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Forum topic by Sab1982 posted 10-12-2016 05:18 PM 188 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2016 05:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing toys kidsafe

I have been commissioned….ok my wife is demanding me…to make an activity board for our 8 month old. Not exactly woodworking but still gotta do it. Google these things to see what I am talking about.

I don’t really want to spend much money on it and I have a half inch full sheet of particle board I am never going To use on anything. So my question is what do you all recommend as a durable, kidsafe finish. Since I want her to play with the buttons and knobs and such, she will obviously only ever use it to chew on the side of the board haha

Water based poly?
Mineral oil and paste wax?


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#1 posted 10-12-2016 05:26 PM

I would be more worried about whats in the particle board than the finish

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 05:31 PM

I second him with that. Finishing particle board is one thing, but chewing on the board is another issue altogether.

-- Zach, Ohio

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 05:35 PM

1. Never ”...I don’t really want to spend much money on it …” when it comes to your kid.
2. Use shellac It is not just safe it is actually edible.

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 06:21 PM

Well, before I get crucified here…there were probably some humorous spots in that post or attempts at humor. I’m actually a good father.

She doesn’t have enough teeth to literally chew on it.

I had not considered the composition of particle board. I just like the way it looks when it is finished. I do have a half sheet of pure bond I will use instead. I just want it to be safe and durable.

I will, however remember to keep my dry sense of humor off of the forum. I promise I am an extremely involved parent and my kids come first. If they didn’t, I never would have posted this to begin with.

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 06:47 PM

My attempt at humor was met with some derision as well.

Sab, I understand your viewpoint. I attempted humor too. I don’t think the people that reply in that manner are considering you a bad parent, but I question their judgement as much as they question mine sometimes, I am sure. Like any good father, and most LumberJocks, safety is always the first consideration, or should be at least.

-- Zach, Ohio

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