Toys; is there a certain glue and wood type to use?

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Blog entry by scottr posted 06-22-2011 07:46 PM 2876 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, Is there a type of glue and wood that should or should not be used for making kids Toys? Im a new grandfather and want to make the little guy some toys. The first thing that comes to mind is him chewing on the toys so i want to be sure i dont make him sick. Thanks!

-- Scott

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 08:27 PM

find a wood toxicity list through google plenty of woods i wouldnt want in my mouth. maple is pretty safe. not sure but i think woods like walnut arent a good idea. i think titebond once cured is ok. most finishes are ok too as long as they are cured.

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 08:31 PM

Personally I’d go with hide glue, seeing as how there should be no problems even if he eats it.

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 12:47 AM

For children in the age where they are going to put the toy in their mouth the most common finish is Mineral Oil that you can get from your pharmacy. Some people mix it with beeswax for a better looking finish. Google for beeswax mineral oil to get recipes.

There are some vendors that sell products without any finish, but I that is inviting trouble. If the child get the toy dirty, there isn’t any real way to clean it. Then there is the potential for germs to get into the wood.

Coloring can be done by soaking the wood after being cut in food dye. If you do this, make sure you put a mineral oil finish on it or the child could end up with a stain on their lips. Regardless it wouldn’t be more toxic than a cup cake.

For any child less than pre-teen, choose wood that will not splitter. I’ve had poor experience with some Red Oak and Pine splintering on smaller edges. Also, for the younger children try for lighter woods; soft maple instead of hard maple. I find Basswood cuts well, doesn’t splinter, takes food coloring and is light.


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#4 posted 06-23-2011 01:18 PM

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 05:28 PM

Thanks guys, this gives me a good idea of what i need to do.

-- Scott

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