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Forum topic by WAWoodButcher posted 11-13-2009 06:34 PM 1371 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2009 06:34 PM

Good morning to all. I am looking for a topcoat to put on childrens toys I make. Something that is durable, preferably easy to apply, clear, and because it is amazing what kids chew on, non toxic. Thanks for any ideas.

-- "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding 'you are making a scene'." - Homer Simpson

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 08:06 PM

I use water based Poly.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 08:14 PM

It is said that most finishes are non toxic once it has cured properly.
I use poly on toys that are probably not going to be chewed on. for something that is for a younger kid and has a higher chance of being chewed on I generally leave it unfinished or use a food safe finish

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 08:18 PM

Water based poly works well. Also one of the salad bowl finishes like Behlen’s or General would also work. Make sure they dry for at least a week. If you make them out of hard maple they don’t really need a finish.
You could also just put a paste wax finish on them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 08:19 PM

Shellac. It is not the strongest finish, but it is the most non-toxic finish, other than mineral oil, that you can use. The kids can chew away on it and you can be completely comfortable knowing it can not hurt them. Do a search on shellac and its uses, and you will be amazed.

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 12:17 AM

Get the shellac flakes and make up batches for yourself (fresh). It’s fun stuff to work with. Dries super fast.

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 12:37 AM

ive seen walnut oil…...ive used food safe minreal oil..but seem i read somewhere that its not safe for younger children…but cant remember where…..

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 01:20 AM

I would use blonde shellac. Like FatScratch said, its not quite as durable as poly, but its safe. They use it to coat food products.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 08:01 AM

I use shellac. If you have kids, buy the shellac in flake form because you’ll be using it a lot.
For some “nicer” things (like jewelry boxes and furniture), I also apply wax made of beeswax and coconut oil.
Kids also like color, so I use milk paint on most of the kids stuff I build and apply the shellac over the paint.

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 12:16 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions folks. I went with the water based poly on the rocking horse I did. Should be in my “projects” soon if you want to take a look. Thanks again

-- "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding 'you are making a scene'." - Homer Simpson

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 12:48 AM

Rockler also sells a Toymakers Finish

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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