Paint or not to paint

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Forum topic by nate22 posted 722 days ago 484 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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722 days ago

I have made some animal puzzles out of wood on my scroll saw. My question is would you paint them or not if you were going to sell them. I am still not sure if I want to or not. Here are some pictures of some of them.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 722 days ago

Have some both ways, painted and unpainted. See which moves the best. Personally, I would prefer painted unless they were made from a real colorful (or highly figured) wood.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#2 posted 721 days ago

How about dyed with the bright toy makers dyes that Highland woodworking sells? I guess it depends on how much time you want to put into them.

-- Tim

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#3 posted 721 days ago

Check the federal requirements. I’ve heard they changed recently and make it very hard for small shops to comply if you paint products for kids…

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 721 days ago

I would leave them unfinished. Even if you use a “safe” paint, oil, or ??, many parents will pass you by because they would rather be safe than sorry.

I’m dealing with a somewhat similar situation myself. I generate buckets full of scrap pieces of wood in all kinds of shape and size. I have a new grandson, and there are several youngsters in my neighborhood who would like to play with the scraps. I’ve been thinking of dumping a bucket full in a cement mixer and tumbling them to get rid of sharp edges and let the kids have at them.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 719 days ago

I agree with herb. I’d wax them and sell them that way!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 719 days ago

I would paint each animal/puzzle a different color and then bundle 3 puzzles to a package.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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