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03-26-2011 07:01 AM

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I’m going to make a Baby Cradle for my niece. My choice of wood is oak. What I need to know is what types are recommended to use. My wife is worried that there maybe a possibility that certain stains and finishes may harm the child. I’m sure the kid won’t eat the crib but i guess you never know :-)

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 09:08 AM

These folks make kids’ toys and have info on what they use: Babies do chew on things, so if I were making something for a child, I’d make sure to use the least noxious finish I could and let it outgas to the point it didn’t stink of stain.

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 09:20 AM

You can’t go wrong with mineral oil.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 03:26 PM

On the cribs I have built I used the Tried and True Varnish Oil…. Safe for kids and provides a solid finish.

-- Troy, Virginia

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 02:36 PM

Shellac – food safe and easily repairable. Also, orange shellac on oak gives you an instant aged look.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 04:12 PM

Thanks People for your information I will pass this along to my finishing dept. ( My Wife ) :-)

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 04:52 AM

I second Shellac. Shellac very safe, it has even been used as coatings on candies as well as coatings for time-release medicine.

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 05:02 AM

I agree that shellac is absolutely the safest, though the shellac used for candy and pills is actually a completely different product than the wood finish, you wouldnt want a wood finish that dissolves in your mouth, but the fact is that you are safe with almost any modern finish. since everything meets VOC standards (Volotile Organic Compounds) and nothing contains lead anymore, the only danger is the solvent, which is completely gone by the time it is dry. even the most toxic finishes on the market today would still require drinking the stuff to do any damage, even if your kid chews the bars like a dog trying to get to a steak, your biggest worry should be a splinter.

I may get some grief about this from other LJ’s, and I agree, better safe than sorry, especially with small children, but if you have any limitations on finishing, use what you can, and dont worry about it.

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 07:18 AM

How about this stuff, I have used it on some stuff for my kids.
It is a beeswax polish with safer solvents than shellac uses.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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