are child safe as far as I know:

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#6 posted 12-07-2016 05:58 AM

When I was a little kid many, many years ago, I had a set of Lincoln logs. My dad had taught me how to make flour and water paste (Big mistake. What was he thinking?) So I made up a pint of paste and pasted my Lincoln logs together into a cabin or barn. The paste turned green and brown where it got onto the wood, which suggests they were finished with a water based dye. Of course nobody worried about poisoning kids in those days, so I doubt if they were thinking about safety.

Those logs still had bits of paste clinging many years alter.

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